The archive consists of press cuttings, articles, photocopies of letters relating to the ordination of 11 women deacons to the priesthood in the Protestant Episcopal Church of the United States of America which occurred on 29 Jul 1974 in Philadephia.
Papers of Emil Oberholzer
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 106 7EOB
- Former ReferenceGB 106 7/XX31; 7/XXX31; TH324
- Dates of Creation1956-1978
- Physical Description0.5 A box (uncatalogued)
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Dr Emil Oberholzer was involved in the campaign for the ordination of women. On 29 Jul 1974 (Feast of Mary and Martha), 11 women were ordained at the Episcopal Church of the Advocate in Philadelphia. On 15 Aug 1974 these priestly vows were invalidated by resolution of the Episcopal House of Bishops and the four bishops who had performed the ordination were censured.
Original order has been maintained.
This collection is available for research. Readers are advised to contact The Women's Library in advance of their first visit.
The collection was deposited by Emil Oberholzer in 1978 as an outright gift.
Other Finding Aids
The Women's Library catalogue.