Since the early 1950s, Princeton Theological Seminary has maintained a consistent practice of recording the many public lecture series and institutes held at the Seminary, along with major sermons, addresses, and interviews, many of them given by some of the most prominent scholars, pastors, and church leaders of their day. This archive of several thousand unique, unpublished recordings constitutes not only a living record of the Seminary’s institutional history but also an important and wide-ranging collection of valuable resources for research and ministry.
Until now, the vast majority of these recordings existed only on obsolete, deteriorating physical tapes. Through the generous financial support of the Henry Luce Foundation, these tapes are being reconditioned and digitized, a process that not only makes the content accessible now but also preserves it for future generations of researchers. The first phase of this large-scale project is focused on the audio recordings, since their recovery presents the most urgent challenge to preservation and access. That effort is currently ongoing, and the number of audio recordings in the Theological Commons will grow continuously as recordings are digitized, curated, and added.
Over 2,100 of these recordings are accompanied by a transcript of the spoken content. The transcripts are included in the search process when performing a keyword search. In addition, each transcript is readable and searchable when playing an individual recording in the integrated media player.
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