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Teresina R. Havens Papers, 1891-1994
8 boxes (3.3 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 211

Abstract:
Professor of comparative religion; Founder, spiritual retreat Temenos, Shutesbury, MA. Included in the collection are scrapbooks from Japan and the coal mining town of Bradley, Ohio. Correspondence with family members provides insight into her personal and spiritual development. Havens' papers include dairies; Smith College student papers; published articles; teaching materials; and the papers of her mother, Teresina Peck Rowell.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The Havens Papers are open for research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to unpublished works of Teresina Havens. Copyright to materials created by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission must be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use."

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note
Teresina Rowell Havens, undated

Teresina Rowell Havens, undated

Teresina Rowell was born January 13, 1909, the daughter of Wilfrid Asa Rowell, a Congregational minister, and Teresina Peck Rowell (Smith 1894). Following her graduation from Smith College in 1929, Rowell went to Europe. She traveled during the summer and then studied comparative religion at the University of London. She returned to the United States in 1931 and began study at Yale under a fellowship awarded by the National Council of Religion in Higher Education. She received a Ph.D. in comparative religion from Yale in 1933. Between 1933 and 1936 Rowell taught Sociology of Religion at Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota. In 1936 she visited Japan to investigate the relationship between Buddhism and the Imperial (Shinto) Cult. While there, she encountered the Itto-En sect, a group of Buddhist Christians who were practicing voluntary poverty. She gave up her traveling money to the founder of the order and became an apostle and missionary. She returned to the U.S. in 1937. In 1940 she became a Quaker after working as summer staff at the Quaker retreat and study center at Pendle Hill, Wallingford, Pennsylvania. Influenced by socialist Quakers and the journal of the Quaker, John Woolman, she lived with coal-miners' families in eastern Ohio in the late-1930s. In August 1942, with three other Pendle Hill students, she moved to the black ghetto of Chester, Pennsylvania, and set up a work and prayer commune where she did volunteer housework and other manual labor for families. In 1945, Joseph Durald Havens joined the commune and he and Teresina were married in January 1947. A daughter, Lucia, was born in 1947 and a son, Wilfrid Thwing, in 1951. She was also a staff member at Pendle Hill from 1942 to 1948.

Throughout the years Teresina Havens taught religion at various colleges and universities including Beloit College (1938); Smith College (1939-42); University of Southern California (1950-51); Wilmington College (Ohio) (1954-56) and Springfield College (Massachusetts) (1968-70). She also taught philosophy at Westfield State College (Massachusetts) (1966-67). In the 1970s she taught courses at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in their semi-autonomous experimental Project 10, which was a series of seminars, workshops, and tutorials meant to explore different ways of learning.

In 1972 the Havens set out on a five-month odyssey across the United States, visiting a number of spiritual communities. Returning to the east they purchased land in Shutesbury, Massachusetts, where they created a spiritual retreat and conference center. They named the place Temenos, a Greek word for the sacred enclosed place surrounding a temple or altar. It was incorporated in 1981 under an advisory group with the Havens as founders and program directors. They retired and moved to Oregon in 1989 where Teresina died February 14,1992.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Teresina Rowell Havens Papers consist of 3 1/3 linear feet of correspondence, photographs, diaries, writings, memorabilia, printed material, and one audiotape. They date from 1891 to 1994 with the bulk of the material beginning in the 1930s.

Included with these papers are travel diaries, a small amount of correspondence, and writings of her mother, Teresina Peck Rowell. The Teresina Rowell Havens Papers provide an excellent insight into one women's spiritual development as well as some of the experimental teaching methods of the 1970s. Teresina's life was intentionally unconventional and her papers reflect an alternative lifestyle spanning 50 years.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The Havens Papers are open for research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to unpublished works of Teresina Havens. Copyright to materials created by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission must be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use."

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Teresina Rowell Havens Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, MA

History of the Collection

Teresina Rowell Havens donated her papers to the Sophia Smith Collection between 1986 and 1991. Additional material was donated by Marjorie Kellogg and Lenore Diane in1992.

Processing Information

Processed by Susan Boone, 2000.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
SERIES I. BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIAL, MEMORABILIA AND PHOTOGRAPHS



Curriculum vitae,
n.d.

