Graduate Theological Union: Online Exhibits

Online Exhibits and Collections


The Sacred Dance Collection has been updated to better reflect the range of materials in the archives. Along with Margaret Palmer Taylor, the site now includes images and other materials from the work of Carla DeSola, Doug Adams, Judith Rock, Murshid Samuel L. Lewis, the Sufi Choir and Starhawk. These collections represent the range of lively and significant sacred dances in the modern era.

The first batch of materials from the Center For Women And Religion Collection has been uploaded to one of our content management sites. The upload includes the first five issues of The Journal of Women and Religion, which ran from 1981 to 2002. The Center was the earliest established center for women in theological education.

The range of papers for the Pacific Coast Theological Society  is now 1939 through 1998. For the past 80 years, PCTS has hosted a two-day meeting twice a year in the Bay Area, engaging in a critical exchange over a variety of topics. More recent papers can be found on the PCTS website.

The story of the escape of Alfred Büchler 's family from Vienna to Shanghai in 1941 is available online. Alfred was born to a Jewish family in Vienna. Unable to travel to the West, his family escaped the Nazis by taking the Trans Siberian Railway to China in 1941. The family lived in Shanghai during World War II, where Alfred attended St. Francis Xavier College and Université l'Aurore. He was a member of several Jewish youth organizations. Alfred immigrated to America in 1947 as the Communist Party took control of China. He received a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Harvard University in 1960 and worked in government and private labs for the next 25 years. He moved to Berkeley in the late 1970s and pursued his interest in medieval studies, with a focus on common objects, including the development of drums and trumpets. He died in Berkeley on January 4, 2002.

Viktor Frankl and Randolph Sassnet

Viktor Frankl Library and Memorabilia

Edith Stein, 1925

Edith Stein Collection

Eal Lectures committee letterhead cropped

E.T. Earl Lectures
The Fifties

Earl Lectures-1948
Claude Welch, groundbreaking

Building a Library

Temple of Religion

Temple of Religion and Tower of Peace

Elsie Culver

Elsie Thomas Culver:
A Journey Through
Post-World War II Europe

September 25-October 20, 1945


Imaging Religion: An Exhibition
in Honor of the 50th Anniversary
of the Graduate Theological Union

July 2012-June 2013

King James Bible Exhibit
J. Stilson Judah

Oral Histories
Graduate Theological Union


Maisner flyer

Art Exhibits: Cards and Flyers

Doug Adams
His Life and Work



Robert McAfee Brown:
Glimpses of What Life is
Meant To Be


Oral History of the
Sanctuary Movement



Thomas Starr King

Berkeley Free Church

Special Collections and Archives

Special Collections and Archives at the Graduate Theological Union offer a variety of digital resources on theological education, social justice, art and religious activities in the West. The online exhibits reflect the collections at the GTU and provide primary sources that assist scholars and students in their research.

Special Collections and Archives at the Graduate Theological Union, founded in 1962, was formally established in 1989. The collection records the American religious experience in the West, religious dialogue, the Christian and wider religious intellectual heritage, and the ministries of the GTU's member schools and centers.

Housed are over 400 different collections and 1500 linear feet of archival, manuscript and non-textual materials, as well as more than 10,000 rare books and pamphlets.

Finding aids to the collection are located at Online Archive of California or through GRACE.

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