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Inventory of the Bibliographical Center Collection, 1963-1969
GTU 88-3-2  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
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  • Agency History

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Bibliographical Center Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1963-1969
    Accession number: GTU 88-3-2
    Shelf location: 3/A/1; Record group RG 4, Subgroup C
    Creator: Bibliographical Center
    Size: 1 box, 5 in.
    Repository: The Graduate Theological Union.
    Berkeley, California
    Abstract: The GTU Bibliographical Center existed from 1963-69. It was essentially a centralized book ordering, cataloging and processing center for the GTU schools. Subgroup C contains all existing records of the Center. The records appear to be far from complete and were probably sorted and rearranged sometime after the Center was succeeded by the GTU Library. The correspondence and reports that remain provide fair documentation for the operation of the Center. Some supplementary material may be found in the records of the GTU Dean John Dillenberger.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    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

    [Identification of item], Bibliographical Center Collection, GTU 88-3-2, The Graduate Theological Union Archives, Berkeley, CA.

    Access Points

    Baldwin, Paul
    Alhadef, John J
    Judah, J. Stillson
    Graduate Theological Union. Biographical Center
    Cataloging, cooperative
    Library cooperation -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area

    Agency History

    The establishment of the Graduate Theological Union in 1962 gave new impetus to cooperative ventures among its member schools. A GTU library committee was created in December 1963, and began to work for, among other projects, the establishment of a Bibliographical Center. In July 1964, a grant from the Sealantic Fund provided partial funding for the Center, which was not to be a new library but to perform specific functions for the GTU schools. (At that time, BBDS, CDSP, PLTS, SFTS. PSR, SAC and SKSM were also served by the Center.) The Bibliographical Center, operating from the newly-purchased building at 2465 LeConte Avenue in Berkeley, microfilmed the author/title entries of the member schools and created a union catalog, assembled a strong bibliographic reference collection, and set up procedures for cooperative book selection, ordering, cataloging and processing. The classification system, and the Library of Congress recognized the Center as a national facility and invited it to participate in a Shared Cataloging Program.
    Paul Baldwin, SFTS catalog librarian, became Assistant Director of the Center in January 1965. Early that same year David Green, GTU graduate student, was appointed Bibliographer, and by the middle of the year Father John J. Alhadef, head librarian of Alma College, was Director of the Center on a part-time basis. The cataloging staff quickly grew to ten, and costs outpaced income. In July 1966, came a drastic reduction in staff and new leadership, with J. Stillson Judah becoming Director and Oscar Burdick Associate Director. Both men retained their library positions at PSR, giving half-time to the Center.
    The Center continued in operation until June 1969 when the GTU Common Library was officially instituted.
    SEE ALSO: Bibliographical Center files are also contained in: Victor Gold, GTU Collection, GTU 91-7-01 (GTU Library Committee files); GTU 94-9-1, from PLTS files; and GTU 98-2-1, from CDSP files.