Library & Archives
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 Muhammed, 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 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.