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Special Collections closed Nov. 25

Nov 18, 2019

Beginning November 25, 2019 and until further notice, Special Collections and Archives is closed to Princeton Theological Seminary faculty, students and staff and outside researchers, scholars and the public. All inquiries should be directed to the James Lenox Librarian.

Native American Heritage Month

Nov 8, 2019

Browse and borrow books from the circulating collection in the open display on the Concourse for the month of November, and visit the link below for more information.

graphic for Native American Heritage Month

Ken Henke, Curator of Special Collections and Archivist, retires

Oct 25, 2019

This year, fall has brought with it the retirement of Kenneth Woodrow Henke from his post as Curator of Special Collections and Archivist at Princeton Theological Seminary.

After completing college studies (and a year of volunteer service in India), Ken came to Princeton as a Seminary student, partially earning his way by running the Reigner Reading Room, then in the Christian Education Resource Center in Roberts Hall. He worked at the Quaker archives in Haverford, PA for a time after seminary and taught for a number of years at a Quaker school near Philadelphia. There, he was head of the Religion Department and coordinator of the Community Service program.

Princeton still held a strong pull, though, and Ken returned to take a job at the Princeton University store with encouragement from Dr. James Irvine, Associate and Reference Librarian at the time, that a position might open at the Seminary library "soon." Finally, something did open up, and Ken has been working at the library for the past 24 years - in Circulation and later Special Collections.

In 2004, Ken was serving as a Special Collections Assistant. Two years later, his title became Reference Archivist, and with the departure of Clifford Anderson in 2012, Ken became Curator of Special Collections and Archivist for the Seminary.

Over the years, he spent countless hours providing reference and other research assistance for students, faculty, scholars and other visitors from around the world; preparing and collaborating on exhibits of diaries, manuscripts, notebooks, hymnals, photographs, scrolls and tablets for classes and visitors; and giving many library and campus tours rich with Seminary history.

Wherever God takes him next, Ken's deepest desire is that in retirement he might serve in a place of need. We, who have known him and his work any of these many years, are certain he will indeed.

Thank you, Ken, and may God continue to bless you in that service.

The brief bibliography below gives just a taste of the thorough and thoughtful spirit Ken brings to everything he does.

Craig Barnes, President and Professor of Pastoral Ministry
Keri Day, Associate Professor of Constructive Theology and African American Religion
Kenneth Henke
, Curator of Special Collections and Archivist
James Kay, Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Joe R. Engle Professor of Homiletics and Liturgics
Gordon Mikoski, Associate Professor of Christian Education
James Moorhead, Mary McIntosh Bridge Professor of American Church History Emeritus
Kermit Moss, Interim Director of the Center for Black Church Studies
Yolanda Pierce, Elmer G. Homrighausen Associate Professor of African American Religion and Literature
Anne Stewart, Associate Vice President for Communication and Deputy to the President

*Metzger, John Mackay. 2010. The Hand and the Road: The Life and Times of John A. Mackay. Louisville, Ky: Westminster John Knox Press.

Metzger's book
can be found here: BR1725.M24 M48 2010

Book reviews (not by Ken)

  1. Gros, Jeffrey. 2010. “The Hand and the Road: The Life and Times of John A. Mackay.” Journal of Ecumenical Studies 45 (2): 332. https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=lsdah&AN=ATLA0001790675&site=ehost-live.
  2. Sinclair, John H. 2010. “The Hand and the Road: The Life and Times of John A. Mackay.” Theology Today 67 (2): 244. https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=lsdah&AN=ATLA0001842600&site=ehost-live.
Kenneth W. Henke, Curator of Special Collections and Archivist at Princeton Theological Seminary, shows visiting researchers some items from Special Collections, 2015

Celebrate Theological Libraries Month

Oct 1, 2019

October is Theological Libraries Month and once again we're joining Atla's celebration with book spine poetry and faculty book raffles!

Create a book spine poem using books from the Princeton Theological Seminary's collection. Be sure to post and upload a photo of your poetry to Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram using #TLM2019 to be entered into Atla's contest. Four winners will receive a $25 digital Amazon gift card from Atla. (Winners will be chosen at random using RandomPicker.com)

Wondering what a book spine poem might look like? Here's an example by Marcus Hong (Ph.D. candidate) from a few years ago.

This year the Weekly Faculty Book Raffle includes: Landscapes of the Song of Songs : poetry and place by Elaine T. James; The Soul of Higher Education : contemplative pedagogy, research and institutional life for the twenty-first century edited by Margaret Benefiel and Bo Karen Lee; St. Augustine, his confessions, and his influence by Paul Rorem; and Union made : working people and the rise of social Christianity in Chicago by Heath W. Carter.

New Faculty Book: The soul of higher education

Sep 16, 2019

Prof. Bo Karen Lee's new edited volume, The soul of higher education: contemplative pedagogy, research and institutional life for the twenty-first century, edited with Margaret Benefiel, is now available in the library.

Call Number: LB2324 .S685 2019
ISBN: 9781641136976
Publication Date: 2019

New Faculty Book: Consensus and conflict

Sep 16, 2019

Consensus and conflict : practical theology for congregations in the work of Richard R. Osmer edited by Prof. Kenda Creasy Dean, Blair D. Bertrand, Amanda Hontz Drury, and Andrew Root, is now available in the library.

Call Number: BV2 .C658 2019
ISBN: 9781532653667
Publication Date: 2019-05-23

Mes de la Herencia Hispania / Hispanic Heritage Month

Sep 15, 2019

Browse and borrow books in the open display on the Concourse September 15-October 15, and visit the link below for more information.

"Where is my class?" and other common questions

Sep 4, 2019

Welcome to the Princeton Theological Seminary Library!

We're glad you're here.

If you're wondering "When is the library open?," "Where is my class?" or "How do I borrow library materials?," check out our list of frequently asked questions.

New Faculty Book: St. Augustine, his confessions, and his influence

Aug 22, 2019

Prof. Paul Rorem's new book, St. Augustine, his confessions, and his influence, is now available in the library.

Call Number: BR65.A9 R667 2019
ISBN: 9781978702370
Publication Date: 2019-08-07

Earth care: Selected reading

Aug 8, 2019

Selected reading on ecology, climate, stewardship and caring for the Earth are now available in our online research guides.

Many titles are currently on display on the main floor of the library.

Come browse & borrow!