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About the Pentecostal and Charismatic Research Archive

List of Collaborators:

  1. Center for African American Church History and Research, Dallas TX
  2. The D.J. Young Heritage Foundation
  3. Donald Gee Research Centre, Mattersey, Nottinghamshire UK
  4. Dr. Mattie McGlothen Museum and Library
  5. The DuPree Holiness Pentecostal Center (DHPC)
  6. Evangelical Theological Seminary. Osijek, Croatia
  7. Hollenweger Centre, Free University of Amsterdam
  8. Ukrainian Evangelical Theological Seminary, Kiev, Ukraine

 

1. Center for African American Church History and Research, Dallas TX
The Center for African American Church History and Research, Inc. (CAACHR), Church of God in Christ (COGIC) collection span eight decades and is a rich and diverse archival resource documenting the organization’s history.  After holiness leader Charles Harrison Mason received the Pentecostal experience of Spirit baptism with the sign of speaking in tongues at the Azusa Street Revival the reorganized COGIC became one of the most influential Christian organizations in America impacting all races, nationalities and by 2010 a reported 60 countries. The COGIC collection is a result of twenty-five years of preservation of souvenir books, funeral programs, photos, artifacts, Whole Truth newspapers, newspaper clippings from private holdings as well as history interviews with COGIC pioneers (VHS, CD and DVD format).  It describes the church’s impact on education, international missions primarily in Liberia and Haiti but also Ghana. Women’s Ministry pictorial reviews, scenes from Women’s Conventions, retirement homes built or purchased by women, photo stamps, fundraising items (place mats, memorial plates) and booklets written by female leaders are a large part of the collection.  Souvenir books dating to the 1940s trace church development and late 20th century political buttons, campaign brochures and 3D objects are a part of the general church holdings. Personal letters and documents shed light on some struggles of the church’s transitory period between the death of its founder and reorganization.

Photographs taken as early as the 1920s document every phase of COGIC life and are diverse in scope: vacation, family, women’s conventions, social, church group, early band members, national women’s conventions and the church’s educational efforts.  For example images from the recently acquired Saints College collection record sports scenes, band, May Day Kings and Queen with Court wearing attire purchased from Mardi Gras, students at chapel, graduation exercises, many of Arenia Mallory, Manpower partnership, NCNW, signed Duke Ellington, Norma Shearer, Ethel Waters, newspaper clippings: announcement of Mallory’s marriage, articles on 10,000 May Day parade in downtown Lexington, Walter White and Mary McLeod Bethune, etc.

The Foreign Missions collection has typical scenes of harvest at the Tugbaken Mission, schools, medical clinics and churches built in Africa and Haiti, groups scenes with Ghanaian pastors, original school dedication programs, diaries, Cape Palmas Credit notes, entire collection of medical missionary training exam papers, 1938 Missions President Bishop Samuel Crouch.

Rights: The Center for African American Church History and Research, Inc.
Ordering: Contact Glenda Williams-Goodson [glendagoodson@aol.com] for additional information.

2. The D.J. Young Heritage Foundation
The D. J. Young Heritage Foundation was established in 2008 for the purpose of advancing the Holiness-Pentecostal tradition through preservation of heritage documents and other artifacts of the Church of God in Christ (COGIC). The growing Archives aims to rescue and promote the historical interests of the Holiness-Pentecostal tradition through efforts to collect, preserve, maintain and make available records of historical value which collectively witness the genesis of the Church of God in Christ. One of the primary tasks of the Archives is to serve as the central repository of historical materials documenting the life of Church of God in Christ’s pioneer publisher and cofounder, David Johnson Young.  The D. J. Young collection includes a large assortment of historical materials from the D. J. Young Publishing Company, ranging from the Church’s earliest hymnals to the vintage printing presses which printed its Sunday School literature.

Ladrian Brown, MD, CEO
D. J. Young Heritage Foundation
P. O. Box 171164
Kansas City, KS 66101
913.579.2741

2. Donald Gee Research Centre Archive
The Donald Gee archives are located at Mattersey Hall, an interdenominational theological college founded and owned by British Assemblies of God and situated in England. The college is in the countryside of the East Midlands, in a north Nottinghamshire village six miles from Retford [SSE] and 14 miles from Doncaster, South Yorkshire  [NW].

