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Adventist Historical Resources on the Web

Adventist Resources Section Pre-Session
Nineteenth Annual Conference
Association of Seventh-day Adventist Librarians
Montemorelos, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
June 20, 1999
Updated June 28, 1999

Carolyn Gaskell
Library Director
Walla Walla College
Peterson Memorial Library


Considering the wealth of full-text Adventist historical resources available, there is not a great deal on the World Wide Web as yet. I focussed on the history of Adventism and Millerism in the United States. I searched mainly under the terms “Adventist,” “Millerite,” “Millerism,” “Seventh-day Adventist or SDA History,” and personal names of several of the early Adventist pioneers in addition to William Miller. During the course of my investigation, I found out from Michael Campbell, a student intern at the Ellen G. White Estate, that several Adventist historical sites are under construction or in beta testing. We’ll see some of those in the web list later. In putting together this list of Web sites, I used around five or six different Internet search engines including Yahoo, Infoseek, HotBot, Lycos, and Excite.

The list of web sites presented today is not intended to be a complete list of the Adventist Historic Resources on the Web. Instead, it is just a start. If you have a favorite web site that is not listed here, please let me know and I’ll add it to the list which I hope will become one of ARS/ASDAL’s web pages.

As I sifted through the web sites resulting from various searches, I found that there were only a few full-text historical works available and fewer still of those were images of originals. However, there were a number of sites which combined images of historical paintings and/or photographs with short biographies or histories of the person or place in the image.

There were several sites containing photos and paintings of geographic sites important to the history of Millerism and/or Adventism such as homes, churches, etc. Often, virtual tours of those locales would be available on the site.

Ironically, while searching on the web it was easier to locate historical information, even full-text resources, critical of the Millerite movement and the Adventist Church. So, we’ll take a brief look at those as well.

Since I do not read or speak Spanish, I was only able to find a few web sites in Spanish that cover Adventist history. One of our bilingual student library assistants helped locate the sties then Violet & Pedrito Maynard-Reid helped identify which of those sites were of historic interest.

I have tried to group the sites together into six categories according to their content: Full or Partial-Text Resources; Pictures and Brief Biographies; En Espanol, Indexes; Libraries, Heritage Centers, et., and Controversial Literature. I trust these categories will provide a context in which to consider the relevance of the various web sites.

There were a few sites I chose not to include in this list, including the list of SDA College Library web sites in the U.S. ( – use the button for “other libraries”) and the ARS/ASDAL web site (

I have prepared transparencies from selected portions of these sites for illustrative purposes. Many of the sites require use of the local search engine to find the relevant materials. As a rule, I have not included the search process in my transparencies. If I had, there would have been well 60 slides.

If you have questions at any time, please feel free to ask.

Adventist Historical Resources on the Web

    • American Memory

      Historical Collections for the National Digital Library project (USA). A search under “Adventist” results in a list including a photograph of the 1912 Wausau, Wisconsin SDA annual state convention, oral histories of several SDA’s, and full text of the 1957 book Cornflake Crusade by Gerald Carson. This book is a popular history which chronicles how Battle Creek became a health center and the birthplace of America’s breakfast cereal industry. Includes information on SDA’s and John Harvey Kellogg as well as Will Keith Kellogg

    • Making of America (MOA)

      A major collaborative endeavor to preserve and make accessible through digital technology a significant body of primary sources related to the development of the U.S. Materials are drawn from the library collections at the University of Michigan and Cornell University.

      Search under “Smith, Uriah” for the full text of both The United States in the light of prophecy; or, An exposition of Rev. 13:11-17… and The sanctuary and the twenty-three hundred days of Daniel VII,14.

      Search under “White, Ellen” for the full text of The spirit of prophecy, volumes 2, 3, and 11.

      Search under “White, James” for the full text of Life incidents, in connection with the great Advent movement, as illustrated by the…

    • E. G. White Estate

      Besides full-text of the best-known books of Ellen G. White, there are articles about her and about the E.G. White Estate. Also included are selected issues relating to inspiration and Ellen G. White, basic principles regarding her messages, and more.

    • TAGNET – SDA History Site

      Tagnet is the Three Angel’s Global Network site. It provides information on William Miller, including full-text of his Dissertation on the True Inheritance of the Saints (1842), an argument refuting post-millennialism. Includes history of the Millerite movement as well as some information on Ellen White. Tagnet is also an excellent location for finding SDA Churches with web pages, including those published in Spanish.

    • Clarence L. Thomas IV’s Home Page

      Two full-text books by Uriah Smith (Modern Spiritualism and The Prophecies of Daniel and the Revelation) and one by Charles Miles Snow (On the Throne of Sin) as well as several by Ellen G. White. Copyright statements indicate they are electronically reproduced with the permission of the Review and Herald Publishing Association. The books reproduced here are not in image format and as such not as valuable to the historian as those which are images of the original.

    • Adventist Pioneer Library

      Gallery of photos and short biographies of early Adventist pioneers. Also includes articles about the importance of the pioneers. Full text of Adventist historical articles and books available in their CD-Rom library.

