Mary R. Hopkins Papers, 1936-1998
A Finding Aid

(9 boxes; 4.5 linear ft.)

RG5/222


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Abstract
Mary Hopkins was born in 1928 in Boston, Massachusetts. She graduated from Smith College in 1951 and earned her MSS from Bryn Mawr School of Social Work in 1977. Mary Hopkins was particularly interested in feminism, art, art history, Jungian psychology, mythology, and theology. As a Quaker, she wrote and spoke on the issue of women in the Quaker faith and community. Much of her research involved ancient religions and the ways that modern women can incorporate these ideas into their spiritual life. Hopkins gave many lectures and slide shows to many groups. Her research and lectures led to a video series titled Woman and her Symbols. The collection includes letters and papers relating to her education and career as a social worker in Pennsylvania, art research, lectures, and Quaker activities. Her activities included Women's Caucus for Art, Friends General Conference, Friends Conference on Religion and Psychology, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, and other Quaker groups.

Background note:
Mary Hopkins was born in 1928 in Boston Massachusetts, the daughter of Francis C. and Virginia Reed. Mary Caroline Reed attended Finch Junior College and subsequently graduated from Smith College in 1951. She married Byrd Hopkins in the middle of her senior year and had four children. She began to volunteer and then work for the Northern Educational Service in Springfield, Massachusetts, as a counseling coordinator for disadvantaged students. Beginning in the early 1960s, she regularly attended Friends' Conference on Religion and Psychology and studied Jungian psychology. She was an English major in College, but after her marriage ended in 1971, she increasingly became involved in religious thought, psychology, feminism, and social work. She also became a Quaker, joining the Mount Toby Monthly Meeting. In 1977 she earned an MSW from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. From 1977 to 1981, she worked as a medical social worker for Sacred Heart Hospital in Chester, Pa., and in private practice. She was a long time participant in the Round Table Associates, an Association for Analytical Psychology in the Delaware Valley. In the 1980s, Hopkins became deeply interested in the search for a female identity through symbols and researched the images of women in art, collecting an extensive collection of slides. After leaving the social work profession, she developed a series of slide lectures on female symbols and the lack of a female iconography created by women; she presented these talks in many forums, including Quaker, feminist, and Jungian groups. She was also active in the Women?s Caucus for Art and worked for three years as a national administrator for the organization. Her research evolved into a workshop entitled "Exploring Women's Spirituality Through Art History" in six parts, five of which were made into a video tapes entitled "Woman and Her Symbols" in three parts. An active Friend as well as a feminist, Mary Hopkins was involved in groups which were trying to develop a more woman-centered meeting. In the 1990s, she devoted increasing amount of time and energy to Quaker activities. She was active in Friends General Conference, especially in the Women's Center and was a member of the Ministry and Nurture Committee. She served as Clerk of the Women's Committee of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. She was also involved in Quaker meetings as a clerk and observer. In the mid-1990s she participated in the Structure and Workings Committee of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Several of her articles concern religion and the spiritual state of the Society of Friends, with special attention to silent worship. The two main religious writings are from 1968 and 1975, a sermon and a Spiritual Autobiography.

Scope and content
Contains the papers of Mary R. Hopkins, Quaker social worker, lecturer, and feminist. This collection reflects her evolution from her early adult life as a 1950s housewife and mother to a social worker and then a radical feminist. In the 1980s, Hopkins became deeply interested in the search for a female identity through symbols and researched the images of women in art, collecting an extensive collection of slides. After leaving the social work profession, she developed a series of slide lectures on female symbols and the lack of a female iconography created by women; she presented these lectures to Quaker, feminist, and Jungian groups. An active Friend as well as a feminist, she was invloved in Friends General Conference, Friends Conference on Religion and Psychology, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, and other Quaker and feminist groups. The two main religious writings are from 1968 and 1975, a sermon and a spiritual autobiography.

Organization: Series 1. Biographical; 2. Correspondence; 3. Writings, lectures, and workshops; 4. Quaker organizations and activities.


