Spretnak, Charlene Papers

Span Dates: 1946-2020
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Volume: 12 boxes


This collection documents the career and intellectual output of Charlene Spretnak, including publications (articles and books), drafts, lectures, research notes, and correspondence, as well as photographs, video recordings, and audio recordings of some interviews and presentations. The collection also includes one box of personal materials from Spretnak’s childhood and early adulthood.

Hist/Bio Note

Charlene Spretnak (1946 - ) is an academic, author, and activist who was involved in women’s spirituality and ecofeminism movements within second-wave feminism, as well as the Green Party movement within the United States. She has written articles and books on cultural history, ecological philosophy, feminism and other social change, religion and spirituality, art, and literature. Charlene Spretnak was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1946 and raised in Columbus, Ohio, the elder of two daughters. Her father was a professor of metallurgical engineering at Ohio State University; her mother was a homemaker. The 11 summers Charlene spent at a Camp Fire Girls camp in the Hocking Hills, in the Appalachian foothills of southeastern Ohio, constituted a formative experience. She graduated magna cum laude, with appointment to Phi Beta Kappa, from a Jesuit university: Saint Louis University. She also earned an MA in English and American Literature from the University of California at Berkeley. Spretnak taught at the University of California at Berkeley and at the California Institute of Integral Studies, from which she retired in 2012 as professor emerita of philosophy and religion. Source: Charlene Spretnak. For a more detailed biography written by Spretnak, please see the first item in the collection.

Finding Aid

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This collection is available at Smith College Special Collections Neilson Library, 7 Neilson Drive Northampton, Massachusetts, 01063


Author/editor | Feminism | California | Women's spirituality | Spretnak, Charlene