A word about archives at the St. Mark’s Library

The St. Mark’s Library has an intern! We welcome Julia Lloyd as an archival intern to the St. Mark’s Library during the Easter term, and along with Julia comes the Dora P. Chaplin collection. Julia is a graduate student in the Master of Library and Information Science program at Rutgers, and she’ll be processing the Dora P. Chaplin Papers and creating a finding aid for the collection, which will be included among the library’s archival holdings.

You can see from these photographs that inclement weather was not a deterrent! Intrepid library director Drew Kadel bravely faced the elements and guided the safe transport of the Chaplin papers from Yonkers to the Close. Elisabeth and Julia Lloyd are shown here with Father Kadel on the day the papers were transferred to the St. Mark’s Library.

Dr. Chaplin was the first woman to be named full professor at General Theological Seminary; she taught Christian education and pastoral theology here from 1953 until 1971, and her papers are being donated to the St. Mark’s Library by her daughter Elisabeth Lloyd. Processing and describing this collection is a labor of love for Julia, as she is Dr. Chaplin’s granddaughter and has fond memories of visiting her on the Close. We are thrilled to have Julia with us this term and are most grateful to Dr. Chaplin’s daughter Elisabeth Lloyd for affirming the role of women in seminary education here at General. Welcome aboard, Julia!

A brief word about the archives of the General Theological Seminary: Our archives identifies and preserves significant and unique records generated or received by the Seminary community that have enduring value and are past the period of active use.  Access to materials is regulated to safeguard confidentiality and privacy in accordance with policies established by the Library. The Special Collections and Archives holdings are currently in library storage – but we’ll be getting them back this fall, and they will be available for research soon!

Here are some highlights from the various special collections:

  • Editions of the Bible in English, Latin, the major European languages, as well as native American, Asian, and African tongues
  • Book of Common Prayer from 1549 to the present day, in every language represented in the Anglican Communion
  • English theology from the early sixteenth to the nineteenth century
  • Archival holdings include the ordination and consecration certificates of Samuel Seabury, the first American bishop
  • Holdings include the Coverdale Bible (1535), the first complete Bible printed in English, and a first edition of the Authorized King James Version (1611)

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