Administrative and Other Descriptive Information

Restrictions
Collection is open for research.

Copyright has not been assigned to Friends Historical Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in to the Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Friends Historical Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by researcher.

Acquisition Information
Deposit, Mary R. Hopkins, 1998.

Processing information
Received in five cartons. Papers were in acidic folders but not sorted or ordered. Official minutes and PYM committee-related material transferred to RG2. Papers were then sorted into series and arranged chronologically.

Separated material
Transferred to the respective committee records of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting deposited in Friends Historical Library: CCI, General Secretary Search Committee, Abortion Study Group, Structures and Organization Committee.

Transferred to the Quaker Collection at Haverford College: Women's Committee (PYM)

Photographs of Mary R. Hopkins stored in FHL Individual Portrait Collection.

Related material
Woman and Her Symbols (video recording)

The Dynamics of an Unprogrammed Meeting for Worship, 1999.


Added entries

Subjects
  • Art and mythology
  • Art, Ancient
  • Feminism and art
  • Feminist psychology
  • Feminist spirituality
  • Feminists -- 20th century
  • Friends Conference on Religion and Psychology
  • Friends General Conference (U.S.)
  • Goddesses in art
  • Hopkins, Mary R., b. 1928
  • Jungian psychology
  • Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends
  • Public worship -- Society of Friends
  • Quakers -- Controversy
  • Quakers -- Pennsylvania
  • Society of Friends -- Pennsylvania
  • Society of Friends -- Customs and practices
  • Society of Friends--Women
  • Spiritual life -- Society of Friends
  • Woman and her symbols [video recording]
  • Women in art

    Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Friends General Conference (U.S.)
  • Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends

    Contact information

    Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

     


    Collection inventory

    Note to Researchers: These records may only be consulted Swarthmore, and are not available through inter-Library loan.


    Series 1: Biographical, 1936-90

    Short Hills Private School and Shipley School
    1936-1938, 1944-1946
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Finch Junior College and Smith College
    1949-1951
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research
    1976-1977
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Bryn Mawr class essays
    1975-1976
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Thesis, PSRO in a Small Hospital of Social Work
    1977
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Miscellaneous certificates, etc.
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Northern Educational Service, Springfield, Mass.
    1967-1968
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Sacred Heart Hospital, Chester, Pa.
    1977-1981
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Job search
    1983-1984
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Applications for teaching
    1985
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Women's Caucus for Art (WCA)
    1987-1990
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Series 2: Correspondence, 1865, 1977-1985

    My Mother's Letter Written January 1, 1865
    1982
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Typescript by Virginia Rodman Reed in 1982

    Miscellaneous correspondence
    1977-1979
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Correspondence, much concerning workshops and efforts to publish
    1981-1983
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Correspondence, much concerning workshops and efforts to publish
    1984
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Correspondence, much concerning workshops and efforts to publish
    1985
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Correspondence primarily concerning Darrell Sifford columns in Philadelphia Inquirer
    1985
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Correspondence
    1986
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Correspondence
    1987
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Correspondence
    1988
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Correspondence
    1989
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Correspondence
    1990
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Correspondence
    1991
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Correspondence
    1992
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Correspondence
    1993
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Correspondence
    1994
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Series 3: Writings, Lectures, and Workshops, 1961-1997

    Mary Hopkins revised and lectured on the topics of women's spiritual growth, female symbolism, and Jungian theory beginning in the early 1980s through the 1990s.
    Arrangement is roughly chronological and also topical since the subject matter generally took years to research and develop.

