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Library Place

A newsletter from the Princeton Theological Seminary Library

What We're Reading (Fall 2013)

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Discover the reading habits of PTS faculty and staff.

Dr. Katharine Doob Sakenfeld
William Albright Eisenberger Professor Emerita of Old Testament


• Loves to read mid-to-late evening, if only a few pages.

• Uses her Kindle to reread the novels she read in college.

• Gets recommendations from faculty colleagues’ syllabi and the monthly thematic displays of the Mercer County Library System.

• Recently read The White Tiger, by Aravind Adiga; Things Fall Apart, No Longer at Ease, and Arrow of God, by Chinua Achebe; South from the Limpopo: Travels through South Africa, by Dervla Murphy; and The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, by Alexander McCall Smith.

• Appreciates the way depiction of life in these novels helps her to reflect on biblical ceremonies and practices.

Meet Our Staff (Fall 2013)

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Kaitlyn, Nathan and Maggie
Left to right: Kaitlyn, Nathan, and Maggie

Maggie Hasegawa is a digital library application developer who helps to design, develop, and test web applications for the library’s digital resources. She comes to us from Princeton University, where she was collection services supervisor and web developer for the Mendel Music Library. She also volunteered at Princeton Public Library and interned in our Special Collections area. Maggie has a B.A. in religion from Rutgers University and an M.L.S. from Clarion University. In her free time she enjoys reading, listening to music, yoga, and exploring nearby flea markets.

Kaitlyn Dugan is curator of the Seminary’s Barth Collection, maintaining and developing the collection and managing the Center for Barth Studies. She has a B.A. in philosophy and political science from Taylor University, an M.A. in theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary. She hopes to pursue doctoral studies in theology. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, listening to music, and watching “too many shows for her own good.” She has a fish named Luther and hopes to someday take a road trip to Montana.

Nathan Maddox is assistant to the curator of the Barth Collection. He provides resources and research guidance to students, faculty, and visiting scholars; edits book reviews; and launches social networking initiatives for the center. He has an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary and a B.A. in religious studies from Samford University. He hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in theological studies. When he’s not in the stacks, Nathan enjoys hiking, watching emotionally draining movies, and indulging his southern Georgia palate with hot gravy ’n’ biscuits and sweet tea.

Luce Foundation Awards Grant (Fall 2013)

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Luce Foundation Awards $1.5M Grant for Expansion of Theological Commons

Theological Commons

The Seminary recently received a very generous award of $1.5 million from the Henry Luce Foundation. The grant, one of the foundation’s 75th Anniversary Grants, will allow for the expansion of the Theological Commons as a digital, multimedia library of theological resources freely available to the world.

Princeton Seminary has taken a leading role in the creation of digital resources for shared knowledge and learning by creating the Theological Commons in 2012, a free public digital library of more than 78,000 books on theology and religion. The project has been designed from the ground up with students, pastors, and theologians in mind.

The Luce grant will allow the Seminary library to radically expand the content of the Theological Commons in two major ways: by digitizing and incorporating audio and visual materials (photographs, audio, video, and three-dimensional material objects), allowing resources in advanced digital media to become a key part of the study of theology; and through the digitization and incorporation of theological and religious material of use to or housed in theological institutions and communities in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Greg Murray
Digital Initiatives Librarian

Reigner at the Crossroads (Fall 2013)

(Sarita Ravinder) Permanent link

Reigner at the Crossroads of Academia and Praxis

Princeton Seminary’s best-kept secret may be its Reigner Collection. The Charles G. Reigner Education Reading Room, as it was known when it was on the Tennent campus, was named for Baltimore publisher and philanthropist Charles G. Reigner. Under the direction of the late Professor D. Campbell Wyckoff and Professor Emerita Freda Gardner, the Reading Room served the needs of the School of Christian Education and today serves the entire Seminary community.

