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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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Ohio Conference Historical Records
(3 boxes)
This collection contains the official record books of the Ohio Conference of SDA's from 1863 to 1904 plus the letterbooks of the president and treasurer. Many other documents round out the collection. Also included are the record books for the Lovetts Grove Church, the first SDA church in Ohio. The books cover the years 1862-1876.

Barry Oliver Collection (4 boxes)
The collection consists entirely of correspondence from the General Conference Archives between Church administrators and other leaders between 1888 and 1905. Included are large amounts of letters to or from Arthur G. Daniells, William C. White, G. A. Irwin, and O. A. Olsen, among others. This is Oliver's research file for his dissertation on W. W. Prescott.

O. A. Olsen Collection (1 box)
Olsen was a long time Seventh-day Adventist Church administrator. He served as General Conference president in the turbulent years following the 1888 GC Session. This collection has some of his correspondence from 1890 to 1897.

John Oss Collection (10 boxes)
Oss was an Adventist missionary in China prior to the Community Revolution. Much of this collection consists of research materials and manuscripts for his unpublished manuscript entitled, The Week and the Sabbath in China.

Blythe Owen Papers (8 boxes)
A composer and pianist, Owen was one of the most recognized SDA musicians. This collection contains primarily her correspondence from 1919 to 1962, much of whic h is with her mother. Also included are many of Owen's original compositions in her own hand.

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