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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.

During the current semester the Center is open by appointment only. For an appointment contact us by email at or phone at 817-202-6609.


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


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 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.


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 Ellen White's letters and manuscripts and other records on permanent loan from the Ellen White Estate. Then Ellen White Research Center Director May Ann Hadley led six years of intensive foundational work including the setup of the initial facility, the acquisition and initial arrangement of collections, the development of a network of supporters, and the conduction of a variety of outreach activities. From 2010 to 2016 under the leadership of Librarian Alfredo Vergel, the Heritage Center expanded its physical and digital footprint to better accomodate growing collections and to improve access to archival records on the web. Librarian Tony Zbaraschuk has recently taken over resposibility for the Heritage Center.

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