Collection Development Policy
Priority Areas of Collection
The Archives and Special Collections of Fuller Theological Seminary exists to preserve the memory and to document the ongoing legacy of the broad, interdenominational evangelical milieu in which the seminary was born, and within which it continues to play a leading role, as well as religious dimensions of its context around the world.
• Fuller Theological Seminary Collections
Our first priority is with our institution. We seek to create a space within which we would gather materials which have made the seminary run. Each department has it's own space- and there's room for the materials to grow.
• The David du Plessis Archives
Existing Collection Strengths: The special collections of the David J. du Plessis Archives, founded in 1985. The Du Plessis Archives has acquired an extensive range of collections related to the international Holiness, Pentecostal and Charismatic movements (with a focus on the ecumenical currents within it) and the Third-Wave (River) Churches. These include the papers (and often recordings) of David J. du Plessis, Josef Mattsson-Bozé, Anthony DeGregorio, Frances Ure, Lee Roy Erickson, Rick Willans and Jean Stone Willans, D. W. Faupel, Brad Parks, and the official records of the Society for Pentecostal Studies and the Wesleyan Theological Society. Among the Holiness archival collections are those of Donald W. Dayton, William Kostlevy and Charles Edwin Jones, as well as the smaller collections of leaders of the Charismatic Movement such as Lutheran Harald Bredesen, Roman Catholic Ralph Rath and American Baptist Gary Clark, as well as the Pentecostal collections of Patricia Pickard and V. Alex Bills. There is extensive documentation on the Third Wave or River Churches.
• Special Collections
Existing Collection Strengths: The personal library (published printed materials) of Gipsy Smith, the hymnal collection developed by Robert Mitchell, and the personal libraries, including those James Melvin Washington, Donald W. Dayton, V. Alex Bills, William Kostlevy, James DeWeerd, David Allan Hubbard, Louis Evans Jr. and Lloyd John Ogilvie as well as research collections on Soren Kierkegaard.
• Pacific Rim Collections, with an emphasis on Southern California
Existing Collection Strengths: The Philip Shen Collection, Elga Montero Collection, Agustin Rivera Collection, Gonzalez Vijil Collection. These are supported by collections of material in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and Spanish that are accessible through the catalogue of the David Allan Hubbard Library.
Current Collecting Focuses: Collections that document the interaction of religion and culture and the relationships between religious traditions around the Pacific Rim. Several of the collections assigned to other categories could be understood in this category.
• American and World Christianity, with an emphasis on “Evangelical” Groups
Existing Collection Strengths: The collections of bibliographer and historian Charles E. Jones, the papers and recordings of Lloyd John Ogilvie, the Country Church of Hollywood Collection, the papers of author Margaret T. Applegarth, the Paul Dayhoff Collection documenting Nazarene mission in southern Africa, the Floyd Perkins Collection documenting mission history in southern Africa, the recording collection of William Roberts, the Lundquist Collections, the Duane Pederson and Jesus People of Hollywood Collection and related Jesus People collections, as well as the diaries of William L. Troyer and the M. Scott Peck Collection.
• Archival Collections on Microfiche and Microfilm
Existing Collection Strengths: The David Allan Hubbard Library supports the preservation of archival collections deemed to be at risk or which have scholarly value in the context of ongoing research at Fuller Theological Seminary. Among these collections are the Pandita Ramabai Collection, the John R. Rice Collection, as well as the collections of Francis Wayland, George Washington Truett, A.T. Robertson Papers, Lyman Stewart, Amzi Clarence Dixon, John Richard Sampey, Louis Sylvester Bauman, Edgar Young Mullins, Gypsy Smith, and Billy Sunday.
• Archived Periodicals
Existing Collection Strengths: serial publications related to collecting areas above or which are in need of special care and protection. These include Pentecostal and Charismatic periodicals collected by David du Plessis primarily in English, Dutch and Afrikaans; the publication of the Metropolitan Church Association, Burning Bush; the Hollywood Free Paper; Broderbandet, Constitución (Peru) and many other titles. These are accessible through the catalogue of the David Allan Hubbard Library.
Current Collecting Focuses: the publications of the Holiness, Pentecostal, Charismatic, Jesus People and third wave movements, periodicals in Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Spanish, especially those that are rare or under-collected.
• Contribution to Scholarship in Focus Areas
Over the years the Library has built collections of manuscripts, rare books, films, photographs, sound recordings, and other formats in a number of particular areas. These areas have been chosen in consultation with faculty and other specialists and in response to various opportunities. Many of them continue to be focuses for targeted collecting; Library collectors seek materials according to these guidelines, aiming to build broad and deep accumulations in focus areas that will provide for extended work by researchers from Fuller Theological Seminary and elsewhere.
• Preservation and Security of Materials Outside Focus Areas
Acquisitions that do not fall into existing collecting areas sometimes are made in anticipation of new emphases. In addition to scholarly research value, collectors sometimes also take into account items' exhibit and/or outreach potential.
The David Allan Hubbard Library accepts transfers of materials from other institutions that require the special protection and care that Special Collections can provide. Qualities considered in such transfers include scholarly significance, fragility, age, artifactual aesthetics, association values, and market value. These materials may be accepted regardless of whether the subject area(s) represented are ones targeted by the Library as collecting emphases.
Collecting responsibilities belong to members of Archives and Special Collections section of the David Allan Hubbard Library as well as to the leadership of the David Allan Hubbard Library. Resource specialists elsewhere within the Library and faculty members are often consulted in the acquisitions process. The Associate Provost for Library and Information Technology and Archivist are responsible for the general supervision and coordination of collection development activities.
- Acquisitions Made Through Gifts
Donation is the preferred mode of acquisition for the Archives and Special Collections section of the David Allan Hubbard Library, which solicits gifts of materials from individuals and organizations. Fuller alumni, faculty members, and other members of the Seminary community provide assistance in identifying potential donors. Decisions about collecting are made by the Associate Provost for Library and Information Technology and Archivist.
The library typically requires an executed gift agreement or alternate instrument of acknowledgement transferring ownership to the library. Loans of materials are generally not accepted, but in special circumstances materials may be accepted on deposit, pending transfer of ownership to the library. Deposited materials receive the environmental and security protections accorded to all David Allan Hubbard archives and special collections, but may receive a minimal level of processing. The library will accept no collections permanently closed to users. The Library encourages unrestricted gifts, but will accept collections carrying user restrictions of a reasonable duration.
- Acquisitions Made Through Purchase
When materials are not available through gifts, acquisitions are made through the purchase of items selected from dealer catalogs or other dealer offers, by way of auctions, and from private individuals or organizations. Decisions about collecting are made by the Associate Provost for Library and Information Technology and Archivist. Purchases are funded by endowment income, gifts, grants, and library appropriations.
- Collection Modifiers
The Archives and Special Collections of the David Allan Hubbard Library places no overall geographical, linguistic, or chronological limitations on the scope of materials to be collected. No particular formats or media are excluded, although the library does not seek to acquire objects better suited for museum collections. Such memorabilia may, however, be accepted as part of larger collections, if useful for exhibition or instructional purposes.
- Relationship with other Repositories, Cooperative Agreements, and Related Collections
The Archives and Special Collections of the David Allan Hubbard Library chooses its collecting areas with an awareness of collecting activities of other U.S. repositories, especially those on the West Coast. In making acquisitions, the library generally seeks to avoid dividing collections among institutions. The Archives and Special Collections of the David Allan Hubbard Library does not currently have official collection agreements with other institutions. It is part of the Digital Pentecostal Archives Initiative, a cooperative project of institutions around the world with significant holdings in Pentecostalism.