Inventory of the Remembering Theological Education at the Graduate Theological Union in the 1960s Oral History

David J. Stiver
Graduate Theological Union Archives
Graduate Theological Union
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Berkeley, California, 94709
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Graduate Theological Union. All rights reserved.

Remembering Theological Education at the Graduate Theological Union in the 1960s Oral History

Collection number: GTU 98-5-01

Graduate Theological Union Archives

Graduate Theological Union

Berkeley, California
Processed by:
David J. Stiver
Date Completed:
November 11, 2012
Encoded by:
David J. Stiver
© 2012 Graduate Theological Union. All rights reserved.

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.

Access

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.

Arrangement

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.

Subjects

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.

Collection Contents

Box 1 - 4

Interviewees and Affiliation 1993-1994

Physical Description: 84 folders, 84 sets of audio casette tapes, some supporting information
box-folder 1 : 1

Phillip Adams, Church Dvinity School of the Pacific

box-folder 1 : 2

Stuart L. Anderson, Pacific School of Religion

box-folder 1 : 3

Robert J. Arnott, American Baptist Seminary of the West

box-folder 1 : 4

E. Theodore Bachmann, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

box-folder 1 : 5

Browne Barr, San Francisco Theological Seminary

box-folder 1 : 6

David Bartlett, American Baptist Seminary of the West

box-folder 1 : 7

Francis Baur, Franciscan School of Theology

box-folder 1 : 8

Robert Bellah, University of California, Berkeley

box-folder 1 : 9

John C. Bennett (additional oral history in file), Pacific School of Religion

box-folder 1 : 10

Karen Bloomquist, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

box-folder 1 : 11

Fred Borsch, Church Dvinity School of the Pacific

box-folder 1 : 12

Keith R. Bridston (restricted), Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

box-folder 1 : 13

Joseph P. Chinnici, Franciscan School of Theology

box-folder 1 : 14

William M. Cieslak, Franciscan School of Theology

box-folder 1 : 15

Paul D. Clasper, Graduate Theological Union

box-folder 1 : 16

John A. Coleman, Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley

box-folder 1 : 17

Arnold B. Come, San Francisco Theological Seminary

box-folder 1 : 18

Ralph H. Cook, Starr King School of Ministry

box-folder 1 : 19

Harry T. Corcoran, Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley

box-folder 1 : 20

Donald Deffner, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

box-folder 1 : 21

Jane D. Dillenberger, San Francisco Theological Seminary, Pacific School of Religion, Graduate Theological Union

box-folder 1 : 22

John Dillenberger, San Francisco Theological Seminary, Graduate Theological Union

box-folder 1 : 23

Dody H. Donnelly, Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, San Francisco Theological Seminary, Pacific School of Religion

box-folder 1 : 24

Joann Nash Eakin, Office of Women's Affairs, Graduate Theological Union

box-folder 1 : 25

Sanford S. Elberg, University of California, Berkeley

box-folder 1 : 26

James L. Empereur, Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley

box-folder 1 : 27

Eldon G. Ernst, American Baptist Seminary of the West

box-folder 2 : 1

Jack Finigan, Pacific School of Religion

box-folder 2 : 2

Clare B. Fischer, Starr King School of Ministry

box-folder 2 : 3

A. Durwood Foster, Pacific School of Religion

box-folder 2 : 4

Samuel M. Garrett, Church Dvinity School of the Pacific

box-folder 2 : 5

Theodore A. Gill, San Francisco Theological Seminary

box-folder 2 : 6

Charles Y. Glock, University of California, Berkeley, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

box-folder 2 : 7

Robert J. Goeser, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

box-folder 2 : 8

Victor R. Gold (restricted), Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

box-folder 2 : 9

Norman K. Gottwald, American Baptist Seminary of the West

box-folder 2 : 10

Michael D. Guinan, Franciscan School of Theology

box-folder 2 : 11

John S. Hadsell, San Francisco Theological Seminary

box-folder 2 : 12

Henry J. Harjunpaa, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

box-folder 2 : 13

Richard A. Hill, Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley

box-folder 2 : 14

Edward C. Hobbs (restricted), Church Dvinity School of the Pacific

box-folder 2 : 15

Harland E. Hogue, Pacific School of Religion

box-folder 2 : 16

John E. Huesman, Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley

box-folder 2 : 17

James B. Jones, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

box-folder 2 : 18

N. Stilson Judah, Pacific School of Religion, Graduate Theological Union

box-folder 2 : 19

Robert C. Kimball, Starr King School of Ministry

box-folder 2 : 20

Patrick L. Labelle, Franciscan School of Theology

box-folder 2 : 21

Robert Lee, San Francisco Theological Seminary

box-folder 2 : 22

William E. Lesher (restricted), Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

box-folder 2 : 23

Robert C. Leslie, Pacific School of Religion

box-folder 2 : 24

William L. Malcomson, American Baptist Seminary of the West

box-folder 2 : 25

John Hilary Martin, Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology

box-folder 2 : 26

James William McClendon Jr., Golden Gate Baptist Seminary, Church Dvinity School of the Pacific

box-folder 2 : 27

Charles S. McCoy, Pacific School of Religion

box-folder 2 : 28

Marna J. McKenzie, OWA, Graduate Theological Union

box-folder 2 : 29

Antonio Moreno-Elosegui, Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology

box-folder 2 : 30

Paul E. Morentz, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

box-folder 2 : 31

Donn F. Morgan, Church Dvinity School of the Pacific

box-folder 2 : 32

George H. Muedeking, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

box-folder 2 : 33

Harry J. Mumm, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

box-folder 2 : 34

B. Dave Napier, Pacific School of Religion

box-folder 2 : 35

Shunji F. Nishi, Church Dvinity School of the Pacific

box-folder 3 : 1

Kenan B. Osborne, Franciscan School of Theology

box-folder 3 : 2

Betty Over, Graduate Theological Union

box-folder 3 : 3

Samuel Parsons, Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology

box-folder 3 : 4

Robert Pfisterer, Franciscan School of Theology

box-folder 3 : 5

Joseph M. Powers, Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley

box-folder 3 : 6

Benjamin A. Reist, San Francisco Theological Seminary

box-folder 3 : 7

Wayne R. Rood, Pacific School of Religion

box-folder 3 : 8

Paul J. Schulze, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

box-folder 3 : 9

Edward S. Setchko, Starr King School of Ministry

box-folder 3 : 10

Surjit Singh, San Francisco Theological Seminary

box-folder 3 : 11

Edward V. Stein, San Francisco Theological Seminary

box-folder 3 : 12

David S. Steward, Pacific School of Religion

box-folder 3 : 13

Vernon L. Strempke, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

box-folder 3 : 14

Walter M. Stuhr, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

box-folder 3 : 15

Shaun J. Sullivan, Franciscan School of Theology

box-folder 3 : 16

Aaron J. Ungersma, San Francisco Theological Seminary

box-folder 3 : 17

Herman C. Waetjen (restricted), San Francisco Theological Seminary

box-folder 3 : 18

Mary S. Williams, Graduate Theological Union

box-folder 3 : 19

David Willis, San Francisco Theological Seminary

box-folder 3 : 20

Claude Welch, Graduate Theological Union

box-folder 3 : 21

John H. Wright, Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley

box-folder 3 : 22

Wilhelm Wuellner, Pacific School of Religion

box 4

Cassette tapes of all interviews