Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Ellul, Wyclif, and Zinzendorf at Wheaton

Some comments on existing holdings and new acquisitions here at Wheaton College...

I just found out today that a course on Jacques Ellul has been going on here at Wheaton this past semester, taught by Jeffrey Greenman of Biblical & Theological Studies and Noah Toly of Urban Studies. At the University of Chicago, Susan Schreiner is also in the midst of an Ellul seminar. For those who are interested, Wheaton holds the Jacques Ellul Papers in our special collections, which spans about 12 feet in the archives.

Also in our libraries, archives, and special collections is a large amount of backlog that we are working on whittling down... anyone with library experience is likely familiar with the adventure. Luckily my duties avoid wading through all of this, but the fruits of it do often come by my desk. Two multi-volume sets were recently pulled for cataloging, and those in the Wheaton community might want to take note.

The first is the 1966 Johnson reprint of the Wyclif Society's edition of Wyclif's Latin works (originally published 1883-1922). The set is in quite good shape. For those who are not in the area or at another institution with the holding, Wyclif's Latin works are gradually being digitized and transcribed elsewhere, and a number of pdfs are available through the Lollard Society (towards the bottom of the page).

Also found in the backlog is the Georg Olms 14 volume edition of Nicholas Ludwig von Zinzendorf's works. This set is an important acquisition, but a bit uneven; many of the volumes are facsimiles of older Gothic editions, while some have more recent typeset.


  1. Hello!

    How I as a romanian can read some Ellul books from Wheaton? Are they digitalized?

    Please write to andrei.ivan1[@]gmail.com.

    Thank you very much!


  2. Hello Andrei, thanks for your interest. Unfortunately, nothing in the Ellul collection has yet been digitized. You can, however, find a large amount of Ellul work online and in fulltext at Jesus Radicals.