Columbia Union College Theofield G. Weis Library
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- Reference Policy:
- Telephone and mail questions specific to the Seventh-day Adventist
Church are answered.
- Borrowing Privileges:
- Borrowing privileges are for students, faculty, and staff only.
- OCLC; materials added to the collection since 1978 are listed
- Background Note:
- Established in 1904 by the Seventh-day Adventist Church as a
coeducational institution known as the Washington Training Institute.
Its purpose was to train young men and women in the liberal arts.
In 1907, when the name was changed to Washington Foreign Mission
Seminary, the more limited objective of special training for
missionaries replaced the original concept of a liberal arts
college. Again in 1914, the college resumed the status of a
liberal arts college and took the name Washington Missionary
In 1933, the lower biennium organized as Columbia Junior College
and received accreditation. It ceased to exist as a separate
college in 1942, when Washington Missionary College was given
accreditation as a four-year, degree-granting institution by
the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.
In March 1961, the college constituency voted to change the
name to Columbia Union College.
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- Books and monographs:
- 14,500 volumes, with inclusive dates of publication from the
1600s to the present. The subject emphasis is primarily Seventh-day
A card catalog covers the collection from 1904 to the present.
- Periodicals and newspapers:
- Approximately 139 subscriptions and a number of back runs. Inclusive
dates are 1850 to the present. A large number of Seventh-day Adventist
journals are represented, many of which represent localities from
around the world. Biblical studies and archaeology are also represented.
Finding aids include: Seventh-day Adventist Periodical
Index, 1971-present; Seventh-day Adventist Retrospective
Periodical Index, which partially indexes Seventh-day
Adventist periodicals from about 1905 to 1960.
- Archives, manuscripts, correspondence, and oral histories:
- See microform section of this entry.
- The Millerites and Early Adventists, a collection
of rare books and manuscripts on 60 reels of microfilm. It includes
1,000 early books and pamphlets, 111 volumes plus some scattered
issues of rare periodicals, and more than 1,000 letters from William
Miller, Joshua Himes and other early Adventist leaders. Almost
all of the primary materials are nineteenth century publications.
- Vertical files:
- 12 vertical file drawers containing items from 1900 to the present
on the topics relating to the Seventh-day Adventist Church and
Columbia Union College.
The collection is arranged alphabetically by topic.
- Databases, CD-ROMS, and other machine-readable resources:
- Two CD-Rom collections: The Published Writings of Ellen
G. White includes every known book, article, and pamphlet
written by Ellen White during her 70-year ministry, as well as
the many thousands of pages that have been put into print from
her manuscripts unpublished at the time of her death in 1915.
Also included is the six-volume Ellen G. White biography, Ellen
White in Europe, 1885-1887. The other CD-ROM is Words
of the Pioneers, a collection of early Seventh-day Adventist
writings including J.N. Andrews, Joseph Bates, Daniel T. Bourdeau,
Merritt E. Cornell, O.R.L. Crosier, Charles Fitch, J.N. Loughborough,
William Miller, Sylvester Bliss, Thomas M. Preble, Uriah Smith,
George Storrs, Joseph Harvey Waggoner, James S. White, Alonzo
T. Jones, and E.J. Waggoner.
Atonement; Creation; Cults; Evangelism; Himes, Joshua, 1805-1895;
Justification; Millennialism; Millennium; Miller, William, 1782-1849;
Millerite movement; Prophecy; Religious liberty; Revelation; Sanctification;
Sanctuary Doctrine (Seventh-day Adventists); Seventh-day Adventists;
Seventh-day Adventists--History; White, Ellen Gould Harmon, 1827-1915;
White, James Springer, 1821-1881
Seventh-day Adventist Periodical Index. Loma Linda,
CA: Loma Linda University Libraries. 1971- .
Seventh-day Adventist Retrospective Periodical Index
(microform): Periodicals Indexes. Takoma Park, MD: Columbia Union