The largest part of
the Center's collections are Adventist related but there are other significant
collections of rare materials.
Books, Pamphlets, and Microforms
The Center holds about 33,000 books 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
Seventh-day Adventist Periodicals
Periodical resources include more than 20,000 volumes of English and non-English
SDA titles. With nearly 2,400 different periodicals titles, which include
800 current titles from around the world, it is the finest and most complete
collection of its kind in existence.
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,
record books, and the histories of local churches; conference directories,
year books from many educational institutions; General Conference Bulletins,
the Church Manual, SDA Yearbook, and working policies of the General Conference,
North American Division, and many other world divisions.
Personal Papers Collections
Center holds over 225 named personal papers collections comprising 1087
linear feet (330m). These collections of private papers include
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 R. A Anderson, M. L. Andreasen, E. E. Andross, diaries of John
Byington and the Amadon family, Melvin K. Eckenroth, Frederick Griggs,
Edward Heppenstall, J. H. Kellogg, J. L. McElhany, William Miller, Ron
Numbers, Blythe Owen, W. W. Prescott, George McCready Price, Leona G.
Running, Arthur W. Spalding, W. A. Spicer, Edwin R. Thiele, E. K. Vande
Vere, and Howard B. Weeks. Institutional collections include archives
from Faith for Today, General Conference Archives (presidential letterbooks),
It Is Written, and the Voice of Prophecy.
For more details, visit CAR's site at http://www.andrews.edu/library/car/personal.html.
Sound Recordings, Videos and Motion Pictures/Audio and Visual Recordings
The collection has about 8,200 audio-visual recordings on a wide range of
topics of special events, conferences, seminars, sermons, special programs,
such 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, to name a few. Also included are recordings
of individuals dating back to the first half of the twentieth century.
Photographic Materials and Images
The Center holds about 36,000 graphic items, such as photographic prints of
people and places associated with the Seventh-day Adventist church and Andrews
Artifacts and Memorabilia
CAR 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 room. These include the original trunk which belonged to
J. N. Andrews, first official SDA overseas missionary, and stunning early
twentieth century three dimensional symbolic beasts described in the
books of Daniel and Revelation.
Rare Materials and
other Special Collections
CAR 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, several Torah scrolls, reproductions of the Gutenberg
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.