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CRCC Pentecostal and Charismatic Research Initiative

Pentecostal and Charismatic Research Archive

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At different times and in different parts of the world, Pentecostal and charismatic expressions of Christianity have followed very different courses of development. A fuller contemporary account of these movements is possible if it is grounded in a better historical understanding of the variations from one time and place to another. The Pentecostal and Charismatic Research Initiative is working with the USC Digital Library to address this challenge in two ways. The first approach is to use public sources of information, principally library catalogs, to create a global inventory of published resources—including books, articles, journalistic accounts, and academic theses and dissertations—that address Pentecostal and charismatic subjects. The second approach is to build an online digital archive of primary historical materials—correspondence, organizational records, tracts, sermons, diaries, photographs, oral histories— from different regions of the world. In order to build this resource, PCRI is providing funding to selected seminary and university libraries so that they can digitize and catalog the most important materials from their collections. When completed, this “collection of collections,” referred to as the Pentecostal and Charismatic Research Archive (PCRA), will be freely available on the USC Digital Library website.

Coordinators for this project include Jon Miller of CRCC and Deborah Holmes-Wong and Matt Gainer of the USC Digital Library. Participating libraries to date include:

  • The Ukrainian Evangelical Theological Seminary in Kiev, which has documentary materials relating to the development of Pentecostal and charismatic Christianity in Ukraine and the former Soviet Union
  • The Donald Gee Centre at Mattersey Hall in England, repository for rich materials concerning religious developments in the UK.
  • The Evangelical Theological Seminary in Osijek, Croatia, whose historical collections cover much of the region defined by the former Yugoslavia.
  • The Hollenweger Center at the Free University in Amsterdam, which houses the very extensive collection of materials assembled by Pentecostal historian Walter Hollenweger.
  • The D.J. Young Heritage Foundation in Kansas City, Kansas. Established in 2008, the collection aims to advance the Holiness-Pentecostal tradition through preservation of heritage documents and other artifacts of the Church of God in Christ.
  • The Dr. Mattie McGlothen Library and Museum. Located in the McGlothen Temple Church of God in Christ complex in Richmond, California, the major focus of the collection is women’s work in the Church of God in Christ.
  • The DuPree Holiness and Pentecostal Center in Gainesville, Florida, a collection that contains scholarly works as well as primary and secondary source materials that include articles, journalistic accounts, tracts, photographs, church literatures, church periodicals, academic theses and more from 1906 to the present.