Adventist Resources Section Pre-Session
Twenty-fourth Annual Conference
Association of Seventh-day Adventist Librarians
June 20, 2004
Walla Walla College
Peterson Memorial Library
Note: Many of the resource links on this page are extremely out-of-date therefore, they are no longer hyperlinked.
Five years ago today, at the ARS section at Montemorrelos, we looked at a list of Adventist Historical sites on the Web. At that time, according to my presentation notes, there was not a great deal of Adventist history on the World Wide Web. That has certainly changed. An Alta Vista search done May 12, 2004, using the terms Early Seventh-day Adventist Church History, resulted in 15,100 results. And that was using the Advanced search which requires all of the words to be present. A look through the results indicated that this search listed mainly histories of individual and local churches.
Naturally, the search needed to be refined. Using the “exact search” option and eliminating the term “early” resulted in a more manageable 45 hits. Using Google’s advanced, exact phrase, search and the same search terms, 182 hits resulted. Dropping out “church” elicited 320 hits in Google and 194 in Alta Vista.
The focus of my search has changed from five years ago. In 1999, I focused mainly on the history of Adventism and Millerism in the United States, using the search terms “Adventist,” “Millerite,” “Millerism,” “Seventh-day Adventist or SDA History,” and personal names of several of the early Adventist pioneers in addition to William Miller. As noted earlier, this year I limited my search to Seventh-day Adventist Church History and Seventh-day Adventist History, with a few side trips for other related topics.
In actuality, perusing the results of the searches wasn’t as structured as I expected. Instead, I found that choice of sites turned out to be somewhat eclectic. Furthermore, following the links on the chosen sites led to serendipitous discoveries.
Once again, the list of web sites presented today is only intended to be an overview of the types of Adventist history resources on the Web.
I’ve divided the web sites into the following main categories:
But first, a look at the 1999 list. Out of the 38 sites listed, seven no longer exist. They have been dropped from the revised list. Seven sites have changed their URL’s, which have been updated on the following. All of the anti-SDA sites are still active and at the same URL.
Adventist Historical Resources on the Web
June 16, 2004
- THE BIG FIVE
- Adventist Heritage Ministry/Adventist Historic Village
- Center for Adventist Research at Andrews (Photo search)
- E. G. White Estate (Photo search)
- General Conference – Office of Archives & Statistics
- Loma Linda University, Archives and Special Collections/Ellen G. White Estate Branch Office (Photo search)
- COLLEGE LIBRARIES – SPECIAL COLLECTIONS – INTERACTIVE
- La Sierra University Heritage Room
Description of holdings plus online document file index.
- Pacific Union College: Heritage Room
- Pacific Union College: Pitcarin Islands Study Center
Contains a bibliography of the collection and Pitcarin links.
- Walla Walla College Photo Project
Almost 6,000 photos relating to WWC, local camp meetings, and valley history, some films.
- COLLEGE LIBRARIES – SPECIAL COLLECTIONS – DESCRIPTIVE
- Atlantic Union College Library: Seventh-day Adventist Collection
New England Adventist Heritage Center
- Columbia Union College
Site covers library’s own history plus descriptions of several special collections
- Newbold Seventh-day Adventist Archive
Mundus: Gateway to missionary collections in the United Kingdom
- Oakwood Archives and Museum
- Southwestern Adventist University, E.G. White-SDA Research Center
- Research Collections: The Millerites & Early Adventists, 1840-1870
ProQuest site. Under “Product Detail,” there is a description of the microform collection on this topic, including a brief summary of Millerism and Adventism. The microform collection is held by a number of SDA libraries, including Peterson Memorial Library at Walla Walla College.
- Uncle Tom’s Cabin & American Culture
Christian Texts & Images
- Christian History Institute
Five documents & stories on site search
- American Political Prints: The Salamander Safe (From Harper’s)
- Apologetics Index: Religious cults & sects – Millerites
- Newspaper articles from Adventist Review & JAE
October Morn by Howard Krug, Adventist Review Online Edition (2002)
Ascension Robes & Other Millerite Fables by James Ehrlich, Journal of Adventist Education (1994)
- HISTORIC SDA SITES – IMAGES
- Michigan Historical Markers
- Find A Grave
Locates information on where people are buried, often includes image of cemetery and/or grave site. Oak Hill is included.
