Loma Linda Sanitarium, Circa 1905
The Department of Archives and Special Collection will have a photograph exhibit on display at this year’s ninth annual History Fair. Be sure to stop by on Sunday, November 17, between 2 pm and 5 pm at the Senior Center (located at 25541 Barton Road, behind City Hall). The exhibit, The Story of Loma Linda, will showcase photographs from the Loma Linda Sanitarium. Please stop by and meet the department.
Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner, staff thought this menu from the Loma Linda Sanitarium, circa 1914, was fitting to post. Thanksgiving is a day intended to remind us of the blessings of God. People celebrate with food and family togetherness. What do you plan to serve this Thanksgiving and what are you most Thankful for?
Menu, Circa 1914 from Loma Linda Sanitarium
The White Estate is proud to introduce this upcoming book that brings together hundreds of articles that describe the people and events in the life of Ellen White. This is the ultimate resource for anything related to Ellen White. This book gives readers an understanding on her views and numerous topics relating to her. Everything from the hymns she loved to the ministry of healing, are covered in this book. You’ll find a detailed account of her life and encompassing articles on her ministry, her theology, and her statements in the light of advancing scientific knowledge. The book is expected to be released early 2014.
The 2013 Spirit of Prophecy/Heritage Day Sermon and related materials are now posted on the White Estate home website. Be sure to check them out, as well as other White Estate materials.
Spirit of Prophecy Day / Heritage Sabbath
Providing long-term and ease of access to records is one of our goals here at the Department of Archives and Special Collections. Did you know that digital records can be accessed from your home? Also a digital record gives you the ability to easily find only relevant information through key terms and subjects, opposed to searching a large cumbersome box for one piece of paper!
An early membership record and correspondence
Lastly (and my personal favorite) having a digital record aids in preserving the integrity of the original record. Papers that are brittle and acid burned can now be handled worry free – without looming glares and the infamous “white cotton gloves” from the reading room assistant on hand.
One item of particular interest is the Merced Seventh-day Adventist Church Collection. The collection consists of early membership records, church clerk reports, quarterly reports and official papers dating 1907 to 1988. Through keyword searching, you can search for long lost relatives, chart the growth of churches, follow families as they move across the state, and country. In May 1907, Ellen G. White spoke at the California-Nevada Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, held in the Merced, California area, and later writes about the only two Sabbath keeping families in Merced, one of which “lived some miles out of the city”
An excerpt from E.G. White
These papers bestow the researcher a fascinating look into the history and inner workings of a church AND provide a sigh of relief to the assistant!
Visit http://archives.llu.edu to see our digital archive!
 White, Ellen G. “Notes of Travel No. 7 – Merced Camp Meeting.” Review and Herald 37th ser. 84 (1907): 9. Print.
The Messenger of Truth
Director, Theodore Levterov, of the Ellen G. White branch office at Loma Linda University, just published a fascinating article in Adventist World magazine. His article, The Messenger of Truth: The First Anti-Sabbatarian Periodical and Its Aftermath, discusses a rare periodical (The Messenger) and its noteworthiness being the first known publication against the Sabbatarians (later Seventh-day Adventists) and Ellen G. White’s prophetic claims.
Kudos to Dr. Levterov for such an interesting editorial!
Click here to read the editorial
Pulpit from Campus Hill Church
On permanent display here at the Heritage Room is this solid pine wood pulpit from Campus Hill Church. The pulpit was added to our collection when the “Chapel” (as called by the early pioneer members) was town down in 1938. Many of the fixtures, such as windows and doors, were incorporated into homes built in Loma Linda. Ellen White spoke from this pulpit in April 1911 at the age of 83.
Have you ever heard of a Magic Lantern? The magic lantern is the forerunner of the modern slide projector. The first magic lantern was developed in the 17th century. The ones pictured here are early 20th century. There has been some debate about who the original inventor of the magic lantern is. The magic lantern has a bowl-shaped mirror in front of a light source that gathers light and projects it through a glass slide with an image scanned onto it. The light rays cross an “aperture” (which is an opening at the front of the apparatus), and hit a lens. The lens throws an enlarged picture of the original image from the slide onto a screen. The Department of Archives and Special Collections has a glass slide projector and more than 30,000 glass slides used by early Adventist evangelists in addition to those used by early Loma Linda University faculty. After the closure of the American Medical Missionary College in 1910, the Loma Linda board decided to purchase the medial slides from Battle Creek Sanitarium and add them to the existing collection.
Ellen G White, circa 1878
Several years ago the Ellen G. White Estate has began a project of preparing several volumes of annotations (or providing context) for Ellen G. White’s letters and manuscripts. Initially, the task was assigned to Dr. Roland Karlman, based at Newbold College in England, who has been working on the first volume for several years. The task has proven to be, however, much larger and time consuming than expected. Nevertheless, the first volume is expected to come out of the press sometime this year (2013). Since Dr. Karlman has announced his retirement at the end of 2012, Stan Hickerson, a Seventh-day Adventist pastor of the Stevensville Church in Michigan and a researcher in Adventist history, has been named to replace Karlman and continue the annotation project. Hickerson has begun officially his new responsibilities in January 2013. His office is located at the Center for Adventist Research, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan. We wish him and the annotation team success as they continue working on this important project.
One of our ongoing projects here at the Heritage Research Center is the digitization of Prophetic Charts. A Prophetic Chart explains the fulfilled and unfulfilled prophecies of Daniel, Revelation and Matthew 24. Below is an example of a few of the charts from the Review and Herald series drawn by R. Eldride, dated 1941.
Prophetic Charts from The Review and Herald