The documents shared here under the CCR scheme, are from the earliest organised European Pentecostal mission – the Pentecostal Missionary Union – founded in January 1909 under the guidance of the Anglican vicar of All Saints, Monkwearmouth, Revd. Alexander A. Boddy (1854-1930) and the CIM missionary Cecil H. Polhill (1860-1938), a wealthy member of the landed gentry. The PMU missionaries went to India, Congo and Brazil but mainly to China. They were sponsored largely by Polhill and people who attended the Whitsuntide convention (1908-14) in Monkwearmouth that created an informal European network of those newly baptised in the Holy Spirit. The items available here include the minutes of the PMU 1909-1939 (British Assemblies of God took on the missionaries and the administration as its own mission department as of 1925), letters between the home department and field members and photos of the people involved.

The archives themselves beyond the collection online here, contain administrative documents of The Assemblies of God in Great Britain and (Northern) Ireland (1925-present) and the Elim Pentecostal Church (1915-1995). There are also reel-to-reel tapes, books, letters, forms, photos and leaflets from the leaders of these two denominations, such as Donald Gee (1891-1966) himself, one of the main leaders in British AoG for the first half if the 20th Century. There are also sets of magazines from other streams of Pentecostal/Charismatic churches. Of particular interest to the global scene would be the collection on David Du Plessis (1905-87) who was active in promoting Pentecostalism in an ecumenical context.

Further significant holdings include much of the material belonging to the Fountain Trust (1964-80) founded by the Anglican Michael Harper (1931-2010) to support the Charismatic movement in the earlier years especially in the UK.

Copyrights: The copyright for the PMU materials are held by the Donald Gee Centre.
Copyrights for other materials are held by a number of other groups however, the 50 year rule means that much is out of copyright now.
Repository: Donald Gee Centre, c/o Mattersey Hall, Mattersey Nottinghamshire UK DN10 5HD, UK. dgarrard@matterseyhall.com

3. The Dr. Mattie McGlothen Library/Museum
253 Gertrude Ave., Richmond, CA 94801
The Dr. Mattie McGlothen Library/Museum is located in the McGlothen Temple Church of God in Christ Complex at 253 Gertrude Avenue, Richmond, California.  The Library/Museum was constructed in 1989 and houses books, video and audio cassette tapes, Whole Truth magazine and national souvenir journals, educational aids, an extensive pamphlet file of Church literature and programs, children’s reading material, and McGlothen Temple historical files. Additionally, it has on display trophies, plaques, photographs, artifacts and other memorabilia of Dr. McGlothen.  A major focus is women’s work in the Church of God in Christ.

The collection is primarily religious and includes Church of God in Christ histories, manuscripts, reference Bible dictionaries, concordances, encyclopedias, sermon preparation materials, pamphlets on how to write welcomes, resolutions, obituaries, etc. and annual conventions souvenir books and programs.  Also available are general reading non-fiction and fiction titles.

The large collection of video cassettes of local, state and national worship service can be viewed in the library.
Admission and use of materials are free.

The Library is open during all regular McGlothen Temple service hours and by appointment.  Information and referral services are available as well.

Emma Clark, Founder/Librarian
clarkemmaj@aol.com
(510) 529-0369 or 406-1138

4. The DuPree Holiness Pentecostal Center (DHPC)
The DuPree Holiness Pentecostal Center (DHPC) collection in Gainesville, Florida contains materials from 1906 to the present. Included are scholarly works as well as primary and secondary source materials that include articles, journalistic accounts, tracts, photographs, posters, obituaries, church literature, oral histories, media tapes, church periodicals, academic theses, and dissertations. The DHPC also has materials in the public domain from the pre-1970s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) files on Pentecostal church leaders and schools and records on arrests, lynchings, and reprisals.

All questions regarding copyrights, accessibility and permission for the published use of materials included here should be directed to Sherry DuPree at: rosewood1923@yahoo.com1-800-250-4645.

5. Evangelical Theological Seminary
The core of Evangelical Theological Seminary's (Visoko Evanđeosko Teološko Učilište, Osijek, Croatia; www.evtos.hr) archival collection is a small inherited collection, gathered by Mihael Kuzmic, PhD. This collection testifies to the beginnings and the development of the Pentecostal movement in Southeastern Europe, and it is composed of printed, textual documents and some 200 photographs that cover a period from the beginning of 1900's to the first decade of 2000's. Geographically it covers regions of former Yugoslavia (republics of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia.) Another part of ETS' collection are some 1000 photographs of Evangelical Theological Seminary and its students, and of local churches in former Yugoslavia. The collection is stored at the facilities of the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Osijek.

