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Reunion 2022

May 23, 2022

The Special Collections and Archives team have been hard at work installing new exhibits on the first floor for Reunion 2022 and all of us here at Wright Library are looking forward to welcoming Princeton Seminary alumni back to campus this week.

If you're joining us in person this year, we hope you'll take a look at the exhibits and stop by to say hello! Be sure to visit the Alumni Room on the second floor, and follow the links below for more information.

At right:

  1. Archival items in glass display case
  2. Archival items in glass display case, includes photo and brief bio of A. Jane Molden, Class of 1952, the first black woman to graduate from Princeton Seminary
  3. Archival items in glass display case, includes photo of Muriel Van Orden Jennings, who was white and the first woman to graduate from Princeton Seminary, Class of 1932
  4. New Books. A selection of books newly added to the Wright Library collection
  5. View of the Alumni Room in Wright Library
  6. Princeton Theological Seminary Distinguished Alumni/ae plaque which hangs in the Alumni Room
Archival items in glass display case
Archival items including photo and brief bio of A. Jane Molden, Class of 1952, in glass display case
Archival items including photo of Muriel Van Orden Jennings, Class of 1932, in glass display case
A selection of books newly added to the Wright Library collection
View of the Alumni Room in Wright Library
Princeton Theological Seminary Distinguished Alumni/ae plaque which hangs in the Alumni Room
Portrait of James Franklin Armstrong which hangs in the Alumni Room
Portrait of Bruce Manning Metzger which hangs in the Alumni Room

Database Trial: Brill's Medieval Reference Library Online

May 9, 2022

During the month of May, try out Brill's Medieval Reference Library Online which includes these four reference works:

  1. Brill’s Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages
  2. Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles
  3. Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage, and
  4. Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle.

Trial access ends June 1, 2022

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May 4, 2022

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Explore print books and e-books from the Wright Library collection, recorded lectures and conferences and a growing list of links to resources including the Center for Asian American Christianity at Princeton Theological Seminary.

graphic with photos of Wright Library and The Mask Play of Hahoe Byeolsin Exorcism a framed work that was a gift of Youngnam Theological College and Seminary, Rev. So Young Kim, Korea  reads: Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month Books Lectures More

Earth Day 2022

Apr 22, 2022

Explore a selection of Earth Care-focused programs, recorded lectures, events and (of course) books in this curated bibliography.

Includes links to:

  • The Farminary at Princeton Theological Seminary
  • Open access audio recordings, books, articles, journals, manuscripts and archival files in the Theological Commons digital library
  • Details about a bare root seedling giveaway on April 23, 2022 by the New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign (Partners include: NJ Forest Service, Urban and Community Forestry Program, NJ Forest Service Nursery, New Jersey Soil Conservation Districts, Arbor Day Foundation, and others)
  • The EcoTheo Collective Book Club's upcoming April 24, 2022 discussion (The collective's publication, EcoTheo Review (ETR), was founded in 2013 at Princeton Theological Seminary)
  • Ways Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and Presbyterians for Earth Care are responding to growing ecological disasters
  • and more

Holy Week Library Hours

Apr 11, 2022

Wright Library will close at 6pm (no entry after 5:30pm) on Thursday, April 14, 2022 (Maundy Thursday) and remain closed through Sunday, April 17, 2022 (Easter).

Interlibrary loan (ILL) service will be on pause Good Friday through Easter Sunday.

Regular hours and ILL service resume Monday, April 18.

New faculty books

Mar 17, 2022

New books by Princeton Seminary faculty in the library collection include:

  • The humility of the eternal son : reformed kenoticism and the repair of Chalcedon by Bruce L. McCormack
  • Indigeneity in African religions : Oza worldviews, cosmologies and religious cultures (e-book) by Afe Adogame
  • An invitation to Biblical poetry by Elaine T. James
  • Judges 1 : a commentary on Judges 1:1-10:5 by Mark S. Smith and Elizabeth Bloch-Smith
  • The love of learning : seven dialogues on the liberal arts by Margarita A. Mooney, editor and principal author, and
  • World Christianity, urbanization and identity edited by Moses O. Biney, Kenneth N. Ngwa and Raimundo C. Barreto

Lent 2022

Mar 2, 2022

The season of Lent in the Christian calendar begins March 2 (or 7) this year and runs through April 14 (or 15), depending your tradition.

