New archival collection - Davida Foy Crabtree papers

Monday, May 8, 2017

Davida Foy Crabtree was active with the United Church of Christ beginning in her teenage years. As a student in the late 1960s and early 1970s, she was deeply involved in the social change movements prevalent to this era. Much of the material she retained for this collection includes articles about social and political events and her involvement in them. Crabtree's focus as a young adult centered on spirituality, religion, and feminism. While working as campus minister at Central Connecticut State University, Crabtree saw a pressing need for a women's center and so founded the Prudence Crandall Center for Women (PCCW) to provide a haven for those living through domestic violence. During this time she also served on the United Church of Christ's Executive Council where she also championed women's issues.

In 1980 she was called to serve the Colchester Federated Church in Connecticut, where she served for 11 years. While serving there, she attended Hartford Seminary for her Doctor of Ministry degree. Following her tenure at Colchester, she took on the role of conference minister for the UCC's Southern California Conference until she returned to serve as Connecticut's conference minister in 1996. Crabtree retired from the post in 2010. Following that, she has served as senior consultant to the officers of the national UCC (2011-13); interim senior advancement officer for Andover Newton (2011); acting conference minister for Missouri Midsouth Conference (2013); interim conference minister for Florida Conference (2013-2014); and interim vice president for institutional advancement at Andover Newton (2016-2017).

The guide to this collection is now available on our website. We strongly encourage researchers to review this and to make an appointment before visiting.

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