Spring Friends of Burke Library Lecture on April 30th

(NEW YORK, April 16, 2009) The Friends of Burke Library are pleased to present Dale Irvin, President of NYTS, lecturing on "W. W. White and the Biblical Seminary in New York: Uncovering a Hidden Legacy." The event will take place on Thursday April 30 at 6pm at the Social Hall, Union Theological Seminary (3041 Broadway at 121st St) and is free and open to the public.


New York Theological Seminary's founder, Wilbert Webster White, was an innovative theological educator who was not afraid to buck the tide of conventional wisdom. He graduated from Yale in 1891 with a Ph. D. in Old Testament, having written his dissertation on Deutero-Isaiah, and then went to Moody Bible Institute where he taught and served as Associate Director for two years. By the time he was ready to start his own school in 1901 he had become convinced that neither the University nor the Bible Institute was able to provide the kind of leadership training that was needed for ministry in the churches. He was, he recalled years later, 'Clearly convinced that a reform was needed in theological education amounting practically to a revolution.'

The papers of W. W. White and the archives of the Biblical Seminary in New York (the name of the institution until 1966 when it became NYTS) are now housed in the Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary and are part of the Columbia University Libraries Collection.

For more information regarding this event or to attend, please respond to cul-events@columbia.edu. To view a listing of events, visit

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 10 million volumes, over 100,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 25 libraries and various academic technology centers. The Libraries employs more than 550 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries at www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb is the gateway to its services and resources.