Select Holdings

While the Pitts Library collects across a great number of topics in theology and religious studies, the library also identifies several select holdings focused on certain exclusive topics.

Richard C. Kessler Reformation Collection
The Kessler Collection focuses on the works of Martin Luther (1483-1546), his colleagues, and opponents, which were printed during their lifetimes and aims to gather materials to give historians and theologians the opportunity to hear the full range of voices that were raised in this dynamic period.

English Religious History Collection
The English Religious History Collection is a body of over 35,000 items that date from 1660 until 1920 and illuminates the various religious currents in England, Scotland, and Wales during this period. Holdings are particularly strong for Anglicanism, English Catholicism, and Methodism.

Wesleyana Collection
The strength of the Wesleyana Collection at Pitts is the quantity of materials from the prolific Wesley brothers and their associates and the collection of corresponding materials that establish the broader context of Methodism within English religious history.

English and American Hymnody and Psalmody Collection
The English and American Hymnody and Psalmody Collection is about 15,000 print and microfilm items that range in date from the 16th through the 20th century.

Sub-Saharan African Collection
The Sub-Saharan African Collection at Pitts contains an extensive number of books, pamphlets, periodicals, postcards, and manuscript collections which document the history as well as social and cultural aspects of religious institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Reverend Gordon Taylor Collection of Church Histories
The Reverend Gordon Taylor Collection of Church Histories consists of more than 10,000 short works on English churches, monasteries, and cathedrals published from the early nineteenth century to the present.

North European Theological Dissertations
The North European Theological Dissertations collection contains about 11,000 titles that range in date from the 16th century through the early 20th century and document the course of theological scholarship in northern Europe.

Richard K. Goldstein and Rabbi David Geffen Haggadah Collections
Haggadah or "telling" fulfills the commandment that each Jewish family teach their children the story about the Jewish deliverance from slavery in Egypt, an event which has become the paradigmatic symbol of liberation from oppression. With over 600 titles, the two collections combine to form one of the largest collection of Haggadoth in the South.

John August Swanson Papers and Artwork
This collection contains the papers of the artist John August Swanson as well as many pieces of his artwork that span his career. Color proofs, drawings, and serigraph stencils in the collection demonstrate the artist's processes.

Thomas Merton Collection
The Thomas Merton Collection consists of more than 200 early editions and translations of the works of the Trappist monk, Thomas Merton, as well as digital copies of most of Merton's working notebooks.

Father Thomas Keating Collection
The Father Thomas Keating Collection comprises of the recorded discussions of Father Thomas Keating as well as the records of his organization, Contemplative Outreach. The collection comprises of forty-three cubic feet of material and focuses on the areas of centering prayer and contemplative exercise broadly.

Pastoral Care and Counseling Collections
Pitts Theology Library has become a center for archives and manuscripts related to pastoral care and counseling. This includes papers of indivuals within the discipline as well as archives for key organizations.