Rachel Waltner Goossen Collection on LGBTQ Mennonite Leaders

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Rachel Waltner Goossen Collection on LGBTQ Mennonite Leaders


  • 2016-2020 (Creation)


2.43 GB; 21 mp3 recordings

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Born in Newton, Kansas. Parents James Waltner and Lenore Pankratz.

Graduated from Bethel College 1982. From University of California Santa Barbara 1984. From University of Kansas 1993, Ph. D. in history.

History professor at Goshen College 1995-1999.

History professor at Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas, 2000-.

Author of  Women against the Good War: Conscientious Objection and Gender on the American Home Front, 1941-47(University of North Carolina Press, 1997).

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Oral histories recorded during the course of Goossen's research on the rise of LGBTQ leaders in Mennonite Church USA.  Goossen's research was published in an article entitled, "'Repent of the Sins of Homophobia': The Rise of Queer Mennonite Leaders" (Nova Religio 24:3 (February 2021).  The collection includes nineteen oral history interviews and copies of consent statements signed by interviewees. Other oral interviews conducted for this project were not released for public research (at the request of those who participated with Goossen in the interviews) and remain in Goossen's possession.

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These materials are divided into three series:

(1) LGBTQ Allies

(2) LGBTQ Leaders

(3) MC USA Officials

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These materials are open for public research but may not be digitally reproduced or published elsewhere without written permission from the Mennonite Church USA Archives.

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Contact the archives (archives@mennoniteusa.org) to request access to the digital interview recordings.

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Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Copyright owned by the Mennonite Church USA Archives.

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  • English

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