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Category Archives: Research links

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!

Welcome to the Michaelmas 2014 term

What a glorious first week of classes! You are probably by now starting to turn to your course materials. You may even be thinking of doing your assigned readings and considering your first papers…or possibly you’re sleeping in, lying around on the sofa, drinking coffee, gaming or watching cartoons instead. Either way, at some pointContinue 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

Additional random resources

We’ve updated our Library Information Resources page, and here’s the new stuff for your perusal. Enjoy, but don’t avoid your GOE review looking at cool digital images! The Journal of Episcopal Church Canon Law is a refereed journal, published online twice a year in February and July. The Virginia Theological Seminary hosts the journal onContinue Reading

Keller Library represents at Friday’s Sophia Institute Conference

Congratulations to our own acquisitions librarian VK McCarty, who will be presenting this Friday, December 7 at the annual conference of the Sophia Institute.  VK will speak on “Anna Komnene’s Alexiad: Legacy from the Good Daughter (Kale Thugater);” in it she explores family relationships revealed in this epic narrative written by a 12th C MedievalContinue Reading

Resources for Women’s History

This year, folks at The General Theological Seminary are more involved than ever in work about women’s issues and the church. The  St. Blandina Society (our GTS group dedicated to women’s issues) held its first meeting of students and staff this week, and great things are in store! The first event this term, cosponsored byContinue Reading