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Harriette Lane Baggett papers

Identifier: CSC-013

Scope and Contents

The first series is Baggett's papers regarding the Women's Ordination Conference (WOC). The second series contains informational mailings from Catholics Speak Out, a project of the Quixote Center in Hyattsville, Maryland. The third series contains documents related to the Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing, China in 1995.


  • Creation: 1978-1996


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open and available to the public for research in the U.S. Catholic Special Collections reading room. The materials are non-circulating.

Copyright Notice

The materials in this collection may be protected by copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). The materials are available for personal, educational, and scholarly use. It is the responsibility of the researcher to locate and obtain permission from the copyright owner or his or her heirs for any other use, such as reproduction and publication.

Biography of Harriette Lane Baggett

Harriette Lane Baggett was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1922. She graduated from Maryville University in 1942. While living in St. Louis, she was involved in the Catholic Worker movement and other lay ministries. In the late 1970s, she received her Master's Degree of Divinity from Concordia Seminary in Exile (Seminex) in St. Louis. In a 1998 interview, she said she earned the degree at the Lutheran school in order to "be ready for ordination when the rules change in Rome." In 1989, Baggett represented St. Louis Catholics for Choice as a cosigner on an amicus curiae brief in the Supreme Court case of Webster v. Reproductive Health Services, supporting the latter. Baggett became involved with the Women's Ordination Conference in 1978. In 1984, Baggett was appointed a Core Commissioner of the WOC, requiring her to attend meetings around the country. She served as the Convenor for the working group for the 1985 national meeting, held in St. Louis, as well as the logistics liaison for the meeting. In 1988, she was among those honored as a "Prophetic Figure" in the Catholic feminist movement at the WOC's National Awards Dinner and Reunion. Baggett moved to Tallahassee, Florida in the 1990s.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Collection of Harriette Lane Baggett's papers from her activism in Catholic feminist organizations.

Statement of Arrangement

This collection retains the overall organizational scheme given to it by the creator, who had organized the materials by subject matter.


U.S. Catholic Special Collections, 304 Roesch Library

Related Material

The rest of Baggett's papers are held in the Jean Gould Bryant Library of Women's Studies at Florida State University.

Guide to the Harriette Lane Baggett papers, 1978-1996
Colleen Mahoney
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