ADVENTIST HERITAGE RESOURCES
The largest part of the Center’s collections are published and unpublished resources by or about the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Among these resources are the following subgroups, most of which may be located via the James White Library catalog.
Books, Pamphlets, and Microforms
The Center holds nearly 60,000 books, over 2,000 Andrews University dissertations and theses, close to 30,000 other text materials, and 12,600 microforms. These items are collected in as many editions and physical appearances, and languages as possible. English is the principal language of the collection, but non-English publications and materials are also extensively collected.
Official Church Publications and Records
Researchers will find in these resources a wealth of information. These include publications from the local church to the General Conference, church bulletins, church record books, the histories of local churches, conference directories, year books from many educational institutions, General Conference Bulletins, the Church Manual, Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook, and the Working Policy of the General Conference, North American Division, and many other world divisions.
Seventh-day Adventist Periodicals
Periodical resources include nearly 25,000 volumes of English and non-English Adventist titles comprising over 3,200 different titles. Of these titles, over 900 are non-English titles. This is the finest and most complete collection of its kind in existence, and arguably one of the Center’s most significant resources for historical research. Access is via the James White Library catalog. Do a non-LC call number search for “Car Periodical”.
Personal Papers Collections
The Center holds over 325 named personal papers collections comprising over 1,700 linear feet (516 m). These collections of private papers include letters, research material, lecture notes, sermons, writings, diaries, personal memorabilia, photographs, family material, and a host of other type of documents, ephemera, and artifacts. Collections include those from Roy Allan Anderson, M. L. Andreasen, E. E. Andross, Melvin K. Eckenroth, Frederick Griggs, Edward Heppenstall, John H. Kellogg, J. LaMar McElhany, William Miller, Ron Numbers, Blythe Owen, William W. Prescott, George McCready Price, Leona G. Running, Arthur W. Spalding, William A. Spicer, Edwin R. Thiele, Emmitt K. Vande Vere, Howard B. Weeks, and diaries of John Loughborough, John Byington and the Amadon family. Institutional collections include archives from the Faith for Today, General Conference Archives (presidential letterbooks), It Is Written, the Voice of Prophecy, the Association of Seventh-day Adventist Librarians, and Adventist Historic Ministries. For more details, visit the Center’s website.
Artifacts and Memorabilia
The Center has a large number of artifacts which originate from every continent and include furniture, musical instruments, implements, primitive weapons, coins, clothing, hand made items, and items of spiritual significance. Some of these items may be viewed as displays in the exhibit space. These include the original trunk which belonged to John N. Andrews, first official Adventist overseas missionary, and stunning early twentieth century three dimensional symbolic beasts described in the Bible books of Daniel and Revelation.
Sound Recordings, Videos and Motion Pictures/Audio and Visual Recordings
The Center holds over 25,000 audio-visual recordings (cassette and reel tapes, video tapes, CD and DVDs, phonograph records, motion pictures, and film strips) on a wide range of topics of special events, conferences, seminars, sermons, special programs, and other church produced or church-related recordings. This includes meetings and programs like General Conference sessions, youth congresses, mission training conferences, marriage and family conferences, ministerial seminars, and ministerial continuing education courses. Also included are recordings of individuals dating back to the first half of the twentieth century. Most of these may be accessed via the James White Library catalog.
Photographic Materials and Images
The Center holds about 36,000 graphic items, such as photographic prints of people, places, and events associated with the Seventh-day Adventist church and Andrews University. Many of these may be accessed via our Photograph Collection database on our website.
Rare Materials and other Special Collections
The Center serves as the rare materials repository for the Andrews University James White Library. It houses a wide range of rare materials which include an extensive collection of Bibles and rare books all of which require greater care than is possible in the general collection of the Library. Included are the Suhrie Bible collection, including a William Tyndale New Testament (1553), several original Torah scrolls, reproductions of the Gutenberg Bible and the Codex Vaticanius, and a copy of Bishop James Ussher’s Chronology, to name but a few of the titles. Two other sets of rare materials are the Martin Luther/Reformation tract collection and the partial library of the denomination’s first official missionary, John N. Andrews.
WHITE ESTATE RESOURCES
As a Branch Office of the White Estate, the Center contains extensive resources for Ellen G. White studies. These include the following.
Ellen G. White Unpublished Letters and Manuscripts
Researchers have access to all of the unpublished letters and manuscripts of Ellen G. White similar to what is in the file in the main office at Silver Spring, Maryland. The collections consists of a large number of original copies (many with Ellen White’s handwritten interlineations and signature) as well as photocopies of over 50,000 typewritten pages covering the period from 1845 to 1915. A card index, organized by subject, directs researchers to pertinent material. An online database allows access via a complete numerical listing of all known letters and manuscripts, names of those addressed, file numbers, dates, places of writings, and where the documents, or portions of them, have appeared in print. Work is in process to make the letters and manuscripts available in electronic form.
Ellen G. White Office Correspondence
The Center has on microfilm a complete set of the letters received by Ellen White and her office over a span of many years. It is arranged by date and then by writer. An electronic index is available.
White Estate Document File
This collection consists of more than 2,500 topically arranged folders on Ellen G. White, her life and work, and Adventist history. Researchers will find articles, correspondence, manuscripts, ephemera, term papers, and various other documents. These materials can be located via the James White Library catalog.
White Family Correspondence
Microfilm is available containing correspondence of James White, Ellen’s husband, and J. Edson White, her oldest son. Of special significance is the voluminous correspondence of William C. White, her son, who handled many of her personal and office matters as well as being a very active high church official through much of his life. He was the executor of his mother’s estate and the first director of the White Estate following his mother’s death in 1915 until 1937. W. C. White’s letters can be accessed with the aid of an online finding aid.
Ellen G. White Related Research Aids
Various other research aids include indexes, files, and electronic text relating to Ellen White. Examples include the Ellen G. White Biographical Index which has over 2,000 references to events in her life from published and unpublished sources; the Question and Answer File with answers to many questions asked over the years; and the Complete Published Ellen G. White Writings in electronic form.