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Princeton Theological Seminary Media Archive

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 This archive of several thousand unique, unpublished recordings constitutes not only a living record of the Seminary’s institutional history but also a wide-ranging collection of valuable resources for research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 have been reconditioned and digitized, a process that not only makes the content accessible now but also preserves it for future generations of researchers. When combined with recent born-digital recordings, this extensive archive includes over 8,400 audio recordings from 1940–present along with 54 video programs from 1984–present.

In addition, 2,170 of the audio recordings are accompanied by transcriptions of the spoken content, produced by human transcriptionists to provide accuracy exceeding 99% despite the frequent use of names and terminology specific to theology and related fields, thereby allowing full-text searching across 1,727 hours of audio content. Each transcript is also viewable and searchable when playing an individual recording in the integrated media player.

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