The Circulating and Archival Collections
The Library and Archives of the Center for Swedenborgian Studies is located on the campus of the Pacific School of Religion in Holbrook Hall (across the street from the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) Library and two blocks north of the UC Berkeley Campus). It contains a wealth of materials for research and scholarship in all areas of Swedenborgian studies. In addition to the complete works of Emanuel Swedenborg in all translations and editions, one can explore works by and about authors, artists and thinkers influenced by Swedenborg and Swedenborgian thought via monographs, pamphlets, Swedenborgian periodicals, and current secondary research materials on subjects related to Swedenborgian thought. The Center published Studia Swedenborgiana, a print journal, from 1974-2006 and an occasional online journal since 2006. You may search back issues of the journal here.
It’s 26,000 item collection features indexed notebooks containing over 200 original items of correspondence to a prominent nineteenth-century intellectual sometimes called George I: George Bush (1796-1859), great granduncle of George Herbert Bush and great, great granduncle of George Walker Bush, the 41st and 43rd Presidents of the United States. A foremost American scholar of Semitic cultures, Bush wrote the first American book-length study of Islamic founding prophet Mohammed, produced well-received commentaries on several Old Testament books, was professor of Oriental Languages at New York University, and was a foremost champion of the New Christianity of Swedenborg via numerous books and articles.
Scholarly research acquisitions are pursued for a wide range of subjects that involve Swedenborg. Art objects and archival materials pertaining to organizations and prominent participants in the history of Swedenborgianism are preserved in the collection, and the rare books section holds many first editions of Swedenborg’s works and valuable collateral materials.
Additional archival materials of note include a large traveling trunk of Henry James, Sr., with his collection of Swedenborg’s works annotated in his own hand, and a pair of oil desk lamps once adorning Swedenborg’s writing desk in Stockholm. All books and monographs have been added to GRACE, the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) Library’s online library catalog.
The library’s collection of monographs, pamphlets and periodicals is cataloged in the Library of Congress classification system, and in searchable in GRACE. Our in-Library card catalog provides access to the library and archival materials until they are added to the GTU’s online catalog. To locate CSS materials in the GTU Library’s online catalog, search GRACE by author, title, subject or keyword. When search results display, click on the link for the material you are searching for, and look for “SHS” as the location of the item. If you need help searching the online catalog, please contact the GTU reference librarians for more information or contact the CSS staff.
The Swedenborgian Library and Archives is open for researchers by appointment. If you have questions or would like to make an appointment to visit the library please call the Center for Swedenborgian Studies at 510-849-8228 to arrange your visit.