Late PTS professor Donald Butler organized the library of about 5,000 volumes from the old Tennent College of Christian Education into the beginnings of a specialized Christian Education library when that college was relocated from Philadelphia to the Seminary campus in 1943. This Christian Education library was originally located in Roberts Hall on the Tennent campus. With the first of Charles G. Reigner’s gifts in 1947, the library was officially named The Charles G. Reigner Reading Room, moved to a large space in Tennent Hall, and in 2004 to the former Speer Library. It is presently located on the second floor of the new library.

The mission of Reigner is to acquire a wide range of materials related to the understanding and practice of the educational ministry of the church and to promote their use at the Seminary and in local churches. As such, Reigner is integral to the Education and Formation area of the Practical Theology Department as it prepares men and women for the educational ministries of the church.

Reigner reaches out to the Seminary community as well as to neighboring churches. For both the experienced and the novice church educator, the Reigner Collection is an invaluable resource for support and provides an introduction to the newest materials available.

It is particularly valuable for those doing work in Christian education or youth ministry; it includes current resources for children’s, youth, and adult ministries, and materials for all age groups from birth to senior adults. Bible studies, worship aids, multicultural resources, mission helps, audio and visual aids, pictures, picture books, puppets—you name it, we have it! Vacation Bible curricula of all major denominations and publishers are available for browsing. CDs, CD-ROMs, DVDs, slide sets, posters, and games may be borrowed.

Special curriculum events, teaching and learning seminars, and workshops are planned periodically for the Seminary community and the community at large.

Information about Reigner’s holdings is available through the Seminary library’s online catalog. The Princeton Theological Seminary Library website is:

Christian Education Librarian, Sarita Ravinder, can assist in locating and recommending resources, in person, by email or phone: 609-497-7915.

Recent Gifts to the Archives (Fall 2013)

(Kenneth W. Henke) Permanent link

Discover Recent Gifts to the Archives

It is with great thanksgiving that I would come into the presence of Almighty God for the preservation of my life through the terrific battle of yesterday.

In the morning I followed my regiment into the battlefield. In crossing the road a shell came very near striking me on the head. Not seeing either of the surgeons in the field I went in amidst the fire of the enemies artillery to inquire of the Colonel the locality of the hospital. When talking to the Colonel a shell came right near the head of the Colonel making for us both a narrow escape.

Items from the collection of John Pomeroy, 1861 PTS graduate and Civil War chaplain
Items from the collection of John Pomeroy,
PTS Class of 1861 and Civil War chaplain

As I did not intend leaving the regiment without orders or without my Colonel’s knowing my whereabouts, I reported myself for duty in the battlefield. Colonel told me my place was in the hospital…I started for the hospital. The skirmishers were in front of our regiment which was about 100 yards in advance of the 1st line of battle in which the 3rd [regiment] was. In passing the second line of battle I made another escape from a shell. Proceeding a few steps further my attention was attracted by the cry, ‘Where is the doctor.’ I think he was hurt by the shell that came near hitting me. He was not wounded seriously. His little finger was severely cut & the gravel was driven into his face, so deep that he bled profusely. I helped him across the fields to the hospital. The tramp was not unaccompanied with dangers. The shells were ploughing up the ground about us. I got my patient safely to our division hospital, but there being others who were in worse condition than my man, I washed his wounds & tied them up till he could be attended to.

Here under this hill I spent a day which is so full of misery & suffering & personal danger that I would not if I could portray the bloody scene. The wounded men poured in upon us all day. I with other Chaplains of our division made myself useful as I could. I think I was the only Chaplain who attempted to perform a surgeon’s duty by washing and tying up those who were waiting for the most severe cases to be attended first…Thus I worked all day, not forgetting to improve the sad occasion, by referring to the bleeding men the physician of souls…

Battle Field near Fredericksburg
Sabbath 1 P.M. Dec. 14th 1862

The above excerpt is from one of the letters back home of John Jay Pomeroy (PTS Class of 1861), who volunteered to serve as a chaplain with a Pennsylvania regiment of the Union Army during the American Civil War. One of the most recent gifts to Special Collections was a box of his Civil War letters, together with the folding travel desk on which they were written and other memorabilia, including an autograph book with photos of his classmates from the Class of 1861. These items were the gift of his descendant, George R. Pomeroy (PTS Class of 1963), whose class is celebrating their fiftieth reunion this fall. Several other gifts have come our way recently as well.

