Inventory of the John S. Hadsell Westminster House Collection

David Stiver
Graduate Theological Union Archives
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Inventory of the John S. Hadsell Westminster House Collection

Collection number: GTU 2006-7-02

Graduate Theological Union Archives

Graduate Theological Union

Berkeley, California
Processed by:
David Stiver
Date Completed:
Encoded by:
David Stiver
© 2008 Graduate Theological Union. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: John S. Hadsell Westminster House Collection
Dates: 1876-2000
Collection number: GTU 2006-7-02
Creator: Hadsell, John S. (John Sydney), 1921-
Creator: Westminster House
Collection Size: .5 linear feet (1 archives box)
Repository: The Graduate Theological Union. Library.
Berkeley, CA 94709
Abstract: The collection contains notes, interviews, correspondence, pamphlets and other materials used by John Hadsell to write A sacred space : the story of Westminster House, Berkeley, the Presbyterian campus ministry alongside the University of California, Berkeley .
Physical location: 7/G/4
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to The Graduate Theological Union. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Graduate Theological Union as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Preferred Citation

John S. Hadsell Westminster House collection, GTU 2006-7-02. Graduate Theological Union Archives, Berkeley, CA.

Acquisition Information

John S. Hadsell donated the collection in July 2006.

Biography / Administrative History

The collection contains reference materials used by John S. Hadsell during the writing of A Sacred Space: The Story of the Westminster House, Berkeley. He was unable to find a publisher. The book was self-published in 2000 with financial support from various contributors.
Westminster House is the Presbyterian Student Center at University of California, Berkeley. The Presbyterian Synod of California established a campus ministry in 1911. The next year they purchased a 12-room house at 2700 Bancroft Way. Initially, the house served as the home for the campus minister. In 1915, the facility opened to student housing. Originally called the Presbyterian House, it was renamed Westminster, honoring the Westminster Confession of Faith produced by the Westminster Assembly in England in the 17th century. From the beginning, ministers and students were active in the campus and community. The most turbulent period took place during the sixties and seventies. Students were active in many of the causes for social justice and briefly founded a commune.
Hadsell grew up in Berkeley and attended the University of California. Following his graduation in 1943, he served as an officer on the USS Washington. After the war, he worked for the Boy Scouts of America. He received a bachelor's of divinity degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary and a doctorate in education from Columbia University. Hadsell served as Presbyterian campus minister at San Francisco State from 1955-59 and at UC-Berkeley from 1959-70. He taught at the San Francisco Theological Seminary from 1970 to 1987.
Hadsell has writen several other books. With Richard Coote,he wrote San Francisco Theological Seminary : the shaping of a western school of the church, 1871-1998 and wrote and edited several histories of local Presbyterian churches.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection contains the book A Sacred Space: The Story of Westminster House, Berkeley; notes; clippings; pamphlets; newspaper and magazine articles; correspondence; and interviews.

Indexing Terms

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


Westminster House (University of California, Berkeley)
University of California, Berkeley--Students.
Presbyterian Church--Missions--California--Berkeley.
College students--Religious life.
Universities and colleges--Religion.
Church work with students--Presbyterian Church.
Church and college.

Hadsell, John S.

Other Finding Aids

GTU 94-11-04, CMHE (Cooperative Ministry of Higher Education) in Northern California and Nevada

Collection Contents

Box 1 : 1-11

Histories, Interviews, and Correspondence 1907-1999

Physical Description: 11 folders
box-folder 1:1

Biographies ca.1900-1999

box-folder 1:2

A Sacred Space in galley form 1999

box-folder 1:3

Histories, includes dedication bulletins 1926-1999

box-folder 1:4

Interviews and correspondence 1998-1999

box-folder 1:5

Notes, correspondence, search for donations 1998-1999

box-folder 1:6

Old Minutes 1907-1914

box-folder 1:7

Responses and file disc backup of book 1999

box-folder 1:8

Session minutes 1876-1935

box-folder 1:9

Will, James F Worley 1973

box-folder 1:10

Calvin Club 1936-1946

box-folder 1:11

W House 1994-1996

box 1:12-20

Publications 1876-2000

Physical Description: 9 folders
box-folder 1:12

A Sacred Space 2000

box-folder 1:13

Cal Report, Special 125th Anniversary Edition 1993

box-folder 1:14

New Wine: A Report of the Commission on the Danforth Study of Campus Ministry 1969

box-folder 1:15

The Church and Higher Education 1969

box-folder 1:16

The Campus Ministry: The Context, History, and Practice of United Presbyterian Campus Christian Life 1961

box-folder 1:17

By Faith: Christian Students among the Cloud of Witnesses 1991

box-folder 1:18

Is the United Presbyterian Church Being Destroyed from Within? 1973

box-folder 1:19

On Being Faithful: The Continuing Mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) 1995

box-folder 1:20

History of the Association of Presbyterian University Pastors, 1930-1965: A Study of a Specialized Clergy Organization With Interpretations for the Future 1985