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Exhibits

A showcase for curated resources in Wright Library.

First Floor

New Faculty Books

The New Faculty Books exhibit showcases the most recent faculty book publications and previews forthcoming titles. This display, to be updated periodically, offers a glimpse at the range and diversity of the current research interests of the faculty. View book covers, call numbers and other details

photo of new faculty books exhibit

Beautiful Bindings

Bindings are more than just protective barriers, they can provide information crucial for identifying texts, place the book in a larger context, and provide a canvas on which book designers, artists, and printers can express themselves. This exhibit features a selection of the library’s most beautiful and interesting bindings, from 20th century publisher’s bindings to gold-stamped relics of the pre-industrial printing presses to medieval-looking vellum bindings. The display shows viewers how small details, deeply rich colors, and artistic flair can transform a simple book into a work of art. Through this exhibit, visitors will learn about how these amazing books were made. Highlights of the exhibition include a curious copy of Bibliotheca Sancta, published in 1626 and bound with scrap material from a medieval Latin manuscript, and a stunning iridescent mother-of-pearl mosaic set into the covers of a red-letter New Testament from 1952. The exhibition will take viewers on a brief journey into the world of how books are made, encouraging discovery and appreciation of these beautiful bindings.

Main Concourse

PTS: Take A Look Back

This exhibition, timed with the events of Alumni Reunion 2022, showcases historical material from Princeton Theological Seminary’s archival collections. Class photos from the 1800s, diplomas from different generations of PTS graduates, and student publications are just some of the items that are on display to honor the long history of the Seminary. Focusing on student life and activities, the exhibit highlights the role of the student on campus and present what life was like for students at different periods of the Seminary’s history. The archival documents, publications, and artifacts in each display case will help bring the history of PTS to life. The exhibition also includes biographical studies of significant alums including Toyohiko Tagawa and Jane Molden. The displays will allow returning alums the chance to reminisce about their time on campus and reflect on the historical legacy of the Seminary in its 210th year!

Second Floor

Second Floor Exhibits

The second floor of the library features a room dedicated to the Presbyterian heritage in Korea and its connections with Princeton Theological Seminary.

Third Floor

Third Floor Exhibit

The third floor Women in Ministry Room (3028) has a photo exhibit celebrating the presence of women at Princeton Theological Seminary.

Digital

The Numismatic Luther: Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

"The Numismatic Luther," a special exhibit in honor of the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, continues to be available as a digital exhibit: The Numismatic Luther: The Frederick J. and Joyce Schumacher Collection.

This outstanding collection of Luther-related medals and coins has been put together by Frederick J. Schumacher (Class of 1978) over much of a lifetime and represents Luther commemoration over many centuries. "More different medals and coins have been struck relating to Luther and his life and teachings than any other single person in history," writes Rev. Schumacher in an article he published about his collection.

"The Numismatic Luther" exhibit in display case

Edward Miller's Patient Book

Edward Miller, brother to renowned Princeton Theological Seminary professor, Samuel Miller, collaborated in America's first medical journal as he was a practicing doctor and graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. Special Collections holds his private patient appointment book from the two years he was practicing privately prior to his death in 1812.

Exhibit created by Special Collections intern, Kaitlin Montague, MLIS 2016, Rutgers School of Communication and Information

James J. Reeb Memorial Lectures

On Sunday, March 7, 1965, 600 people participated in the historic civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, AL. A second march took place two days later, which James J. Reeb, a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and Unitarian Universalist minister, joined. When it was over, three people had been killed, including Reeb. One year later, the Seminary held a series of five annual lectures by internationally distinguished religious and civic leaders: Eugene Carson Blake, Roy Wilkins, D. T. Niles, Ralph David Abernathy, and Paul Verghese.

Princeton Seminary Student DH Projects 2015

What are the digital humanities (DH) and how are they part of seminary education? Princeton seminarians explored these and other questions in an early 2015 introductory DH course, proposing new interactive knowledge resources. Three student projects are presented in this digital exhibit: Love of God Audio Quotation Database (Jeffrey Cobbold), Digital Humanities and Text Encoding (Alan B. Thorne, Jr.), Father Forgive Me for I Have Trolled: Re-Imagining the Scope of Religious Confession in the Digital World (Michael J. Toy).

C.L. Seow: Celebrating 32 Years of Scholarship

C.L. Seow has taught Old Testament Language and Literature at Princeton Seminary since 1983. Effective August 16, 2015, he joins the faculty of the Divinity School at Vanderbilt University as the Vanderbilt, Buffington, Cupples Distinguished Chair in Hebrew Bible.

The Grand Itinerant - George Whitefield at 300

A key figure in colonial America's religious Great Awakening, George Whitefield, 1714-1770, preached to huge crowds held spellbound by his dramatic oratory. He is considered by many to have been a master at merging the sacred with the temporal, bringing his message of spiritual renewal to the marketplace. His was an agile ministry that moved outside when indoor gatherings grew perilous. Data driven, he collected and touted participation metrics to the local press.