The Dusty Pruitt Collection is comprised of personal and professional papers (1945-2002, bulk 1983-1995) from minister, Army
veteran and activist Rev. Dr. Dusty Pruitt. The papers include reports, legal briefs, interviews, correspondence, administration
records, videocassettes, photographs and clippings from Pruitt related to a 12-year legal dispute with the Department of Defense
pertaining to her sexual orientation; a proposed film about Pruitt, entitled
A Woman at War; and Pruitt's ministry at the Metropolitan Community Church in Long Beach, California.
Carolyn Dusty Pruitt was born on July 19, 1946, in Ballinger, Texas the first of three siblings. She earned an Associate of
Arts degree from Jacksonville Baptist College in Jacksonville, Texas in 1965. She graduated in 1970 from Stephen F. Austin
State University in Nacogdoches, Texas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Spanish with a minor in Education. Pruitt
was an Army officer from 1970 to 1983, transferring to the Reserves in 1976. In 1980, she graduated from the Cliff School
of Theology in Denver, Colorado with a Master of Divinity. She received her Doctor of Ministry degree from Claremont School
of Theology in Claremont, California in 1987. Pruitt started her ministry as Assistant Pastor of Agape Metropolitan Community
Church (MCC) in Fort Worth, Texas and Denver, Colorado. She was the pastor of MCC Long Beach, California for 15 years, until
1995. After leaving MCC Long Beach, Ms. Pruitt was pastor for various MCC churches until her retirement in 2001 with 25 years
4.7 linear feet.
2 archive boxes + 3 archive cartons + 1 flat box.
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