Two Ladies Retire
Pauline Maxwell and Lucile Haagenrud, long time employees of the Ellen
G. White Estate, retired on Wednesday, July 7, 2004. Together these
women gave over 50 years of service to the White Estate. Mrs. Maxwell
began service here in 1972 and Mrs. Haagenrud in 1984. At the time of
her retirement Mrs. Maxwell was the longest serving employee of the
Ellen G. White Estate. She was originally hired by Arthur L. White,
grandson of Ellen White and at the time Secretary of the White Estate.
Both ladies served under the leadership of Hedy Jemison and William
Fagal at the Andrews University Branch Office.
Maxwell, wife of late Church historian, and Seminary professor Mervyn
Maxwell, has served as the administrative secretary to the director
of the Branch office for most if not all of these years. Haagenrud,
wife of a minister and missionary to the Middle East and South America,
has served as research assistant.
Mrs. Maxwell and Mrs. Haagenrud have exhibited a high level of commitment
to service. Their knowledge of Ellen White and her writings has blessed
many researchers and students. Both have enjoyed giving tours to visitors
and explaining the work of Ellen White.
On Tuesday, July
13, we gathered to celebrate the service of these women. James R. Nix,
Director of the Ellen White Estate and William A. Fagal past director
of the Branch Office, were in attendance. Following the program and
reception a potluck farewell luncheon was hosted by the staff of the
James White Library.
Dinner Launches Endowment
for the Center for Adventist Research
the evening of April 18, 2004, about 25 friends of the Center for Adventist
Research assembled in the exhibit room of the Center. They were invited
for a catered dinner and to provide feedback to Center administration
concerning the future direction of the Center with regard to fundraising.
The Center has begun raising an operating endowment to supplement the
support received from Andrews University and the Ellen G. White Estate.
Many good ideas came from the friends.
Ellen White Unpublished Letters & Manuscripts
During the first months of 2004 the Ellen G. White
Estate provided a second copy set of the unpublished Ellen G. White
letters and manuscripts. This makes it possible to preserve the mostly
original set of letters and manuscripts and increases efficiency. The
second set of letters and manuscripts enables the Center to serve more
students at one time. This is particularly helpful during the winter
when the Writings of Ellen White class is taught in the Seminary.
At the Center,
Researchers have access to over
30,000 typewritten pages covering the period from 1845 to 1915. Work
is in process to make the letters and manuscripts available in electronic
The Center for Adventist Research Descriptive Brochure
During June 2004 a new sixteen page color descriptive brochure
was published on the Center. We will provide the brochure in a few days online.
Moving Special Materials into the Vault
From May 3-7, 2004 the Center for Adventist Research was closed
to rearrange various materials. We are in the process of moving many of our
rarer materials to the vault and integrating White Estate materials.
Exciting Discovery of Ellen G. White Letters
In the process of cataloguing the Smith/Bovee Collection (#146), doctoral
student Michael Campbell discovered five previously unknown Ellen G. White
letters. The collection consists of documents relating to Uriah and Harriet
Smith, donated by the late Mark L. Bovee in 1990. The letters give insights
into the life and perspectives of Ellen White. In addition to the Ellen G.
White letters there were a number of other significant items found including
an 1853 letter from James White to Uriah Smith inviting him to join the publishing
office and a series of letters by Uriah Smith on his travels through Europe
and the Middle East in 1894-1895. This collection is a rich resource for those
wishing to discover more about Uriah and Harriet Smith and nineteenth century
Seventh-day Adventism. Preliminary transcriptions of the Ellen G. White letters
and the James White letter can be read at the following link.
Staff Change in the Center
the retirement of Pauline Maxwell and Lucile Haagenrud a new member joint
our staff. Marcus Frey is the new Administrative Assistant in the Center.
Marcus worked as a receptionist for several months. He has taken the lead
in our web presence by designing and implementing the new CAR web site.
He cares for all correspondence, web activities, materials and research
requests from off campus, as well as a number of special projects. Marcus
is also most likely the person who will answer the phone when you call