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Inventory of the John S. Hadsell Westminster House Collection
GTU 2006-7-02  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Index
  • Other Finding Aids

  • 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