In addition to a selection of books from the Wright Library collection, this year's curated bibliography also includes:

  • Lenten devotionals from Princeton Theological Seminary, 2015-2022 (print + online)
  • Ashes to Rainbows: A Queer Lenten Devotional, from Unbound and More Light Presbyterians: Features an array of voices and perspectives, thought-provoking theologies, and a new way to think about the time in which we call Lent.
  • Devocional de Cuaresma 2022 / Lenten Devotional 2022, from Unbound: Una Jornada Para Surcir - ¡Únase a nosotros esta Cuaresma para un devocional de cuaresma mujerista! Cada domingo de Cuaresma y durante toda la Semana Santa, publicaremos un devocional tanto en nuestro sitio web como en las redes sociales. / A Journey to Arise: A Mujerista Lenten Devotional - Join us this Lent for a mujerista lenten devotional! Each Sunday of Lent and throughout Holy Week, we will publish a devotional both on our website and social media.
  • Tread Lightly for Lent, from Presbyterian Mission, PC(USA): Available in English, Spanish and Korean. "The Presbyterian Hunger Program strives to walk with people in moving towards sustainable choices that restore and protect all of God’s children and creation. As people of faith, we seek to “serve and preserve” God’s world. However, some of our collective choices have led to a changing global climate, which translates to warmer temperatures, rising sea-levels, and severe storms, just to name a few. To turn this tide, we must commit to treading lightly on God’s Earth. In Lent, we slow down, take time, and examine our internal spiritual lives and the way we live out our Christian faith in the world around us. Our hope is that this Lenten calendar will be the beginning of actions intended to create more mindful behaviors throughout the year."

Women's History Month

Mar 1, 2022

March is Women's History Month!

We invite you to celebrate by exploring books from the Wright Library collection, including works by Princeton Seminary faculty, as well as recommended research databases, links to related resources, theses, lectures and more, all gathered together in an online bibliography (link below).

Be sure to check out another of our curated bibliographies, linked in this one, compiled in memory and celebration of Rev. Dr. Katie G. Cannon, the first Black woman ordained a minister of word and sacrament in the Presbyterian Church and founder of the Center for Womanist Leadership at Union Presbyterian Seminary.

Faculty publications highlighted in the Women's History Month bibliography include (among others):

  • Addiction and Pastoral Care by Sonia E. Waters
  • African American readings of Paul : reception, resistance, and transformation by Lisa M. Bowens
  • Delighted: what teenagers are teaching the church about joy (e-book) by Kenda Creasy Dean; Wesley W. Ellis; Justin Forbes; Abigail Visco Rusert
  • Notes of a native daughter : testifying in theological education by Keri Day
  • The soul of higher education : contemplative pedagogy, research and institutional life for the twenty-first century edited by Margaret Benefiel and Bo Karen Lee
  • Sunday's Sermon for Monday's World: preaching to shape daring witness by Sally A. Brown

History classes explore the archives

Feb 11, 2022

Students from Prof. Mary Farag's and Prof. Heath Carter's classes got to view materials from Wright Library's Special Collections and Archives up close this week.

On Monday, Prof. Farag brought her History of Christianity in Egypt (CH 5230) class to the Theron Room, where Brian Shetler and Lydia Andeskie carefully arranged materials including incased 5th c. papyri, an Arabic prayer book and items with ornate marginalia from the library's collections.

On Tuesday, Prof. Carter brought students from his History of American Christianity (CH 9051) course to the reading room upstairs. There, materials relating to pre-Revolutionary America, the American Civil War and American missionaries were made available for viewing.

Photos of these materials, including some close-ups, are below.

If you would like to bring your class to the archives, contact Brian and Lydia.

Photos on this page

History of Christianity in Egypt (Farag), February 7, 2022

  • Special Collections and Archives materials staged in the Theron Room including incased 5th c. papyri (far right side)
  • Daw al-Misbah (17th c), containing ornate marginalia
  • An Arabic prayer book (ca. 1767) from the Persian Manuscript Collection with beautifully illuminated pages depicting the Dome of the Rock (verso) and Mecca (with the Ka’aba) (recto).

History of American Christianity (Carter), February 8, 2022

  • Reading room filled with items on display; nearest table holds materials relating to pre-Revolutionary America
  • Table holding materials relating to the Civil War. Most prominently displayed are the diaries of John Jay Pomeroy, a Union Military Chaplain, his writing box, and a bible he used in the field (a gift from his mother). Slightly to the left are sermons delivered by Virginian Henry Carrington Alexander to a Confederate audience.
  • Presbyterian missionary Sheldon Jackson's North Star Scrapbook, opened to a drawing of a day’s catch: Trout and a Sea Serpent by Sal Pipinsky
  • Another photo of the reading room in Special Collections and Archives, Wright Library, Princeton Theological Seminary with the materials on display for the class
photo of Special Collections and Archives materials including incased 5th c. papyri (far right side) staged in the Theron Room, Wright Library, Princeton Theological Seminary
photo of Daw al-Misbah (17th c), a book with ornate marginalia
photo of an Arabic prayer book (ca. 1767) with illuminated pages depicting the Dome of the Rock (verso) and Mecca (with the Ka’aba) (recto)
photo of Special Collections and Archives, Wright Library, Princeton Theological Seminary reading room filled with items on display for the class; nearest table holds materials relating to pre-Revolutionary America
photo of table holding materials relating to the Civil War. Most prominently displayed are the diaries of John Jay Pomeroy, a Union Military Chaplain, his writing box, and a bible he used in the field (a gift from his mother). Slightly to the left are sermons delivered by Virginian Henry Carrington Alexander to a Confederate audience.
photo of Presbyterian missionary Sheldon Jackson's North Star Scrapbook, opened to a drawing of a day’s catch: Trout and a Sea Serpent by Sal Pipinsky.
another photo of the reading room in Special Collections and Archives, Wright Library, Princeton Theological Seminary with the materials on display for the class