    • AdventistsAlive

      Pictures and brief biographies of early Adventist leaders.

    • Elmshaven

      Site includes history of Ellen White’s residence at Elmshaven, a virtual tour of the house, brief biography of Ellen White plus picture, and other information.

    • Foot Steps of the Pioneers – beta site designed by Michael Campbell for E. G. White Estate

      Links to information about Adventist historical sites in Connecticut, Maine, and Massachusetts. Includes some pictures.

    • Historic Adventist Village/Adventist Heritage Ministry – UNDER CONSTRUCTION

      Explore the “quick menu” to see some of the plans for the site.

    • Historical Society of Battle Creek

      Includes picture of the Kellogg Sanitarium under the Sojourner Truth Institute. Also includes biographical material on John Harvey Kellogg.

    • Pacific Union Conference home page

      From table of contents choose “Other Links” then “Adventist Images.” Covers selected events and biographical sketches of Adventist leaders by period. Includes pictures and brief biographies.

    • Washington New Hampshire SDA Church

      Information on the history of the birthplace of Adventism. Includes pictures of the cemetery, church building (interior/exterior), SDA pioneers such as Cyrus Farnsworth, Rachel Oakes Preston, etc.

    • William Miller Home & Farm – beta site designed by Michael Campbell for Adventist Heritage Ministry

      Pictures of the William Miller home and farm, including Ascension Rock. Brief biography with links to related sites.

    • Seventh-day Adventist Periodical and Obituary Index

      Guides to articles and obituaries in SDA periodicals.

    • Find A Grave

      Picture of John Harvey Kellogg’s grave at Oak Hill. Brief obits of others buried at Oak Hill, including Ellen and James White.

    • University of Michigan Historical Center for the Health Sciences: Source Link

      Index includes references to archival collections on Battle Creek Sanitarium, Battle Creek College, and John Harvey Kellogg. Collections are located at one of the following: State Archives of Michigan, Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections, and Loma Linda’s Del E. Web Memorial Library.

    • Andrews University, Adventist Heritage Center

      The Adventist Heritage Center is one of the primary documentary collections for the study of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, its predecessors and related groups, from the Millerite movement to the present. This web site lists and describes the Center’s major collections.

    • Loma Linda University, Archives and Special Collections/Ellen G. White Estate Branch Office

      The Archives and Special Collections department comprises a significant research collection of Adventist source materials. This site provides a list of Adventist historical resources and description of holdings at LLU. It includes audio/visual resources such as the on-line collection of “Seventh-day Adventist Related Photographs” which currently contains about 2,000 photos related to Loma Linda’s history. Also includes a bibliography of Ellen G. White titles.

    • La Sierra University Heritage Room

      The University Heritage Room contains a collection of SDA historical resources. The web site includes a description of its holdings as well as a document file index.

    • Pacific Union College, Pitcarin Islands Study Center

      The PUC library web site links (under other hot research resources) to the Pitcarin Islands Study Center page. This page contains a list of materials in the collection, Pitcarin Island and Bounty links, and a history of Pitcarin. At least two photos are included.

    • The Ellen G. White Web Site

      This site looks so legitimate that it is misleading at first. However, it contains materials critical of Ellen White and the church and is maintained by ex-SDA’s. The Spanish version is a computer translation of the English. It is the only English language site on this list that provides a translation.

    • Ballenger, Albion F Cast out for the Cross of Christ

      Full-text chapter-by-chapter.

    • Cainright, D. M. Seventh-day Adventism Renounced

      Chapter-by-chapter full-text of the work.

    • Jones, A. T. Some History Some Experience and Some Facts, 1906.

      The URL for this site proclaims it as ex-SDA. In addition to the full-text statement listed above, this site includes a number of other works critical of Ellen White, the SDA Church, and William Miller.

    • Present Truth Articles by E. J. Waggoner and A. T. Jones

      The URL for this site proclaims it as a Shepherds-Rod site. Includes text of articles.




  • Great American Quacks: The Museum of Questionable Medical Devices

    Contains an entry on Dr. John Harvey Kellogg who is listed even though “he was not a true quack” because “he engaged in questionable medical procedures such as flectherizing, electropathy, and radium cures.”

  • The Religious Movements homepage

    From the main page, choose Religious Group Profiles, Web Lins & Info, then choose “Alphabetical Listing of Profile” pages. Contains photos of William Miller, Ellen G. White, James White, and Joseph Bates. Pictures are courtesy of the Adventist Pioneer Library. Also mentioned is the SDA Encyclopedia as a source of information. Gives brief history of the church and the Millerite movement. Also has current information on the church as well as additional web links.

  • Research Collections: The Millerites & Early Adventists, 1840-18780

    One full page description of the microform collection on this topic, including a brief summary of Millerism and Adventism. The microform collection is held by a number of SDA libraries, including Peterson Memorial Library at Walla Walla College.

  • History of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Wales

    Choose the first web link on the History of the SDA Church in Wales. Very brief.

  • SDA Church Home Page

    Currently contains an on-line video 150 Years: The Review at Battle Creek – March 27, 1999. Need to download a RealPlayer video plug-in.

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