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Jane Garrett Papers, 1973-2003
15 boxes (18 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 497

Abstract:
Priest; Editor. Approximately half of collection consists of files pertaining to homosexuality and same-sex marriage, notably the struggle within the Episcopal Church to come to terms with these issues. The other half pertains to authors with whom Garrett worked in her capacity as an editor at Alfred A. Knopf, moslty noted U.S. historians. There is also a small amount of material from her work with the Standing Commission on Anglican and International Peace with Justice Concerns on AIDS in Kuala Lumpur, and documents and photographs of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). NOTE: There is no container list online for this finding aid. You may contact the Sophia Smith Collection if you want one sent to you.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection with the following restrictions:

Portions of this collection are closed - contact the Sophia Smith Collection for more information.

Collection is stored offsite; researchers must request boxes 48 hours in advance.

Note: this collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Restrictions on use:

Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Jane Garrett earned her B.A. in history from the University of Delaware in 1957. From 1975 to 1978, she was enrolled in the Diocesan Studies Program at the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont, and during the 1978-79 academic year she studied at the Hartford Seminary. She returned to Vermont in 1979 and studied Clinical Pastoral Education for a year at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont. Middlebury College awarded her an Honorary Doctorate in Letters 1997, and in 2000 the University of Delaware awarded her a Medal of Distinction. From 1957 to 1968, Garrett was employed at the Boston Athenaeum, first in the Acquisitions Department and then as Assistant to the Director. While employed at the Athenaeum, and prior to being hired by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., she also worked as an editor for the New York Historical Society (1966 to 1967). From 1967 to 1973, she was Editor and Special Assistant to Alfred A. Knopf; she worked as an Editor full-time from 1974 to 1996, when she was promoted to Senior Editor. Garrett has specialized in working with noted authors of U.S. history, many of whom have won Pulitzer Prizes and other awards for books that she helped bring to press. Concurrent to pursuing her career at Knopf, Garrett has continued to be involved in the Episcopal Church; she was ordained as a Deacon in 1980 and as a Priest in 1981. She has been active in church politics, especially with regard to its attitudes toward and stated positions on homosexuality and same-sex unions.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Since Garrett is an Episcopal priest and has been very active in church politics, these materials offer valuable insight into the inner workings of the church; the broader social, political and cultural aspects of these issues are also well-documented. Approximately half of this collection consists of files pertaining to homosexuality and same- sex marriage, notably the struggle within the Episcopal Church to come to terms with these issues. The other half consists of files pertaining to authors with whom Garrett worked in her capacity as an editor at Alfred A. Knopf. Most of the authors are noted U.S. historians, and these files may be of interest for what they reveal about the author/editor relationship. There is also a small amount of material from her work with the Standing Commission on Anglican and International Peace with Justice Concerns on AIDS in Kuala Lumpur, and documents and photographs of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe).

NOTE: There is no container list online for this finding aid. You may contact the Sophia Smith Collection if you want one sent to you.


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

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection with the following restrictions:

Portions of this collection are closed - contact the Sophia Smith Collection for more information.

Collection is stored offsite; researchers must request boxes 48 hours in advance.

Note: this collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Restrictions on use:

Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Preferred Citation

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

Jane Garrett Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection
Accruals:

Periodic additions to collection are expected and may not be reflected in this record.


Additional Information
Contact Information
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Northampton, MA 01063

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Language
English


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Subjects
  • Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
  • Episcopal Church--Clergy--History--20th century--Sources
  • Garrett, Jane, 1935-
  • Homosexuality--Religious aspects--Christianity
  • Ordination of women--Episcopal Church
  • Same-sex marriage--Moral and ethical aspects--United States
  • Women clergy--United States--Biography--Sources
  • Women publishers--United States--Biography--Sources


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