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Inventory of the Western Theological Library Association Records, 1954-66
GTU 88-3-1  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Access Points
  • Introduction
  • Agency History

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Western Theological Library Association Records,
    Date (inclusive): 1954-66
    Accession number: GTU 88-3-1
    Shelf location: 3/A/1
    Creator: Western Theological Library Association
    Size: 1/2 box, 1 in.
    Repository: The Graduate Theological Union
    Berkeley, California
    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], Western Theological Library Association Records, GTU 88-3-1, The Graduate Theological Union Archives, Berkeley, CA.

    Access Points

    Library science --Congresses
    Theological libraries


    Before the Graduate Theological Union 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.
    See also:
    • Western Theological Library Association Minutes, Rare Book, Z673.W4
    • Western Theological Library Association --Southern Section Union Catalog, Reference z881.A1 W4 (microfilm)

    Agency History

    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.