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Institutional Archives. Graduate Theological Union - Newspapers, Journals and Pamphlets. Religious Leaders of California. Sacred Dance. Info. Use of the Archives Collections in the GTU Archives are open to researchers whether faculty, student, or interested individual unless any restrictions are placed by the donor or the GTU Administration to protect privacy or confidentiality.


Finding aids to most of the collections are listed on Online Archive of California (OAC). Printed copies of the finding aids are available at the reference desk. Most are also listed in the catalog record in Grace.Most collections A list of the manuscript collection by title is available online. To explore our online exhibits and digital content, go to this landing page.

Researchers may view materials from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Notes from the Archives. Finding Aids. GTU Online Exhibits. Elsie Thomas Culver: Overseas Relief After World War II. Elsie Thomas Culver, a publicist for church relief services in New York City, packed her camera, hopped on a troop ship to England and then traveled through Europe on a fact finding mission in late 1945.

Elsie Thomas Culver: Overseas Relief After World War II

She writes: King James Bible Exhibit. Graduate Theological Union: Art Exhibits in the Library. Douglas G. Adams Collection: Introduction. Robert McAfee Brown. Featured Collections. Edith Stein, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross Collection Edith Stein (1891-1942), St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, was born into a Jewish family in Breslau. Germany. Margaret Palmer Taylor Sacred Dance. Margaret Palmer (1908-2004) was a pioneer in sacred dance in America.

Margaret Palmer Taylor Sacred Dance

Born in Oakland, California, she was a daughter of a Congregational minister. The family moved to Honolulu in 1917, where she learned creative dance in school. She continued to study dance, and earned her B.A. at Oberlin College in 1930, later attending Chicago Theological Seminary, 1931-32. Her first husband, Chester B. Thomas Starr King Collection. Thomas Starr King, to the Sunday School Scholars and Teachers of Hollis Street Society, Boston, Massachusetts, May 25, 1860: You cannot imagine, children, how splendid the flowers are here.

Thomas Starr King Collection

Albert Gleaves Cohen Collection. Albert Gleaves Cohen served as campus minister with United Ministries in Higher Education (UMHE) at California State University Fullerton (1965-69) and California State University in Los Angeles (1969-97).

Albert Gleaves Cohen Collection

The Cohen Campus Ministry, Social Justice and Environment collection contains his activities on campus and off for civil rights, minority causes, social justice, population, student issues, and intelligent stewardship of the environment. Cohen (1928- ) grew up in Philadelphia. He graduated as an engineer from the United States Naval Academy in 1949 . He toured the Seas of Japan on USS Floyd B. Parks prior to the Korean War and later served as an engineer on the USS K-1 submarine and the USS Catfish. Robert McAfee Brown Collection. Robert McAfee Brown taught theology and religious studies at Macalister College (St.

Robert McAfee Brown Collection

Paul), Union Theological Seminary (NY), Stanford University, and Pacific School of Religion (PSR). The Radical Religion Collection. In 1973, the Berkeley Free Church which had operated in the South Campus area of Berkeley since 1967, closed its doors, taking time to contemplate its future work.

The Radical Religion Collection

The former staff and board decided to conclude its ministry of survival services to street people and continue its publication arm in a new direction. This resulted in the creation of Radical Religion: A Quarterly Journal of Critical Opinion (1973-81). Sanctuary Movement. From The Public Sanctuary Movement: An Historical Basis of Hope: Oral Histories, Eileen M.

Sanctuary Movement

Purcell On March 24, 1982, five congregations in Berkeley, California, and one congregation in Tucson, Arizona, publicly declared their commitment to "protect, defend and advocate for" Salvadorean and Guatemalan men, women and children fleeing their war ravaged countries of Central America. Conditions in El Salvador and Guatemala pushed people to leave their lands, their families, their professions and their plans behind, often with little more than the clothes on their backs.

As thousands of refugees fled the wars in El Salvador and Guatemala, U.S. church groups were called to respond. The "Sanctuary Movement," as it came to be known, was born, and in just a few years grew from six congregations to more than five hundred congregations across the United States. Anne McGrew Bennett. Day of "Civil Obedience" 1970 I, Anne M.

Anne McGrew Bennett

Bennett, resident of New York City, aged 66, arrested and charged with "disorderly conduct. " There were some 181 other adults so charged and 15 minors released without charge. How do such things come to happen? What do they mean? A little before 7:30 that morning several hundred New Yorkers went to the Varick Street building housing the offices of Draft Boards 1-4, N.Y.C. When we got to the Varick Street building there were police barricades in front of the building and many, many police. The New York City police were unable to answer our inquiries as to whether the Draft Board offices were completely closed or if they were open for employees to work but closed to us, i.e., the public. To continue the story go to Day of "Civil Obedience". The Elsie Thomas Culver Collection. During World War II, Elsie Thomas Culver (1898-1988), a graduate of the Pacific School of Religion and ordained a Congregational minister (1943), worked for the Church Committee on Overseas Relief and Reconstruction (which later became Church World Service under the National Council of Churches).

As a publicist, she was in charge of creating material for fund raising campaigns. The Center for Women and Religion Collection. Center for Women and Religion at the GTU was the earliest established center for women in theological education. Frankl Collection and Logotherapy ? Graduate Theological Union. The Viktor E. Frankl Collection The GTU archives has one of the most important collections of Viktor Frankl and Logotherapy materials in the United States.

Dr. Viktor E. Frankl (1905-1997), a Jewish psychiatrist and neurologist, survived four concentration camps and founded the third Viennese school of psychotherapy. New Religious Movements — Graduate Theological Union. California has historically been a center for the development and practice of non-traditional or alternative religious movements.