Adventist Heritage Center

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Welcome to the Adventist Heritage Center online. This is the portal to Southwestern Adventist University's collection of records documenting its history and that of adventism, especially in the American Southwest. The Center is located on the library's second floor and its collections and services are available to the general public.

Sun
1-10pm
Mon through Thu
1-7pm
Fri and Sat
Closed

The schedule above applies when classes are in session during the current academic term. It may be shortened during vacations or temporarily extended at the request of users.
For an appointment contact us by email at heritage@swau.edu
or phone at 817-202-6609.

Collections

The Center comprises the four distinct collections listed below. Selected items from all of these collections will be available soon in digital format.

Services

The center provides the services listed below. A biannual newsletter highlights the center's collections and keeps patrons informed of its activities. To request more information contact us by email at heritage@swau.edu or phone at 817-202-6609.

  • Serve as the repository for the university's permanent records.
  • Preserve and conserve old, fragile and rare materials.
  • Collect items of denominational or local historical value not preserved anywhere else.
  • Operate the university's Ellen G. White Research Center.
  • Raise awareness of its holdings among the general public.
  • Provide descriptive information on its holdings.
  • Provide access and reference to stakeholders and researchers.
  • Provide instructional services to its constituents.

History

Predated by a Heritage Room established in 1996 under library director Randy Butler, Southwestern's Adventist Heritage Center was inaugurated March 26, 2004. This beginning was marked by the accession of copies of the unpublished writings of Ellen White and other records on permanent loan from the Ellen White Estate. Ellen White Research Center Director May Ann Hadley then led six years of intensive foundational work including the setup of the current facility, the acquisition and initial arrangement of collections, the development of a network of supporters, and the conduction of a variety of outreach activities. Since 2010 under the leadership of Special Collections Librarian Alfredo Vergel, the Heritage Center has been expanding its presence on the web in order to improve access to its collections and services.

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