The online archive of the Union Seminary Quarterly Review is now openly available in Academic Commons, thanks to our Circulation staff and team of students working at the Burke Library, as well as our colleagues in the Digital Scholarship unit of the Libraries.
The USQR, founded in 1939 as “a platform for inspired and socially-engaged religious thought,” became a powerhouse of writings from authors and theologians such as Reinhold Niebuhr and Paul Tillich. It continued under the leadership of Union doctoral students up until 2016. Its contents and records were kept on various platforms, including a defunct website, which made the creation of an all-encompassing archive something of a challenge. Read more about this momentous effort on The Tinker from Digital Scholarship specialist Esther Jackson.
As Jackson notes, the project owes great thanks to the team of student staff at the Burke Library. Students, including many who presently study at Union Theological Seminary, worked independently at the Burke’s scanning workstation (used daily for regular Scan & