A showcase for curated resources in Wright Library, Princeton Theological Seminary.

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

Main Concourse

Flora, Fauna, and Mysteriana: An Exhibit

A series of 10 exhibition cases, each of which depicts various aspects of humanity’s view of nature through a theological lens, presents viewers with visual evidence of how theological and biblical studies overlap and intersect with the natural world.

The exhibit is separated into three primary areas: depictions of flowers and plants (Flora), depictions of land animals, sea creatures, and birds (Fauna), and depictions of mythical and folkloric beasts (Mysteriana). These three “realms” reflect the Creation story of Genesis (flora & fauna) as well as the creatures of the Apocalypse in the Book of Revelation (mysteriana). We invite you, however, to wander through these realms in any order you desire and explore the beauty and mystery of the world around us.

photo of the Dragons case in the Flora, Fauna, and Mysteriana exhibition

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.

New Exhibits Underway!

Library staff are curating new exhibitions. We look forward to sharing these new displays with you!

Women at Princeton Seminary: Herstory

This exhibit includes items from and about women’s participation in theological work and the church, including the first translation of the Bible by a woman, Julia Smith. From there, we explore the involvement and training of women here at Princeton Theological Seminary.

This Herstory begins with Betsey Stockton, an enslaved woman in the household of Ashbel Green who became involved in missionary and educational work in Hawaii and Princeton. The same shelf continues on to highlight some of the first women who passed through the hallowed halls of the Seminary, sometimes listed as partial students but never granted credit or degrees. Next, we highlight Muriel Van Orden Jennings, class of 1932 and A. Jane Molden, Class of 1952. Muriel was the first woman to receive a degree from Princeton Seminary, receiving both a Th.B. and Th.M., and Jane was the first black woman to graduate from Princeton Seminary (and play for the men’s softball team).

In the second display case, we highlight women’s contributions from more recent decades and into modernity. It highlights the work of the Women*s Center from the Freda Gardner Collection, ushering in female faculty and representation in the 1970s and ‘80s. We also honor the first women to graduate from Princeton Seminary with Doctorates of Theology in 1972, Joyce H. E. Bailey and Elizabeth Gordon Edwards. From the newly processed Prathia Hall Collection, we are excited to display her 1997 dissertation, alongside two books from our collection about the history and stories of women at Princeton Seminary and in Princeton. This case also displays “Faith of Our Mothers, Living Still” a hymn commissioned by Princeton Seminary in 2017 and a block print of Wright Library by Morgan Proffitt-Davis (Future Class of 2024).

Exhibit curated by Sara Manning (MDiv/MACEF Year 3), with help from Jackie Murphy (also MDiv/MACEF Year 3) and Lydia Andeskie (archivist)

Image descriptions: photo of the rectangular display case with 3 shelves described above, portraits of Betsey Stockton, Muriel Van Orden Jennings and A. Jane Molden are prominent; and view looking down into a horizontal display case described above

photo of the rectangular display case with 3 shelves described here, portraits of Betsey Stockton, Muriel Van Orden Jennings and A. Jane Molden are prominent
view looking down into a horizontal display case described here

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.


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.

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.

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

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).