Box 1: folder 1
Interview by Dianne Hayter,
1987

Box 1: folder 2
Articles,
1948-94, n.d.

Box 1: folder 3
Scrapbooks from Japan,
1937

Box 1: folder 4-7
Note:
Correspondence and memorabilia from Bradley, OH,
1938

Box 1: folder 8
Memorabilia



Drawings made during worship at Temenos,
n.d.

Box 1: folder 9
Miscellaneous,
1944, n.d.

Box 1: folder 10
Photographs,
1928-38, n.d.

Box 1: folder 11
SERIES II. CORRESPONDENCE



Teresina Peck Rowell to family,
1913, n.d.

Box 2: folder 1
From Teresina Rowell Havens



Wilfrid and Teresina Peck Rowell



Note:
1927-45

Box 2: folder 2-14
1946-53, n.d.

Box 3: folder 1-5
Others,
1941-91, n.d.

Box 3: folder 6
Marjorie Kellogg (spiritual friend of the Universal Third Order),
1987-88

Box 3: folder 7
From friends to Teresina Rowell Havens,
1929-42, 1971-80, n.d.

Box 3: folder 8
From Joseph and Teresina Rowell Havens



Lucia Havens,
1963-88, n.d.

Box 3: folder 9-12
Wilfrid Thwing Havens and family,
1971-73, 1985, n.d.

Box 4: folder 1
Miscellaneous family,
1972-87

Box 4: folder 2
Friends (Christmas letters),
1973, 1990-91

Box 4: folder 3
To Joseph Havens from Gerry McFarland,
1979

Box 4: folder 4
Lucia Havens to Teresina and Joseph Havens,
1962-82

Box 4: folder 5
To Lucia Havens from others,
1963-64, n.d.

Box 4: folder 6
Wilfrid Thwing Havens to family
1963-85

Box 4: folder 7
SERIES III. WRITINGS



Diaries



Teresina Peck Rowell,
1913, 1929, 1937

Box 4
Teresina Rowell Havens



1920-42

Box 5
1943-87

Box 6
Other



Teresina Peck Rowell,
1891-1938, n.d.

Box 7: folder 1
Teresina Rowell Havens



Smith College,
1926-28

Box 7: folder 2
Publications,
1931-88, n.d.

Box 7: folder 3-5
"Not a Proposition But a Method--Paradoxes of Buddhism in the Classroom" (a chapter for the Festschrift for Edwin Burtt),
1970

Box 7: folder 6
SERIES IV. TEACHING AND LECTURE MATERIAL



University of Massachusetts, Project 10



Buddhism,
1970

Box 8: folder 1
Death and Rebirth,
1971

Box 8: folder 2
Learning Through Posture and Gesture,
n.d.

Box 8: folder 3
Center for Interpretation of Academic and Meditative Disciplines,
1973-74

Box 8: folder 4
Miscellaneous,
1970, 1988

Box 8: folder 5
Inquiry Program,
1978-80

Box 8: folder 6
Friends Conference on Religion and Psychology (Haverford, PA),
1985

Box 8: folder 7
Miscellaneous,
1960-91, n.d.

Box 8: folder 8
Network On Alternative Teachings
n.d.

Box 8: folder 9
Self-evaluations and contracts,
1976-79

Box 8: folder 10
SERIES V. SUBJECTS



Lucia Havens,
1950

Box 8: folder 11
Quakers and Mt. Toby Friends Meeting,
1964-81, n.d.

Box 8: folder 12
Society for Religion in Higher Education,
1970, n.d.

Box 8: folder 13
Temenos,
1973-88, n.d.

Box 8: folder 14

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Subjects
  • Havens, Teresina R. (Teresina Rowell)
  • Japan--Social life and customs--20th century--Sources
  • Japan--description and travel--Sources
  • New Age movement--United States--History--Sources
  • Religions--Study and teaching--History--Sources
  • Rowell, Teresina Peck, 1872-1945
  • Society of Friends--United States--History--Sources
  • Spirituality--United States--History--20th century--Sources
  • Temenos (Shutesbury, Mass.)--History--Sources
  • Unification Church--United States--History--Sources
  • University of Massachusetts (Amherst, Mass.)--Faculty--History--Sources


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