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Inventory of the Victor Gold Collection, 1958-2000
GTU 91-7-01  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Access Points
  • Biographical/Historical Description
  • Scope and Content
  • Separated Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Victor Gold Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1958-2000
    Accession number: GTU 91-7-01
    Shelf location: 2/F/6; 2/J/3
    Creator: Gold, Victor
    Size: Number of containers: 8 boxes

    Linear feet: 3 feet
    Type of material: Minutes, correspondence, announcements, course schedules, class materials, newsletters and reports.
    Repository: The Graduate Theological Union.
    Berkeley, California
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Source and Date

    Six boxes donated April 22, 1988, by Victor Gold. One box donated February 24, 2009, by his wife, the Rev. Frances Noreen Meginness.


    Restrictions: 1 file, see Container List, Box 3.

    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], Victor Gold Collection, GTU 91-7-01, The Graduate Theological Union Archives, Berkeley, CA.

    Access Points

    Graduate Theological Union --Faculty
    Graduate Theological Union --Library
    Graduate Theological Union --History --Sources
    Graduate Theological Union --Curricula
    Graduate Theological Union --Administration
    Interdenominational cooperation --California --Berkeley
    Theology --Study and teaching (Graduate) --California --Berkeley
    Theology --Study and teaching --History --Sources
    Bible --Study and teaching --History --Sources

    Biographical/Historical Description

    Victor Roland Gold was born September 18, 1924 in Garden City, Kansas. He graduated from Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa, in 1945 and from Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa, in 1946. He received his doctorate in Old Testament studies from John Hopkins University (1951), a student of William Foxwell Albright. He served congregations in Texas, Maryland and Michigan prior to his call as an Associate Professor of Old Testament at the Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA in 1956. He taught there for over 50 years. A student remembers that he opened his classes by saying, "I'm still doing this because I am still learning new ways of understanding the Bible-from you, my students." He died September 17, 2008, in Oakland, CA.
    Prof. Gold participated in many prominent excavations, including Lachish and Beer Sheva. Among his writings, he provided annotations on Isaiah, Ezekiel and Jeremiah for the first editions of the Oxford Annotated Bible and has more than 200 entries in the Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible. He chaired the committee of the National Council of Churches that created the Inclusive Language Lectionary.
    Prof. Gold was an active participant in the founding and development of the Graduate Theological Union. By 1958, the seminaries in the Berkeley area had begun to discuss the possibility of a cooperative program. He participated in the Interseminary Committee on a Cooperative Graduate Program. It was from these discussions, and the work of this committee, that the Graduate Theological Union was formed and eventually incorporated. Prof. Gold continued his participation in the GTU through the work of various committees, such as a dean's search committee that brought Dr. Claude Welch to become dean of the GTU; the committee which worked to form the Common Library; and the committee to work on the internal structure of the GTU, the faculty, and the curriculum. Gold also served as Convenor of Area I, Biblical Studies; and coordinated the common GTU introductory course in Biblical Studies.
    (Biographical information from Tim Fries, "Victor Gold," Obituaries of members of the American Schools of Oriental Research, www.asor.org/updates/obituaries.html accessed February 24, 2009.)

    Scope and Content

    The material is arranged as received from the donor. File folders retain the original headings, with the exception of loose materials received February 24, 2009. Nearly all items reflect Prof. Gold's personal involvement in the GTU. SEE ALSO: GTU 90-5-03, GTU Oral History Collection. There are audiotapes and typed transcripts of oral history intervews with Victor Gold on the formation and early years of the GTU. See the online version . SEE ALSO: Area I collection, GTU 92-1-01.

    Separated Material

    Copies of the GTU Library Program and GTU Master Plan from 1971 were transferred to GTU 94-6-1.