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Religion Collections in Libraries and Archives: Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia

Regent University Library

Introductory Information

Regent University Library External

Address: 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464-9890

Telephone number: 757-352-4150

Contact information External

Online catalog External

Digital Collections link: none

Access Policies

Hours of service External

Open to the public: Yes

Interlibrary loan: No

Reference policy External

Background note:
Founded in 1978 by Pat Robertson and the Christian Broadcasting Network.


Books and monographs
275,647 volumes. Generally, the materials are acquired to support the research, teaching, and studying of the academic programs offered by the University. Subject concentrations include biblical studies, hymnology, Pentecostalism, and evangelicalism. Of special note is the Clark Hymnology collection of some 9,000 volumes and the book portion of the Talmage McNabb Pentecostal collection.

Periodicals and newspapers
107 subscriptions. Inclusive dates are 1860 to the present. The periodical collection has an evangelical orientation with an emphasis on Pentecostal/charismatic interpretation.

Archives, manuscripts, correspondences, and/or oral histories
Extensive holdings documenting the history and culture of Pentecostal and Evangelical Christianity in the United States. Of special note are the Keith C. Clark Hymnology Collection, the Pentecostal Research Collection, the John Wimber Collection, Rev. Dennis J. Bennett Papers, the William Standish Reed, M.D., Collection, the Wellington Boone Collection, the Hon-Melilli Audiovisual Collection, and The Remnant Newspaper Collection. The Special Collections also houses more than 1,500 16mm Christian films from the 1940s, 50s, 60s, and 70s. A full description of these collections may be found on the Special Collections website. External

455 titles of periodical backfiles.

Videos and sound recordings
11,355 videos and 5220 sound recordings. Of special note is the Scott Ross Cultural Collection donated by Mr. Ross of CBN. It contains over 5,000 items of various formats of video and audio cassettes, sound recordings, CD and tape recordings. Other important collections include the Baptista Film Mission Archives and the Christian Films Research Collection.

Significant visual holdings include the John Lawing Political Cartoon Collection; nine original paintings forming a series titled And the Word Became Flesh, by artist Leana Fay; an original painting by Armenian-American artist Levon Armenius Mnazakanian titled Pitcher and Fruit; twelve limited edition lithographs from Norman Rockwell's School Days and Huckleberry Finn series; and a lithographic proof of the Israel Freedom Document by Polish-American illustrator Arthur Szyk. The Special Collections also houses extensive photographic and slide collections of the history of Regent University.

Databases and/or electronic resources External

Digital collections
In progress

Subject Headings

Biblical studies; Evangelicalism; Hymns and hymnals; Pentecostalism; Renewal Theology; Robertson, Pat