Located on the campus of Union Theological Seminary, the Burke Library is the largest theological library in the western hemisphere, containing rich collections for theological study and research. With holdings of over 700,000 items, the Library is recognized as one of the premier libraries in its field and includes extensive holdings of unique and special materials.
This collection contains the records of local and national committees and conferences established in China in 1913 to continue the ecumenical work started by the World Missionary Conference held in Edinburgh in 1910
The papers of Auburn Theological Seminary consist of records of the institution, including historical documents dating from its founding, institutional publications such as catalogues, and detailed alumni records as well as personal papers, scrapbooks, some photographs and sermons from faculty and alumni. The move from Auburn to New York City is well documented. The majority of the collection consists of manuscript notebooks, correspondence, sermons and personal papers with miscellaneous deeds, photographs and other documents.
David Dudley Field was a Congregational minister and local historian. The collection includes four notebooks containing historical and ecclesiastical notes, minutes, journal entries, biographical and genealogical documents, and Church meeting summaries.
Source materials covering Christian work among students in non-Christian schools; religious affiliation of students; 104 interviews on religious education; questionnaire study of Buddhist and Christian Sunday schools; conferences and miscellaneous data of the Christian Literature Society; newspaper evangelism data; and reports on the religious situation in Japan and the Japanese Christian Student Movement.
This collection contains sermons, correspondence, newspaper clippings, ephemera, and diaries of Paul Ehrman Scherer (1892-1969), Lutheran, UTS professor of homiletics, author, and an American preacher.
Correspondence; sermons; Presbyterian Church materials including letters relating to possible union of the Presbyterian Church and the Protestant Episcopal Church in the U.S.A., 1937-1954; letters and materials relating to Robert College, Istanbul, Turkey; manuscript for A HALF-CENTURY OF UNION THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY, ca. 1954; and manuscripts and galley proofs by biographer M.P. Noyes, ca. 1964.
Robert T. Handy (1918-2009) was a Union Theological Seminary Professor of Church History and Academic Dean and Adjunct Columbia University Religion Department faculty member, and published a history of UTS in 1987. The collection contains a typescript of Handy's History of Union Theological Seminary, as well as correspondence and administrative materials of organizations that Handy was involved in: the Fellowship of Socialist Christians (FSC) and Christian Action (CA).
Mark Gillette Lundeen (1941-2018) was a 1968 BD graduate of UTS who participated in anti-war activism regarding the Vietnam War, as well as civil rights and social justice initiatives including Freedom Summer. The collection contains UTS coursework; material related to anti-war organizing and resistance efforts; reports written by Lundeen documenting voter registration campaigns in Hattiesburg, Mississippi during Freedom Summer, as well as reports documenting social justice work Lundeen took part in under the auspices of the Delta Ministry largely in Natchez and Edwards, Mississippi; notes and supplemental materials from organizations including SNCC, the Delta Ministry, and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party; and photographs and other materials that Lundeen compiled documenting neighborhoods and people in Natchez, Mississippi, towards producing a Natchez poverty report.