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Category Archives: Guests

Author Talk at NYPL: T. Felder Dorn and the Battle of the Bishops

emmaus_roadThe Christoph Keller, Jr. Library is thrilled to publicize the news that T. Felder Dorn will speak about his newest book, Challenges on the Emmaus Road: Episcopal Bishops Confront Slavery, Civil War, and Emancipation, at the New York Public Library on Wednesday, January 14, 2014 (South Court Auditorium, 1:15 pm).

In his message telling us about this upcoming talk, Dr. Dorn writes that “a lot of the early research … for Challenges on the Emmaus Road was done at GTS.” Dr. Dorn’s research began in our former St. Mark’s Library, and he remarks that “When I used the GTS Library beginning in 1999 and continuing for many years, there was an old card catalog that I used regularly. Many of the items therein were not in the computer data base. The stacks, where the card catalog items were housed on the 3rd and 4th floors, were open, and I would bring items downstairs.” We are glad to report that more of this material is now listed in our online catalog, and it’s all housed in our state-of-the-art Special Collections in our gorgeous almost-new building.

Dr. Dorn last visited us to complete his work in 2012, he has generously donated his manuscript for this volume to our Special Collections and Archives, and our students have already begun to use this primary source material in their own work. We are looking forward to Dr. Dorn’s talk in January, and we hope you can join us.

From the NYPL news release: “T. Felder Dorn, a writer in residence in the Library’s Werrtheim Study, is a graduate of Duke University and holds the Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Washington. His academic career included service on the faculties at The University of the South in Sewanee, TN, and Kean University in Union, NJ. He also held appointments as a school dean and vice president for academic affairs at Kean and served four years on the staff of the College Entrance Examination Board. In addition to Challenges on the Emmaus Road, his books include The Guns of Meeting Street: A Southern Tragedy and Death of a Policeman; Birth of a Baby: A Crime and its Aftermath.” Follow this link to find out more about Dr. Dorn’s talk in January!

Professor Clark and Bishop Coxe at the Keller Library

At the Keller Library, we enjoy hosting visiting researchers (of whom we see many in the summers), and we had a glorious couple of weeks in June hosting the esteemed Elizabeth A. Clark in our Special Collections Reading Room. Dr. Clark is the John Carlisle Kilgo Professor of Religion and Professor of History at DukeContinue Reading

Ancient Near East Today

We are so fortunate here at the General Theological Seminary to have such marvelous professors engaged in research–today I think of our beloved Professor Robert Owens, who’s been on sabbatical this spring, finishing an important book and contributing to the editing of another, both under contract for publication with Brill in Leiden and Gorgias Press.Continue Reading

The Matriculation Book

Your reference librarian had the opportunity to do some research into the Matriculation Book and ceremony last summer. Here’s some of that information, which sets out the history of the oath and the Matriculation ceremony itself. Original oath. In The Story of General Theological Seminary, Powel Mills Dawley notes that “Students were matriculated at aContinue Reading

Worldwide use of Keller Library’s Special Collections materials

Our friend, Dr. Liv Engeborg Lied, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the Norwegian School of Theology in Oslo, has us all excited about her new blog! Dr. Lied is an expert on the ancient Jewish document called 2 Baruch and was excited to see Pap. Oxyrhynchus 403, a fourth-century CE papyrus housed in theContinue Reading

New exhibit to celebrate the Installation of our 13th Dean and President

We’re getting excited about the scheduled installation of our new Dean and President, the Very Rev. Kurt Dunkle, next Thursday evening, October 17. To celebrate this historic occasion (and also to show off some cool stuff from Special Collections), the Keller Library has put together an exhibit highlighting gifts to the collection throughout the years.Continue Reading

Library from Anywhere

Resources for your ministry from the Christoph Keller, Jr. Library Most of you are aware that we have a new library at General Theological Seminary. We have a beautiful facility that opened two years ago. The Christoph Keller, Jr. Library is used locally by many students, faculty and visitors. But the new Keller Library canContinue Reading