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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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Elden M. Chalmers Collection
(2 boxes)
Chalmers was a pastor and teacher. The collection includes sermon notes by Chalmers plus a file of quotations used in sermons.

Muriel E. Chapman Collection (4 boxes)
Chapman was a nurse and nursing educator for many years. She wrote the book, Mission of Love: A Century of Seventh-day Adventist Nursing. This collection is her research materials for the book as well as other historical documents about nursing.

Adriel Chilson and Nels P. Neilson Collection (2 boxes)
This collection documents aspects of the SDA work in Brazil in the 1920s to 1950s through the work of Nels Neilson and other missionaries to that land. Also included are doc uments related to John G. Matteson and Chilson's work on the Gospel Viking.

Otto H. Christensen Collection (11 linear feet)
Otto H. Christensen was a linguist and scholar who served as a missionary to the Mongolia region of China for 10 years in the 1930s. He also served in various roles in the United States including religion professor at Southern Missionary College and Andrews University.

E. E. Cleveland Collection (44 boxes)
Cleveland was a prominent Seventh-day Adventist church leader and successful evangelist. He was the first black Adventist to be sent to a wide number of world locations by the Church. He was also prominent in the area of civil rights in the United States and the church. This collection contains personal and biographical materials, writings by Cleveland including a large number of sermons and many poems, newspaper clippings, awards and certificates, photographs, audio-visual materials, and a large number of framed awards and clippings received by Cleveland in honor of his accomplishments.

May-Ellen Colon Collection (9 boxes)
This collection consists exclusively of Colon’s dissertation research files. Her dissertation was on Sabbath observance around the world. There are surveys from 51 countries in this collection.

Roberto Cols Papers (3 boxes)
The papers of a pastor in Cuba from the 1950s to 1980. Included here are 19 diaries (in Spanish) covering most of those years.

Committee for Women in Ministry (0.4 linear feet).
The purpose of this committee is to provide support, fellowship, and networking among Adventist women in ministry and the church at large. The collection includes correspondence, some minutes, actions and reports, The collection gives a glimpse of the early efforts of a few Adventist women chaplains to raise their voices to draw the Church’s attention to the issue of women in ministry.

L. R. Conradi Collection (1 box)
Conradi was the more influential Seventh-day Adventist Church leader in Europe during the first half of the 20th century, and his influence continues today. He was a gifted writer who published many books. In 1931 he separated from the Church over doctrinal interpretations. This collection has some of his correspondence from 1885 to 1934.

Raymond F. Cottrell Collection (14 boxes)
Cottrell was one of the leading Adventist theologians in the second half of the 20th century. He was associate editor of the SDA Bible Commentary series as well as a book editor for the Review and Herald. He was a founder of Adventist Today magazine. The collection contains around 250 scholarly papers on a wide variety of topics mostly all written by Cottrell.

Hiram A. Craw Collection (2.0 linear feet)
Hiram Craw, a prominent farmer from northwest Ohio who received a couple of letters from Ellen White seeking financial help. The collection is primarily Craw's diaries for a span of years as well as various receipts and bills which provide a glimpse into the daily life of an American farm family around the turn of hte 20th century.

Molleurus Couperus Collection (4 boxes)
Couperus was one of the leaders in the forming of the Association of Adventist Forums in the 1970s and the publication of their magazine, Spectrum. This collection documents the formative years of the Forum as well as the initiation of Spectrum.


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