Jane Minton, granddaughter of William Harris Templeton (PTS Class of 1850), has donated eighteenth century manuscript sermons of her ancestor James Grier (1750-1791), who underwent a religious conversion under the preaching of George Whitefield, studied theology with John Witherspoon at Princeton, and served as pastor of the Deep Run Presbyterian Church near Doylestown, PA, and of his younger brother, Nathaniel Grier (1760-1814), pastor of the Church in the Forks of the Brandywine in Chester County, PA, who in the days before the existence of Princeton Seminary trained many young men for the ministry. There is also a very interesting set of mid-nineteenth century sermons written in a form of phonetic shorthand and dating to the time William Harris Templeton was serving as a missionary among the Native Americans of the Muscogee Creek Nation in Oklahoma.

Marie Melrose, daughter of Paul Cunningham Melrose (PTS Class of 1915), has donated a set of materials about the Presbyterian mission on Hainan Island in the South China Sea. Before going as a missionary to Hainan, the father of Paul Melrose had been a seminary classmate of J. Ross Stevenson, who would later become a president of PTS; and Paul Melrose, who was born and grew up on Hainan, became a seminary classmate of later PTS president John A. Mackay. The collection includes a transcript of the memoirs of Margaret Rae Melrose, the mother of Paul Melrose, who served at the Hainan Mission from 1890 until 1940, as well as a collection of photographs from the history of the mission dating from 1890 through the 1950s.

Dayle Gillespie Rounds, associate dean for continuing education at PTS, has given us ten boxes of materials from the files of her father, former PTS president, Thomas W. Gillespie. Dr. Gillespie was the fifth president of Princeton Theological Seminary, serving from 1983 until 2004. Under his administration the Seminary saw the beginning of several major academic programs, including the Program for Asian American Theology and Ministry, the Institute for Youth Ministry, the Center for Barth Studies, the Abraham Kuyper Center for Public Theology, and the Joe R. Engle Institute of Preaching. He also placed an emphasis on increasing diversity within the Seminary community, including an increase in the number of women and of African American and Latino/a students and scholars, and the invitation for the Hispanic Theological Initiative to locate on the Princeton Seminary campus. Several new chairs were endowed, including chairs in theology and science, homiletics, and theology and the arts; and the John A. Mackay Chair in World Christianity was initiated.

The new materials added to the Thomas W. Gillespie Collection include a collection of his addresses and articles; a large collection of his sermons, including those given in the parish as well as those preached in Miller Chapel; farewell addresses to the graduating classes; well-organized notebooks of sermon illustrations; datebooks and planning calendars that document his many activities and involvements; course notes for courses he took while a student at Princeton Seminary, as well as for graduate courses he took elsewhere, including those at Claremont Graduate School, where he earned his doctorate in New Testament; course notes for the courses in New Testament that he taught at Princeton Seminary; and selected correspondence relating to his appointment at PTS and to his retirement.

We have also received the papers of Abigail Rian Evans, PTS professor of practical theology emerita. Much of her work over the years has focused in the field of bioethics and health ministries, and the papers are rich in materials covering topics such as the church and mental illness, addiction, holistic health, organ transplants, reproductive choice, euthanasia, AIDS, death and dying, working with persons with disabilities, parish nursing, and older adult ministry. There are also records of the National Capital Presbytery Health Ministries (which she founded), sermons and liturgies (including liturgies for services of healing), course outlines and bibliographies, and a collection of materials on women in pastoral ministry.

Finally, we have also received from John H. Sinclair (PTS Class of 1947), a long-time Presbyterian missionary to Latin America and former Secretary for Latin America of the Commission on Ecumenical Mission and Relations, a large box of material gathered in preparation for the writing of his Spanish-language biography of former PTS president John A. Mackay.

Kenneth W. Henke
Curator of Special Collections

Welcome to Library Place (Fall 2013)

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Library Place, the newsletter of the Princeton Theological Seminary Library, debuts with this issue. Its purpose is to provide a point of contact between the library and those who turn to it for service and support.