    Anniversary poem and other early writings
    1961
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Sermon, Hampden Federated Church
    1968
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Spiritual Autobiography and related correspondence
    1975
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    2 copies, one edited by Nancy

    Use of Friends Practices in Social Work
    1979
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Essays by Edwin Burtt, given to Mary Hopkins
    1980
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Notes on presenting workshop of writing a spiritual biography
    c. 1984
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Round Table Associates (An Association for Analytical Psychology in the Delaware Valley)
    1978-1989
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Roundtable, Pendle Hill, Workshops
    1982
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Roundtable, Pendle Hill, workshop on Individuation and The Cave of Life, A Woman's Journey in Fairy Tale essays

    Early slide lecture, Ithaca, NY
    1982
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    My Search for Sophia, published in Inward Light
    1982
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Sophia project
    1983-1988
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Pendle Hill workshop on women
    1983-1984
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Pendle Hill workshop on Holistic Health and Healing
    1983
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Menses
    1983-1986
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Women Gathering
    1983-1985
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Mailing lists, flyers, and contacts for M. Hopkins' workshops
    1983-1993
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Triangle
    Ca. 1983-1985
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Essays on female symbols, which became a workshop topic

    Symbols: Phrygian Cap (Liberty Bonnet)
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Symbols: snake
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Cauldron and Grail
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Symbols: Gorgon
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Draft for Female
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Signs Lecture and Slide Presentation, Part I
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Slide lecture on Feminine Aspects of Divinity
    1984
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    8-part class program, Main Line School Night Assoc.
    1984
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Correspondence with the Event re: reprint of Menses articles on symbols
    1984-1985
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    The Event, Journal of Clothes-Optional Living on the Eastern Seaboard, correspondence re: reprint of Menses articles on symbols

    Annotated bibliographies on feminist topics of art and spiritual topics
    1984-1988
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Correspondence concerning Paleolithic Venus figure
    1986-1990
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Ancient Goddesses and Modern Women
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    GYN/ESTHETICS: The World from a Woman's Point of View
    1985-1986
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Typed drafts of an article on signs and symbols.

    Feminist Critique of Jung's Anima Theory
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Pendle Hill workshop on Friends and Feminism
    1985
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Essay on the Politics of Childbirth
    1985
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Lecture on Images of Women Through History, Reading Methodist Church
    1985
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Friends and Feminism, Pendle Hill
    1985
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Drafts for Pendle Hill pamphlets, Her Way of Knowing and An Epistle to Friends
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    International Women's Day Celebration
    1985-1986
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Institute in Culture and Creation Spirituality
    1986-1987
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Lecture on Being and Becoming Ourselves, Phila. Chapter of Women's Caucus for Art
    1986
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Women Take Liberty
    1986
    (1 folder)
    Box 5

    Women's Caucus for Art materials
    1983-1989
    (1 folder)
    Box 5

    Women's Caucus for Art, book reviews for books on women artists
    1986-1990
    (1 folder)
    Box 5

    Miscellaneous workshops attended
    1986-1988
    (1 folder)
    Box 5

    Draft of Women of Power article, Creative Woman
    1986-1987
    (1 folder)
    Box 5

    Women's Spiritual Center, Delaware County
    1987
    (1 folder)
    Box 5

    Slide lecture Women as Shadow
    1987
    (1 folder)
    Box 5

    Slide lecture Women as Shadow, prepared for 1/18/1987 Roundtable

    Lecture Revisioning the Feminine, from Earth-Mother to Love-Goddess
    1988
    (1 folder)
    Box 5

    Slide lecture Women's Art and Our Collective Myths
    1988
    (1 folder)
    Box 5

    Women's Spirituality
    Ca. 1986
    (1 folder)
    Box 5

    Women's Spirituality slide lecture
    1988
    (1 folder)
    Box 5

    Drafts for expanded Women's Spirituality Slide lecture
    (1 folder)
    Box 6

    Women's Spirituality narrative for slide lecture
    (1 folder)
    Box 6

    Women's Spirituality, slide lecture for Newtown Square Meeting
    1991-1992
    (1 folder)
    Box 6

    Modern Women Artists: Creativity and Our Society's Collective Myth (longer form)
    (1 folder)
    Box 6

    Slide lecture, Women, the Arts and Society Conference, Susquehanna University
    1988
    (1 folder)
    Box 6

    MUSE Gallery seminar
    1988
    (1 folder)
    Box 6

    Slide lecture Twentieth Century Women's Art, MUSE 10th anniversary
    1988
    (1 folder)
    Box 6

