Title: Western Theological Library Association Records,
Date (inclusive): 1954-66
Accession number: GTU 88-3-1
Shelf location: 3/A/1
Western Theological Library Association
Size: 1/2 box, 1 in.
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[Identification of item], Western Theological Library Association Records, GTU 88-3-1,
The Graduate Theological Union Archives, Berkeley, CA.
Library science --Congresses
Before the GTU and its library came into existence, the seminaries of the Bay Area and of
California engaged in a number of cooperative library programs. Subgroup A contains the
records of the Western Theological Library Association, 1954-1966.
- Western Theological Library Association Minutes, Rare Book,
- Western Theological Library Association --Southern Section Union
Catalog, Reference z881.A1 W4 (microfilm)
The WTLA was begun in 1954 by J. Stillson Judah, who served as its first president. The
Association was composed of libraries and librarians in the western United States, and
its purpose was "to confer concerning matters of common interest to theological
libraries." The group met as a whole and in northern and southern sections. There were
cooperative projects such as union catalogs and union periodical lists. The Association
died out when the GTU Library took over many of its functions.