Summer Intern Archives Project: Answering Your Common Questions About Archives

Summer intern Anne-Louise Monn processes congregational records from Upper Susquehanna Synod.

Recently the Seminary and Region 8 Archives hosted an intern for the 2018 summer. Anne-Louise Monn is a graduate student in the Applied History program has Shippensburg University and has a strong interest in local church history.

One of Anne-Louise’s projects was to strengthen the presence of the Region 8 Archives by creating a series of blog posts answering the most common questions about the Archives and archival practice. The goal of the project is to spread awareness about archives and specifically the Region 8 Archives, which many people outside the Seminary community do not know exist.

Some questions that Anne-Louise will answer include:

  • What’s an archives?
  • Why are archives important?
  • What types of materials do the Region 8 Archives hold?
  • How do patrons use an archives?
  • How can I maintain my own small archives if I’m a congregation?
  • What should be saved for the archives?
  • Can I donate materials to the Region 8 Archives?
  • Should I microfilm or digitize my records if I’m a congregation?

The staff at the Archives hope that this series will answer some of the common questions we receive from congregations and patrons as well as provide the community with some insight into what the archives does.

The blog posts will be posted weekly through August and September. We encourage you to follow along and share the blog posts on Facebook to help us spread the word!


Lutheran Historical Society of Lancaster Visits the Seminary Archives

Last week the Wentz Branch and Seminary Archives had some visitors from the Lutheran Historical Society of Lancaster.

Archivist Sheila Joy pulled a variety of treasures from the archives for the group to browse:

  • 1730-1813 Parish Register from Trinity Lutheran Church, New Holland, PA (Lancaster County)
  • Correspondence and photographs from Stewart Winfield  Herman Jr., Lutheran pastor who spent time in Europe during WWII
  • 19th century sketchbook of Charleston artist Francis C. Hill with drawings of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Papers from the Samuel Simon Schmucker Collection, founder of Gettysburg Seminary
  • Photographs frp, Martin Luther King Sr.’s visit to Seminary in 1969. Audio recordings of his talks may be streamed online here

Library Director Evan Boyd created an exhibit of early printed books and pamphlets from Lancaster County dating from 1743-1805.

Have a browse through the photo slide show below!

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Want to learn more about Seminary history or schedule a visit to the archives? Please check out our holdings on our website or contact Seminary Archivist Sheila Joy by email at

Your End of Semester Library Questions Answered

It’s almost time for the semester to end and you might be wondering what to do about the library and all the books you’ve borrowed. You still have papers to write and still need the books but when will they be due?

Other questions you might be having are…

  • How many books do you have?
  • Can I borrow books during the summer?
  • Can I renew my books?

Here are a few things you might want to know.

Current Students

  • The due date for most items taken from the library is May 15, 2018. If you are not sure what you have out, please contact the library and we can send you a printout of items charged to you. You can renew them once by going online, calling the circulation desk or coming into the library. After the first renewal, you need to bring all the books to the library.  If you want them again we can charge them back out to you.
  • Please come to the library so we can get updated information if you want to borrow items over the summer. We will need to extend your library expiration date.
  • If you have fines, they must be paid before the end of the semester. You cannot take any more books until the fines have been paid.
  • Ask about borrowing books if you are not on campus. If you are more than 30 miles away from either campus, you can request books be sent to you.  We will show you where the form is and how to fill it out.
  • If you are going to visit a Library in the SEPTLA consortium, you will need a SEPTLA Direct Borrowing Certificate. We can show you which libraries participate and where they are located. Usually the forms are good for 6 months but the library you visit will tell you their policy. You need a form for each school visited.  Remember to take your ULS ID card.
  • As a reminder, you will be able to access ATLA/ATLAS if you are off campus. To sign in use your ULS email username and password.
  • You will still be able to request books via ILL. Books requested must be picked up and returned to the library in Philadelphia or Gettysburg.  ILL requests will not be mailed.


  • If you are a senior and are graduating, you will need to bring in your Graduation Release Form. On the form will be several places on campus you need to go and have signatures. The library staff will sign your form if all your books are returned and you have paid any outstanding fines or fees. If you still need books to finish a paper, the form will reflect that and that you promise to return the books as soon as possible.
  • As a graduate your library privileges will change. We will need to update your library account, so you can continue to borrow books.  Several changes will be the number of books you can take and for how long you can have them.  As a student you had a limit of 50 items and they were due at the end of the semester. As an Alumni/ae you have a limit of 5 books and they are due 4 weeks after you take them out.
  • We will also need to update your library account with your personal information. If you are moving, we will need your new address, phone number and email address.

We hope this helped answer your questions, but if you have more, please contact one of our public service assistants:

Cody Swisher in Gettysburg at


Sharon Baker in Philadelphia at

It has been a great year and we are looking forward to helping you next semester.  If you are graduating, best wishes. Come back and visit us soon.

Cluster and Interlibrary Loans: What They Are and How to Use Them

Looking for a book but can’t find it or it isn’t on your campus? We can normally get it for you.

In this FAQ you’ll learn:

  • what the difference between a Cluster loan and an Interlibrary Loan are
  • where to find them on the library website
  • how to fill out our online request forms

Continue reading Cluster and Interlibrary Loans: What They Are and How to Use Them

ULS Libary Online Databases 101

It’s time for another Library FAQ!

The A.R. Wentz and Krauth Memorial Libraries at ULS provide access a significant number of online databases that offer journal articles in full text or as index entries.

The two largest databases that the library provides access to are:

  • ATLA Religion Database with ATLA Serials– offering articles from over 2,200 different journals
  • Academic Search Complete– offering access to full text articles from 8,918 journals and index entries from over 17,000 journals.


To access these databases and the many others we offer, navigate to the library’s full web page at:

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Once you’ve reached the library’s full website select the Databases A to Z link on the right-hand side.


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Once you’ve reached the A to Z Database List you can search for a database using either the alphabet buttons at the top of the listing to restrict the results to databases starting with the same letter or use the quick search box on the right-hand side to search for a specific database.

Got a library question you want answered?

Leave a comment below and we’ll do our best to address it!

You may also contact one of our public service assistants:

Cody Swisher in Gettysburg-


Sharon Baker in Philadelphia-

Pop Quiz: Where Was Gettyburg’s Library before 1947?

It’s National Library Week! Let’s celebrate with a little history pop quiz!

The A.R. Wentz Library was built in 1947, but do you know where the Seminary Library was located before that?

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To answer that question, we had to do some digging into Seminary history.  Our answer requires a brief timeline of events to explain our findings.

1826: Gettysburg Seminary and library are founded. The library was located in the Adams County Academy on the corner of High and South Washington Streets, as the Seminary did not move to Seminary Ridge a.k.a. “The Hill” until 1832.

The first Seminary building after relocating in 1832. It contained two lecture rooms, a room for the library, an assembly room, and a dormitory for students.

1832-1895: The Seminary and library are moved to The Hill in a brand new structure (now known as “Old Dorm.”) It contained two lecture rooms, a room for the library, an assembly room, and a dormitory for the 20 students in attendance at the time.

1895: The library is moved from the Old Dorm into the newly constructed administration building (now Valentine Hall.) The photographs in this blog post were produced during this time period.

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1947-2017: The A.R. Wentz Library is erected and serves as the Lutheran Theological Seminary (LTSG) at Gettysburg library.

2017-present: LTSG unites with Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia to form United Lutheran Seminary (ULS). The Wentz Branch joins Krauth branch of Philadelphia  to become “Branches United.”

How’d you do on this little Seminary history pop quiz? If you want to learn more about Seminary history, contact Archivist Sheila Joy via email at