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Manuscript Collections

The Center holds over 260 collections of personal papers of individuals prominent in the SDA Church and its work. These collections often include correspondence, topical files, lecture and sermon notes, research material, publications, photographs, reports, and many other types of material. All of the collections available for research use are shown below. All have a printed register, which is an information and user guide to the collections. These online registers require Adobe Acrobat software to view.

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William F. Albright Collection
(4.4 linear feet)
William F. Albright is known as the "dean" of biblical archaeology during much of the 20th century. This collection is Leona Running's working papers for her book, William Foxwell Albright: A 20th Century Genius. Included are photocopies of Albright correspondence, tapes and transcripts of interviews, some writings, and photographs.

Grace Amadon Collection (23 boxes)
Amadon was interested in calendars and things related. She collected and wrote widely on the topic of the Biblical calendar and the dating of certain events including the October 22, 1844 Great Disappointment, ancient Jewish calendars (including the Kararite), calendar reform, and Turkey and the trumpets of Revelation. She was a member of the 1939 General Conference committee looking at the various calendars used by the Millerites to determine the date of Christís assumed coming in 1843/1844.

John Peter Anderson Collection (2 boxes)
Anderson was a missionary to China for many years. The collection reflects his work.

Roy Allan Anderson Collection (58 boxes)
Anderson was a leading evangelist, teacher, and administrator. Topics include preaching, worship, music in worship, Daniel and Revelation, the book Seventh-day Adventists Answer Questions on Doctrine, and various church controversies such that involving theologian Desmond Ford.

M. L. Andreasen Papers (3 boxes)
Andreasen was a leading Church theologian in the mid part of the 20th centu ry. He became embroiled in some theological discussions in the 1950s. The collection includes biographical materials, some correspondence and writings by Andreasen.

Henry E. Andren (1.67 linear feet or 4 boxes).
Andren was a physician who served most of his career in Seventh-day Adventist health-care institutions. The collection consists of memoirs and other writings by Andren including his memories of Wells A. Ruble, and Daniel and Lauretta Kress.

Andrews - Spicer Collection (
12 boxes)
John Nevins Andrews was one of the leading pioneers of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He was a theologian, administrator, writer, and the first official missionary outside of North America. Andrews’ grandson, John N. married W. A. Spicer’s daughter. The grandson and his family were pioneering missionaries to the Tibet region of China in the 19teens and 1920s. This collection includes around 30 original letters from John Nevins Andrews as well as some letters from other church pioneers such as Ellen White and James White. There are various family documents. The largest part of the collection is over 200 letters written by Dorothy Spicer-Andrews to her mother from China. Also included are some materials from the Spicer family.

E. E. Andross Collection (1 box)
Andross was an evangelist, minister, educator, and administrator. This collection includes a collection of his writings and some topical files, including one on the revision of Uriah Smith''s Daniel and the Revelation.

Matilda Erickson Andross Papers (1 box)
Matilda E. Andross was very involved in youth work. Some of that interest is exhibited in this collection. Also included are some of her earlier writings and some more general topics.

Association of Seventh-day Adventist Librarians Archives (24 boxes)
Association of Seventh-day Adventist Archives. These are the official records of this organization from the beginning to the present.

Australia Historical Materials (1 box)
A collection of materials documenting the origins and early development of the Adventist church in Australia with special emphasis on Avondale College.

George Royal Avery Collection (8 boxes)
Includes family diaries covering 60 years and other family items.

Byington-Amadon Diaries (1 box)
This collection includes 42 diaries from four members of this family, including John Byington, first president of the General Conference (no diaries for the years of his presidency), and George W. Amadon.


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