Richardson, Nancy Papers

Span Dates: 1973-2022
Bulk Dates:
Volume: .5 linear feet


Collection contains biographical material about Nancy Richardson, including her curriculum vitae, ordination materials, the Community Change award that she received in 2012, and memory books devoted to Elaine Huber (Richardson's wife) and Lilac Grove (Huber and Richardson's home). Correspondence largely relates to Richardson's academic appointments, particularly her hiring at Harvard Divinity School. Publications, speeches, and articles by and about Richardson highlight her feminist, anti-racist theological and ministerial work. Many of the articles and speeches are related to Richardson's work with the Women's Theological Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Cutting the Mustard, a book about Richardson's removal from her position at Boston University School of Theology, is also included, as well as reviews of the book.

Hist/Bio Note

Nancy Richardson is a feminist, lesbian, anti-racist theologian and ordained minister with the United Church of Christ. She was born in 1939 and studied at University of Richmond (Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, 1962), Duke University (Master of Divinity in Ethics and New Testament, 1969), and Boston University (Ph.D. in Social Ethics and Theology; Religion and Education, 1985). Richardson served as co-director of the Women's Theological Center in Boston, Massachusetts, from 1982 until 1993, when she left to become Harvard Divinity School's first Associate Dean of Ministry Studies. Richardson is committed to anti-racist and social justice work, and in 2012 she received a "Challenging Structural Racism" lifetime achievement award from Community Change, Inc. in Boston. Elaine C. Huber (1930-2020) was Nancy Richardson's partner and spouse for 46 years.

Finding Aid

An online finding aid is available.


This collection is housed at Duke University David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library 411 Chapel Drive Durham, NC 27708


Feminism | Author/editor | Women and Religion | Theology | Massachusetts | Boston