Welcome to the Gordon College Archives, a rich resource celebrating the history and development of Gordon College. The Archives is a repository of institutional records and historic materials relating to the College and people who have populated its history. A part of the Jenks Library, the Archives houses unique, delicate and often irreplaceable materials from College history. Because of the nature of these materials, access to these materials are governed by special policies described on the Visiting the Archives page.
The Gordon College Archives identifies, acquires, preserves and makes available materials that document the programs, people and operations of the College.
|HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE ARCHIVES|
A. J. Gordon
Many of the original works of A. J. Gordon are located in the Archives of Jenks Library at Gordon College. These books, hymns, and sermons are being scanned and made available online through the work of the A. J. Gordon Heritage Project. The project also includes writings about A. J. Gordon.
The Gordon College Archives include the records of Barrington College, which merged with Gordon in 1985. The collection documents the founding, early life and general history of Barrington College. Founded in 1900 as a Bible training institute, the school's campus settled at locations throughout Massachusetts before moving to Providence, RI. The school eventually expanded to nearby Barrington, RI, in 1950. While preserving its Christian heritage and faith-informed academic programs, Barrington became a liberal arts college before merging with Gordon College in 1985. The collection contains 1948-1959 issues of The P-Bee, the student newspaper of the Providence-Barrington Bible College, information pertaining to The Mountain Top Hour, the oldest continuous religious radio broadcast in New England, Barrington promotional materials, news clippings, photographs and other memorabilia.
Clarendon Street Baptist Church of Boston
Collection includes records and memorabilia of the Clarendon Street Baptist Church, which is an historic landmark of the Boston South End historic district. From its origins at Federal and Rowe Street locations to its move to the Clarendon Street location in 1868 through the pastorate of Gordon College founder, A. J. Gordon (1869-1895) to the conclusion of the church’s ministry in November 1985, the collection contains records of several of the church’s ministry programs including the Women’s American Baptist Foreign Missionary Society, Chinese Sunday School, and the Blind Asylum, a forerunner to the Perkins School for the Blind. It also includes miscellaneous issues of the church newsletter, The Clarendon Light, and various photographs of these ministries.
Robert Boston Dokes (1904–1986): African American Army Chaplain
Collection of photographs, correspondence, documents, newspaper clippings, and other materials related to Rev. Robert Dokes, African-American, World War II Army chaplain, Baptist minister, and 1930 alumnus of Gordon College of Theology. In 1940, Rev. Dokes founded Second Baptist Church of Paterson, NJ, and served there as pastor until 1941 when he was commissioned as one of the first African-American Army chaplains. Rev. Dokes resumed his ministry at Second Baptist in 1946.
Primary materials and biographical information related to significant women in Gordon College history including faculty, alumnae, staff, donors etc.
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The collection includes an excellent set of original photographs of the famed evangelist, memorabilia from Graham's Northeast Crusades, Boston newspaper clippings from Graham’s sold-out 1950 Boston Crusade, several copies of "New York Crusade News," and documentation of Graham's ten years of service on the Gordon College Board of Trustees. The collection also includes audiotapes and manuscripts of Rev. Graham's address, "Gordon College in a Revolutionary Age," given at the 1969 inauguration of Dr. Harold John Ockenga, Gordon College and Divinity School president, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary president, 1970-1979.
Ken Olsen, Founder of Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) and Gordon College Trustee
This collection includes personal and professional correspondence and articles related to Ken Olsen, founder of Digital Equipment Corporation, Gordon Trustee, 1961-1993, and lead donor for Gordon College’s Ken Olsen Science Center, on which construction began in 2006. Additional materials from Mr. Olsen’s engineering archives are housed in the Ken Olsen Science Center.
Tom Phillips/Raytheon Company
The Tom Phillips/Raytheon archives span his 42-year career with the company, and include a collection of photographs (featuring pictures with five United States presidents), videos, speeches, letters, articles, copies of his eleven honorary degrees, an original Amana microwave, a model of the Hawk missile and relevant publications from his career at Raytheon.
Arthur Tappan Pierson (1837-1911): Gordon College President, Presbyterian Minister, and Foreign Missions Advocate
This collection contains biographical materials and articles related to A.T. Pierson, ministerial friend and confidant of A. J. Gordon who succeeded Gordon as president of Gordon Missionary Training School in 1895. Articles by Pierson, including several from Watchword and Truth, personal correspondence, and references to other Pierson scholars, collections and research are also included.
Prince Family and Prince Family Estate
Collection includes biographical information and obituaries of stockbroker and investment banker, Frederick Prince (1859-1953), as well as original photographs of Prince and family. Real estate information pertaining to his Newport, RI, estate, Gordon College's purchase of the Prince's Wenham, MA, estate in 1953, as well as the Prince family connections on Boston's North Shore is included. The collection also contains several items of genealogical importance for the Prince family, including documentation of military service of Frederick's son, Norman Prince, founder of the Lafayette Escadrille, an American unit of volunteer fighter pilots in France during World War I.
Frank Alden Tobey (1903-1977): US Army Chief of Chaplains
Collection contains sermons, prayers, addresses, articles, portraits and memorabilia donated by the family of Rev. Dr. Frank Alden Tobey, Baptist minister and US Army Chief of Chaplains, 1958-1962. Rev. Tobey graduated from Gordon College of Theology and Missions in 1929 and from Gordon Divinity School in 1934, and pastored several churches while not engaged overseas in military duties.