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This guide contains published and unpublished items that were by Dr. Georgia Harkness. This is meant to be a companion to our digital collection and archival holdings.


Georgia Elma Harkness


This guide contains various resources by/about Dr. Georgia Elma Harkness. This includes books, articles, chapters, reviews, dissertations, and much more. Items are either available freely online through the Georgia Harkness Papers digital collection or at The Styberg Library. You can find many by using USearch.


Dr. Georgia Elma Harkness (1891-1974) was the first woman to hold a full professorship in theology in a Protestant seminary in the United States. In 1939, she joined the faculty of Garrett Biblical Institute (now known as Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary) as Professor of Applied Theology after previously serving on the faculties of Elmira and Mount Holyoke Colleges. She later served as a faculty member at Pacific School of Religion. She was a prolific author who wrote at least thirty-eight books and hundreds of articles, as well as several hymns and many poems. Her work made theology understandable and was focused largely upon laity, particularly in the Methodist Church. She advocated for full clergy rights for women in the Methodist Church, was an ordained local Elder in the Methodist Church's Troy Conference, and served as a delegate to the General Conference of the Methodist Church multiple times. She was also dedicated to ecumenism and was a key leader in the American ecumenical movement.

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