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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitlePapers of Olwen Smith
Ref No7OLS
Box Fetch NoBox 01; Box OS90
LevelCollection
Date1962-2012
Extent1 A box; OS items
Admin Biographical HistoryOlwen Smith (fl.1962-2012) grew up in the diocese of Leicester, and as a teenager had a strong vocation to serve as an Anglican minister. After leaving school she read theology at the University of Birmingham, followed by a postgraduate diploma in pastoral studies. In 1968 Olwen Smith took up her first post as a parish worker at St Nicholas' Church, Lincoln, working there while her husband John trained for the ministry at Lincoln Theological College. The couple then moved to Grimsby, where Olwen worked for Industrial Mission, and then to Wolverhampton, where she joined the Black Country Industrial Mission team. In 1987 she was ordained Deacon, and subsequently became one of the first women to be ordained priest in Apr 1994. In 1998 she became a Prebendary of Lichfield Cathedral.
Custodial HistoryThese papers were in the possession of Olwen Smith who donated them to The Women's Library
DescriptionCorrespondence and papers collected by Olwen Smith during and prior to her involvement with the Movement for the Ordination of Women (MOW), including newsletters, circulars, copy minutes and press cuttings. Also includes publications from the 1960s (predating MOW) about opportunities available to women who felt called to work in the church. This archive provides a personal perspective on the Movement.
Related MaterialThe Women's Library also holds:
Records of the Group for Rescinding the Act of Synod (GRAS)
Records of St Joan's International Alliance (2SJA)
Records of the Anglican Group for the Ordination of Women to the Historic Ministry of the Church (5AGO)
Records of the Catholic Women's Ordination (5RCW)
Records of the Society for the Ministry of Women in the Church (5SMW)
Records of Women Word Spirit (5WWS)
Records of the Movement for the Ordination of Women (6MOW)
Papers of Agnes Maude Royden (7AMR)
Papers of Dorothea Edith Belfield (7DEB)
Papers of Everild Feeny (7EMF)
Papers of Ursula Roberts (7URO)
Papers of Vivienne Lake (7VEL)
Papers of Victoria Liddiard (7VLI)
Papers of Patricia Pinkerton (PINKERTON)
The Women's Library printed collection also holds periodicals for the relevant organisations search LSE 'LibrarySearch'.
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