- Historical Society of Battle Creek
Includes picture of the Kellogg Sanitarium and biographical material on John Harvey Kellogg.
- HISTORIC SDA SITES – OFFICIAL & PERSONAL TOURS
- Battle Creek Road to Wellness Tour
- HISTORIC SDA SITES – PERSONAL TOURS
- Jay & Kendra’s Adventist Heritage Tour
- Historic Adventist Village (Church group tour?)
- INDIVIDUAL HISTORIES – MINISTRIES
- Review & Herald
- Adventist Health
- Message Magazine
- Christian Record Services
- Voice of Prophecy
- It Is Written
- Adventist Communication Network
- INDIVIDUAL HISTORIES – WORLD DIVISIONS AND CONFERENCES
- Bahamas Conference
- SDA Church in Canada
- Newfoundland Adventist Heritage
- SDA Church – South Pacific
Under Information/Our History
Also, info on E.G. White in South Pacific
- INDIVIDUAL HISTORIES – NAD CONFERENCES
- Columbia Union Conference
Union and local conference brief histories
- Lake Union Conference
Describes history of the audio tape set called Pathways of the Pioneers. An SDA history series for children.
- Oklahoma Conference
- FULL OR PARTIAL TEXT RESOURCES
- Adventist Pioneer Library
Gallery of photos and short biographies of early Adventist pioneers
- American Memory
Historical Collections for the National Digital Library project (USA).
- Making of America (MOA)
A major collaborative endeavor to preserve and make accessible through digital technology a significant body of primary sources related to the development of the U.S. Materials are drawn from the library collections at the University of Michigan and Cornell University.
- Smith, Uriah. The United States in the light of prophecy … Rev. 13:11-17…
- Smith, Uriah. The sanctuary and the twenty-three hundred days of Daniel VII,14.
- White, Ellen. The spirit of prophecy, volumes 1-3.
- White, James. Life incidents, in connection with the great Advent movement…
- White, James. Sketches of the Christian life and public labors of William Miller…
- Clarence L. Thomas IV’s Home Page
- Smith, Uriah. Modern Spiritualism
- Smith, Uriah. The Prophecies of Daniel and the Revelation
- Snow, Charles Miles Snow. On the Throne of Sin
- Seventh-day Adventist Periodical and Obituary Index
Guides to articles and obituaries in SDA periodicals.
- University of Michigan Historical Center for the Health Sciences: Source Link
Index includes references to archival collections on Battle Creek Sanitarium, Battle Creek College, and John Harvey Kellogg.
- CONTROVERSIAL LITERATURE
- The Ellen G. White Research Project
This site looks so legitimate that it is misleading at first. However, it contains materials critical of Ellen White and the church. It seems to be maintained by ex-SDA’s. The Spanish version is a computer translation of the English.
- Ballenger, Albion F. Cast out for the Cross of Christ
- Cainright, D. M. Seventh-day Adventism Renounced
Chapter-by-chapter full-text of the work.
- Jones, A. T. Some History Some Experience and Some Facts, 1906.
The URL for this site proclaims it as ex-SDA. In addition to the full-text statement listed above, this site includes a number of other works critical of Ellen White, the SDA Church, and William Miller.
- Present Truth Articles by E. J. Waggoner and A. T. Jones
The URL for this site proclaims it as a Shepherds-Rod site. Includes text of articles.
- OTHER ENGLISH LANGUAGE SITES
- Great American Quacks: The Museum of Questionable Medical Devices
Contains an entry on Dr. John Harvey Kellogg who is listed even though “he was not a true quack” because “he engaged in questionable medical procedures such as flectherizing, electropathy, and radium cures.”
- The Religious Movements homepage
From the main page, choose Religious Group Profiles, choose “s” in the alphabetical list, then choose Seventh-day Adventists. Contains photos of William Miller, Ellen G. White, James White, and Joseph Bates. Pictures are courtesy of the Adventist Pioneer Library. Gives brief history of the church and the Millerite and additional web links.