Document Files Online
The Ellen G. White Estate Branch Office is a component of the Andrews
University Center for Adventist Research. One of their more significant
collections is the Document File developed through nearly 50 years by
the staff of the White Estate office. This file, consisting of 22 five-drawer
file cabinets, contains a wide variety of materials about Ellen White
as well as many topics related to Seventh-day Adventist Church history,
doctrines, and culture. It is an often overlooked resource.
the beginning this resource was accessible only via a card index. In September
2004, the folder titles for the Document File became accessible via the
James White Library's online catalog [http://188.8.131.52/search~/].
This should increase the use of the Document File as patrons come across
citations to it during their search using the online catalog. One can
access the entire list online by doing a title search on "Ellen G.
White Estate Branch Office Document File." This will lead you to
the 3,289 folder titles.
is much more to be done in making the contents of the Document Files available
via the online catalog. Future plans call for some level of cataloging
of individual documents many of which exist no where else in the world.
Third Annual Seminary Heritage Sabbath
Sabbath, September 11, 2004, about 190 Seminary students and their families
gathered in Battle Creek for the third annual Seminary Heritage Sabbath.
The worship service was held in the reconstructed 1857 Meetinghouse with
George R. Knight, Professor of Church History, presenting the sermon entitled,
Beastly Evangelism. Besides the morning worship service there
was a fellowship potluck, tours through Historic Adventist Village and
Oak Hill Cemetery with James R. Nix and Merlin D. Burt, and a workshop
by Jerry Moon. The workshop title was Reliving
the Adventist Stories in the Local Congregation. One of the
highlights of the day was the evening candlelight communion with Seminary
Dean, John K. McVay.
Seminary New England Adventist Heritage
Church History Department of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary
and the Center for Adventist Research are planning an eight day New England
Adventist History tour in August 2005. The tour is designed to be both
an academic and spiritual experience.
Merlin Burt, and Jerry Moon, will serve as
tour guides plus provide talks about many aspects of the places visited
and the pioneers.
tour will be an enriching academic exercise and a deeply spiritual experience
that will benefit you and your ministry. For more information contact
the Church History Department or the Center for Adventist Research.