The GTU library building was constructed in two phases: Phase I (1979-1981), during which the basement and level one were
built, and Phase II (1985-1987), during which levels two and three were completed. The library was renovated in 2000-2001
and 2004. The collection comprises photographs, negatives, and slides documenting the construction and renovation of the GTU
library building. It also includes photographs of GTU library administrators and employees taken during the construction and
renovation processes. The bulk of the photographs in the collection were taken by GTU cataloging librarian James P. Else.
In 1969, the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) Common Library in Berkeley, California, was established and moved into temporary
quarters in the basement of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific. The site for a new library building at the corner of
Ridge and Scenic, known as the "Wilson Property," was purchased from the American Baptist Seminary of the West and the San
Francisco Theological Seminary. In 1972, architect Louis I. Kahn was chosen to design a library and administration building.
Kahn completed preliminary designs, but died suddenly in 1974. The GTU then selected the architectural firm of Peters, Clayberg
and Caulfield to complete the project Kahn inspired.
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