    Correspondence concerning effort to have Woman and Her Symbols published
    1988-1989
    (1 folder)
    Box 6

    MS submitted to Psychological Perspectives with comments, Revisioning the Feminine
    1989
    (1 folder)
    Box 6

    Revised Woman and her Symbols
    1989
    (1 folder)
    Box 6

    Poetry Inspired by My Work
    1989
    (1 folder)
    Box 6

    Grant application for Woman and her Symbols video
    1990
    (1 folder)
    Box 6

    Correspondence concerning Woman and her Symbols and Muse in the Mirror videos (Quaker Video)
    1990-1993
    (1 folder)
    Box 6

    Rutgers University panel Women Artists
    1990
    (1 folder)
    Box 7

    Women?s Caucus for Art panel Post Patriarchal Women's Art
    1991
    (1 folder)
    Box 7

    Delaware Women's Conference
    1991
    (1 folder)
    Box 7

    Typed MS Cast the First Stone
    1991
    (1 folder)
    Box 7

    Exploring Women's Spirituality
    1991
    (1 folder)
    Box 7

    Revised Woman and Her Symbols with bibliography
    1991
    (1 folder)
    Box 7

    Muse lectures, etc.
    1991-1992
    (1 folder)
    Box 7

    Muse in the Mirror Shooting script
    1992
    (1 folder)
    Box 7

    Essay by Lenny Lianne on her Medusa project
    1992
    (1 folder)
    Box 8

    Art exhibit Women Revisioning the Sacred
    1997
    (1 folder)
    Box 8

    Lecture, Women's Resource Center
    1997
    (1 folder)
    Box 8

    Publicity, articles, ads (folder 1)
    1981-1993
    (2 folders)
    Box 8

    Miscellaneous essays and reflections
    1984-1997, n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 8

    Series 4: Quaker organizations and activities, 1972-1998

    Friends Conference on Religion and Psychology
    1972-1985
    (1 folder)
    Box 8

    Friends General Conference
    1974-1980
    (1 folder)
    Box 8

    Radnor Monthly Meeting
    1977-1979
    (1 folder)
    Box 8

    Quaker concerns
    1979-1986
    (1 folder)
    Box 8

    Use of Friends' Practices in Social work
    1979
    (1 folder)
    Box 8

    Media Monthly Meeting RE: Abortion issue
    1982
    (1 folder)
    Box 8

    Washington Friends' Conference on Religion and Psychology
    1982
    (1 folder)
    Box 8

    Friends General Conference
    1984-1988
    (1 folder)
    Box 8

    The Friendly Nuisance
    1984-1990
    (1 folder)
    Box 9

    Newsletter from Women in Friends Ministry

    Women in Friends Ministry
    1985-1997
    (1 folder)
    Box 9

    Friends General Conference
    1987-1990
    (1 folder)
    Box 9

    Illinois Yearly Meeting
    1987-1988
    (1 folder)
    Box 9

    Friends General Conference, Unity with Nature, Ecofeminism, Environmental Working Group PYM
    1989-1990
    (1 folder)
    Box 9

    Concerning gathered meetings
    1988-1998
    (1 folder)
    Box 9

    Retreat on Gathered Meeting
    1989
    (1 folder)
    Box 9

    New England Yearly Meeting
    1989-1990
    (1 folder)
    Box 9

    All Friends Weekend, Minneapolis
    1991
    (1 folder)
    Box 9

    Little Rock Monthly Meeting
    1991-1992
    (1 folder)
    Box 9

    Friends General Conference Workshop
    1992
    (1 folder)
    Box 9

    Series Exploring Women's Spirituality sponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting
    1993
    (1 folder)
    Box 9

    London Yearly Meeting
    1993
    (1 folder)
    Box 9

    Structures and Working Committee (Philadelphia Yearly Meeting)
    1994-1996
    (1 folder)
    Box 9

    Friends General Conference workshops
    1994-1996
    (1 folder)
    Box 9

    Marge Abbott's work on Liberal Friends in the 20th century
    1994
    (1 folder)
    Box 9