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Inventory of the Remembering Theological Education at the Graduate Theological Union in the 1960s Oral History
GTU 98-5-01  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Other Finding Aids

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Remembering Theological Education at the Graduate Theological Union in the 1960s Oral History
    Dates: 1993-1995
    Collection number: GTU 98-5-01
    Creator: Kibler III, Ray F.
    Collection Size: 2 linear feet (4 boxes) 84 transcripts, 84 sets of casettes and some images
    Repository: The Graduate Theological Union Library.
    Berkeley, CA 94709
    Abstract: This extensive oral history includes interviews from 79 scholars who discuss the founding of the Graduate Theological Union and issues in theological education before, after and during the 1960s. The interviews were conducted in 1993-94 by Ray F. Kibler III, a Lutheran minister and archivist, who obtained funding from the Lilly Endowment to conduct the project.
    Physical location: 1/A/1
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English
    79 transcripts and related materials.


    Collection is open for research. Some restrictions are in place. In nearly all cases, the edited transcript can be accessed. In roughly half the interviews, the unedited audio is also available. Five of the 84 interviews are currently unavailable due to restrictions: Keith R. Bridston, Victor R. Gold, Edward C. Hobbs, William E. Lesher and Herman C. Waetjen.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright 2012 by Graduate Theological Union. These transcripts are provided for individual Research Purposes Only. For all other uses, including publication, reproduction and quotation beyond fair use, permission must be obtained in writing from: Graduate Theological Union Archives, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley, CA 94709 (archives@gtu.edu).

    Preferred Citation

    [Transcript], Remembering Theological Education at the Graduate Theological Union in the 1960s Oral History , GTU 98-5-01. Graduate Theological Union Archives, Berkeley, CA.

    Acquisition Information

    Ray F. Kibler III provided the following: 1998-99, release forms, hard copies of transcripts and cassettes; 2012, Word file.

    Biography / Administrative History

    Ray F. Kibler III conducted a series of interviews in 1993 and 1994 to examine theological education, primarily at the Graduate Theological Union, in the 1960s. The project was sponsored by Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (PLTS), for the GTU, and funded by the Lilly Endowment Inc.
    The Graduate Theological Union (GTU) began in Berkeley as a partnership of four schools in 1962 and evolved into a consortium of six Protestant and three Roman Catholic schools, along with Orthodox, Jewish, Islamic, Buddhist and other centers of learning. The core schools included American Baptist Seminary of the West (ABSW), Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP, Episcopal), Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology (DSPT), Franciscan School of Theology (FST), Jesuit School of Theology of Berkeley (JSTB, now Santa Clara University), Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (PLTS), Pacific School of Religion (PSR, non-denominational), San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS, Presbyterian) and Starr King School for the Ministry (SKSM, Unitarian Universalist).
    In his proposal Kibler wrote: "Why record their testimonies now? Two dozen years have passed since 1968. Some older faculty are still living in retirement, a few on their deathbeds. But when they die, their testimonies will die with them. A couple have said to me that, years later, they now are ready to tell their stories. My experience indeed in conducting oral interviews has been that thoughtful older persons are both pleased and honored to give away what they know in the hope of being a help to others who want to listen to them. Some other faculty, young teachers 24 years ago, have experienced the space of sufficient time since to interpret now what went on and what they thought and did then. They too are ready to talk." (see full proposal at http://cdm15837.contentdm.oclc.org/)
    Kibler earned the following degrees: BMus, California State University-Long Beach; MDiv, Luther Theological Seminary; MTh, Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary; DMin, School of Theology at Claremont; PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary. He volunteered as director of the Region 2 Archives of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America at Pacific Lutheran Theological School, 1988-93. He has taught at Lutheran Bible Institute at Irvine. He served several congregations in Southern California and as a member of the Southern California Ecumenical Council.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection contains the audio recording of the interviews on cassette tapes, an unedited and edited transcript of each interview, some supporting documents on or from some of the interviewees, and the oral history release forms. Eighty-four professors, trustees and staff were interviewed.


    The materials are separated by type: transcripts in alphabetical order by last name in three boxes and audio cassettes in one box.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Graduate Theological Union. Library--History--Sources.
    Theological seminaries--California--Berkeley.
    Theology--History--20th century.

    Other Finding Aids

    GTU 90-5-03, Graduate Theological Union Oral History, from a class on oral history conducted at the Pacific School of Religion by Barbara Brown Zikmund and Charles McCoy in the Spring 1988; GTU 97-12-02, Harland E. Hogue oral history collection.