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Correspondence, litigation files, documents, clippings, photographs, audio and video cassettes concerning the various causes and organizations with which Reverend Schiess was concerned, particularly the ordination of women and feminist issues. Organizations include the International Association of Women Ministers, the Episcopal Society for the Examination of Feminist Issues, the National Organization for Women, and the Movement for the Ordination of Women. Much of the material pertains to the July 1974 ordination of the "Philadelphia 11" and to the Lambeth Conference (England) and the General Convention of the Episcopal Church.

Files, 1889-1991, compiled by Lois M. Black relating to the Episcopal Society of the Examination of Feminist Issues and other topics relating to women's ordination. Includes a nomination submission for the National Women's Hall of Fame, 1994.

Book: Why Me Lord?; typescript paper "Goodbye to All That" explaining her current feelings about the Episcopal Church and women's issues; and cassette tape - New Zealand Public Radio, 1993. Annotated listing of the people who helped her. Copy of "The Little Yankee, From Riches to Rags: Letters of Mary Ann Corlis, 1815-1850," published letters of Betty Bone Schiess's ancestor, Mary Ann Corlis. Typescript notes about people who influenced her, titled "secularism, although still restrained by religious authorities."

Items relating to the 2014 Dewey-Heyward Lectures and EDS Women's Leadership Forum at the Episcopal Divinity School; and program for the 146th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York, 2014.Also includes DVD and program for a celebration of Karen DeCrow by the Central New York Women's Bar Association, April 2015

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