Aerial view of Princeton Theological Seminary Library
Princeton Theological Seminary Library

Library Place will feature articles about library collections and services, users, events, exhibits, projects, digital initiatives, and outreach. We’ll showcase the people and programs that advance the mission and value of the library, whether staff or users. We’ll explore trends and technologies relevant to education, ministry, and scholarship. Our goal is to connect the library with your experience as one of its users. And we’d love to hear your comments!

Princeton Seminary marked its bicentennial year and entry into its third century with this new library. Through refreshed physical as well as virtual presence, we aim to renew Andrew Carnegie’s image of a library as “a never failing spring” nourishing life and thought. As one of the nation’s premier theological centers, we want to continue to play a constructive role in education and scholarship, intervening in the causes of ignorance, increasing access to knowledge, investing in collections, building relationships, cultivating the use of innovative technologies, and pursuing collaborative solutions.

Library Place will be available in print as well.

Donald M. Vorp
James Lenox Librarian

Fall 2013

New Library Building (Fall 2013)

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New Library Building Welcomes Scholars, Pastors, and the Community

Unending Love Atrium Sculpture
"Unending Love" by Hyong Nam Ahn*

On May 13, 2013, the much anticipated new library at Princeton Theological Seminary opened its doors, and students, faculty, and visitors are enjoying the openness of study and social spaces in the new building.

The largest open public space, the South Gallery on the second floor has desks and soft seating options, and three small group meeting rooms. It affords a spectacular view across Mercer Street to the Seminary’s main campus, as well as window seating, perfect for reading and reflection.

The Korean Mission Room, dedicated to the longstanding relationship between the Seminary and Christians in Korea, is also available for study and reading. It features a portion of the Moffett Collection on Christianity in Korea. Samuel A. Moffett was one of the pioneer Christian missionaries to Korea. His son and daughter-in-law, Samuel H. and Eileen Moffett, spent most of their lives ministering in Korea before Sam came to PTS to teach missions and ecumenics.

The Reference Reading Room on the lower level, below an overlooking balcony, expansive windows, and refurbished light fixtures from Speer Library, is a popular study space. The light-filled Iain R. Torrance Atrium will be used for a variety of events, including lectures, receptions, concerts, and art exhibitions. On the first floor, the café is already a popular informal gathering spot for the PTS community, with windows looking out on Mercer Street, vending machines (including a self-service coffee machine), and café-style seating (including benches crafted from the trees lost during construction). The concourse on this floor offers ample soft and table seating, and new display cases for library exhibits.

The new building provides collaborative spaces to gather and share ideas and research, including small group meeting rooms and two multipurpose rooms. The Theron Assembly Room, named for Daniel J. Theron, a former Seminary professor and generous library donor, can be reserved for meetings, continuing education events, and public lectures.

Technology supporting research, teaching, and learning is evident throughout the building. Wall-mounted digital signage features library and campus events and interactive library maps. iPads provide access to the library’s catalog, and the Princeton Theological Seminary mobile app (iOS and Android) allows quick browsing of library resources on the go. Four seminar rooms, one on each floor at the west end of the atrium, feature document scanners, Smart Boards, audio and video (A/V) recording systems, and other tools. The Media Lab, equipped with a variety of PC and Mac workstations, regular and color printing, scanning, specialized software, and A/V equipment available for checkout to PTS students and faculty, is temporarily located on the second floor.

Other offices temporarily located in the new building include Special Collections (home to the Seminary’s archives and rare book holdings) and Digital Initiatives (the team behind the Theological Commons and the library’s other rich digital collections).

In an eco-friendly tribute to the past, some materials have been repurposed from Speer for use in the new library. In addition to the benches in the café and “disk style” lighting fixtures now in the Reference Reading Room, a number of tables throughout the new building have marble insets, recycled wall tiles from Speer Library.

*"Unending Love," a sculpture in stainless steel, aluminum, neon, and oils, was created for the Princeton Theological Seminary Library by New York-based Korean artist Hyong Nam Ahn, through the generosity of Seminary Trustee Jinsoo Kim and Mrs. Kim.

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