Inventory of the Oral History of the GTU Collection, 1988

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Inventory of the Oral History of the GTU Collection, 1988

Accession number: GTU 90-5-03

Shelf location: 2/A/2-3

The Graduate Theological Union Archives

Berkeley, California

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  • Graduate Theological Union Archives
  • 2400 Ridge Road
  • Berkeley, California, 94709
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Processed by:
Lucinda Glenn Rand
Date Completed:
July 18, 1990
Date Revised:
July 25, 1991; June 28, 1994
Encoded by:
Xiuzhi Zhou
Encoding revised (add online note)
May 6, 2013
© 1999 Graduate Theological Union. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Oral History Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1988
Accession number: GTU 90-5-03
Shelf location: 2/A/2-3
Size: Number of containers: 3 boxes

Linear feet: 6 in.
Type of material: Audio tapes, typed transcripts, photographs
Repository: The Graduate Theological Union.
Berkeley, California
Language: English.
7 transcripts, related materials and some audio.

Administrative Information

Source and Date

Barbara Brown Zikmund, 1990


The interview (5 tapes) of Claude Welch was restricted for 10 years (year 2000) or at the event of his death, whichever comes first.

Publication Rights

Copyright 2013 by Graduate Theological Union. These transcripts are provided for individual Research Purposes Only. For all other uses, including publication, reproduction and quotation beyond fair use, permission must be obtained in writing from: Graduate Theological Union Archives, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley, CA 94709 (

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Oral History of the GTU Collection, GTU 90-5-03, The Graduate Theological Union Archives, Berkeley, CA.

Access Points

Graduate Theological Union --History --Sources
Claude Welch
Charles McCoy
Sanford Elberg
Robert Leslie
Sherman Johnson
Davie Napier
Kevin Wall
Victor Gold
Harry Corcoran
Stuart Anderson
J. Stillson Judah

Biographical/Historical Description

This collection is the result of course work from a class on oral history offered at the Pacific School of Religion by Barbara Brown Zikmund and Charles McCoy, Spring 1988. The interviews were conducted by Zikmund, McCoy, and various members of the class during March, April, and May, 1988.

Scope and Content

The class interviewed persons who were instrumental in the formation and early years of the GTU. When the collection was given, Zikmund noted that the tapes from John Dillenberger and Robert Kimball were missing. The interviewees signed release forms. These are on file in the GTU Archives master files. The release forms for Sanford Elberg and Sherman Johnson were missing on receipt of the collection.

Container List

Box Box 1, Folder ff 1

Charles McCoy: 2 copies 3/7/88 interview transcript, 2 photographs

Folder ff 2

Charles McCoy: 2 copies 3/21/88 interview transcript

Folder ff 3

Robert Kimball: outline of interview

Folder ff 4

Sanford Elberg: outline of interview

Folder ff 5

Robert Leslie: partial transcript

Folder ff 6

Sherman Johnson: transcript

Folder ff 7

Davie Napier: 2 copies transcript, 3 photographs

Folder ff 8

Kevin Wall: outline of interview

Folder ff 9

Victor Gold: 2 copies transcript

Folder ff 10

Harry Corcoran: 2 copies transcript; copy of document, "Memorandum of the Alma College Faculty on the Advisability of Moving the Theologate to the G.T.U. Center in Berkeley"

Folder ff 11

Stuart Anderson: 2 copies transcript

Folder ff 12

J. Stillson Judah, outline of interview

Box Box 2, Folder Tape Holder #1

Charles McCoy, 2 tapes


Robert Leslie, 1 tape


J. Stillson Judah, 1 tape

Folder Tape Holder #2

Sanford Elberg, 2 tapes


Sherman Johnson, 2 tapes


Davie Napier, 1 tape


Kevin Wall, 1 tape


Victor Gold, 2 tapes


Harry Corcoran, 1 tape


Stuart Anderson, 2 tapes


Claude Welch:

Box Box 3, Folder ff 1

2 copies transcript 4/88 interview, 2 photographs

Folder ff 2

interview transcript with corrections, comments, and supplemental material from Claude Welch, July, 1991


5 tapes (2 tapes, 4/88 interview; 3 tapes, 5/88 interview)

NOTE: These interviews are restricted and unavailable before the year 2000 (see "Restrictions" above).