Rights: Visoko Evanđeosko Teološko Učilište. Evanđeoski Teološki Fakultet
Repository:
Evanđeoski teološki fakultet
Cvjetkova 32, PO Box 370, Osijek, Croatia, HR-31103
archival@evtos.hr
Ordering: by e-mail: archival@evtos.hr

6. Hollenweger Centre for Interdisciplinary Study of Pentecostalism and Charismatic Movements
http://www.godgeleerdheid.vu.nl/en/research/institutes-and-centres/hollenweger-centre/index.asp
The Faculty of Theology of Vrije Universiteit (Free University) participates with the Faculty of Social Sciences and Azusa Theological College in the Hollenweger Centre, which is named for Prof. Dr. Walter J. Hollenweger, a leading scholar of global Pentecostalism. The Centre offers resources for PhD students from The Netherlands as well as from abroad who want to dedicate their thesis to Pentecostalism in all its diversity.

The Pentecostalism book and periodical collections held by the Free University Library include some 3292 book titles and 74 titles of periodicals/serial works from the Hollenweger and Azusa collections. The collections have been catalogued and are accessible through the Vrije Universiteit catalog, the National Dutch catalog, and Worldcat. Traditionally, however, researchers and other users have had to visit the facility or request copies in order to make use of the materials. The aim of digitizing the material is to expand access to these important (historical) holdings. Digitization also enhances preservation of the material by reducing wear and tear on the originals for reference and reproduction and at the same time it will improve service by allowing more users to have access to the same material at the same time. The digitization program is focused primarily on relatively old and rare materials that are not already digitized or easily available elsewhere.

Hollenweger Center Director
Prof. Dr. Cornelis van der Laan
Faculty of Theology
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam

7. Ukrainian Evangelical Theological Seminary
The purpose of this archive is to publish source materials connected with history of the Pentecostal Movement. In terms of geography the archive embraces territory of the former Soviet Union in the second half of the 20th century. In terms of time given material embraces period from 1919 to 2009. The material is conditionally divided into four historic parts. There are pictures of the congresses and families which directly took part in spreading and formation of the Pentecostal Movement. It is also worth mentioning that there are periodical issues, records of meetings and congresses, doctrines of the Movement disclosing its social, theological and political features.

The first part is dated from 1919 to 1944 and is called “Formation and survival”. We can see birth and formation of the Pentecostal Movement on the territory of the former USSR took place over those years. This period is characterized as formation of the Pentecostal churches in the twenties of the 20th century. The thirties of the 20th century brought big problems with legal existence of churches. Underground life, arrests, reprisals of evangelical Christians was a usual thing in the thirties. In the forties, Soviet government was distracted from religious issues. It caused rebirth and strengthening of the Evangelical brotherhood in the Soviet Union. This period ends in 1944.

The second part embraces period from 1945 to 1970. It is called as “Period of confrontation”. This period is characterized by difficulties in relation between local churches and the State. The State meddles in church issues in a rude way, trying to govern communities. It led to division of the Pentecostal brotherhood.

The third part begins in 1971 and ends in 1989. It is called as “Dialogue”. This period is characterized as a search for dialogue between church and the State. The opportunity to have autonomy appears for the churches of the Pentecostal brotherhood.

The fourth part of the archive is dated from 1990 to 2009 and is called as “Freedom”. This period is characterized by Pentecostal church legalization by the State because freedom of religion came. It led to great growth of the churches and unions of the Pentecostal and charismatic movements.

In the archive, there also are articles, monographs and dissertations supporting views of the Movement as well as ones against its views. A rest of archive is antireligious posters, articles, periodical issues of the Soviet Republic. Material is very extensive and multifaceted. It will awake interest of historians, those who study religion, and all who are interested in this theme.

Rights: Library, Ukrainian Evangelical Theological Seminary.
Repository:
Library, Ukrainian Evangelical Theological Seminary
UETS, 57 Gamarnika St. Kiev-04075, Ukraine
Ordering: oleguets@ukr.net

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