Black History Month 2022

Feb 1, 2022

Browse a selection of books and other works by Lisa M. Bowens, Katie G. Cannon, James H. Cone, timone davis, Keri Day, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Angelina Weld Grimké, Dwight Hopkins, Nyasha Junior, Jarena Lee, Darnell L. Moore, Howard Thurman, Eboni Marshall Turman, Desmond Tutu, Chanequa Walker-Barnes, Jesmyn Ward, Ida B. Wells, Phillis Wheatley and many others* in the Black History Month curated bibliography online (link below). The call numbers of these books, the names of their authors and the subject headings found in their library catalog records are all good entry points for further research.

The curated bibliography also contains links to research databases, such as Black Life in America and the Oxford African American Studies Center; lectures, such as the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. lectures at Princeton Theological Seminary; and other suggested reading, listening and viewing.

*Authors and editors include (among others):

  • Albert J. Raboteau
  • Angelique Harris
  • Anthony B. Bradley
  • Austin Channing Brown
  • Betty Livingston Adams
  • Brenda Salter McNeil
  • Brian K. Blount
  • Bruce D. Haynes
  • Cain Hope Felder
  • Carla Jones
  • Cassandra Jackson
  • Cecelia Barr
  • Chad Williams
  • Chanequa Walker-Barnes
  • Charlene A. Carruthers
  • Charles M. Payne
  • Charlotte McSwine-Harris
  • Clarice J. Martin
  • Claudette Copeland
  • Clayborne Carson
  • Cleophus J. LaRue
  • Coretta Scott King
  • Cornel West
  • Courtney Pace
  • Dale P. Andrews
  • Danjuma G. Gibson
  • Darnell L. Moore
  • David Walker
  • Deborah Blanks
  • Deborah Gray White
  • Delores Carpenter
  • Derrick A. Bell
  • Desmond Tutu
  • Dorothy Porter
  • Dwight Hopkins
  • Eboni Marshall Turman
  • Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.
  • Efrem Smith
  • Emerson B. Powery
  • Frantz Fanon
  • Frederick Douglass
  • Gregory C. Ellison, II
  • Harriet Jacobs
  • Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
  • Howard Thurman
  • James Baldwin
  • James H. Cone
  • James Weldon Johnson
  • Jarena Lee
  • Jennifer T. Kaalund
  • Jesmyn Ward
  • Johari Jabir
  • John H. McClendon
  • John Lewis
  • Josef Sorett
  • Juan Williams
  • Judith Weisenfeld
  • Karen D. Crozier
  • Kathryn Watterson
  • Katie G. Cannon
  • Keisha N. Blain
  • Kenyatta R. Gilbert
  • Keri L. Day
  • Khristi Lauren Adams
  • Kidada E. Williams
  • Lisa M. Bowens
  • Malcolm X
  • Manning Marable
  • Margaret Busby
  • Margarita Simon Guillory
  • Maria Thomas
  • Marisa J. Fuentes
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Michael Eric Dyson
  • Monica M. White
  • Natasha Sistrunk Robinson
  • Nyasha Junior
  • Octavia E. Butler
  • Phillis Wheatley
  • Piper Kendrix Williams
  • Quinton H. Dixie
  • Resmaa Menakem
  • Richard J. Douglass-Chin
  • Richard S. Newman
  • Rima Vesely-Flad
  • Robert A. Wortham
  • Shamoon Zamir
  • Stephanie J. Shaw
  • Stephen C. Ferguson
  • Tamura Lomax
  • Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Toni Morrison
  • Vincent W Lloyd
  • W. E. B. Du Bois
  • Wallace D. Best
  • Walter Earl Fluker
  • Whitney Battle-Baptiste
  • Willie James Jennings
  • Winnifred Brown-Glaude
  • Yolanda N. Pierce
  • Zora Neale Hurston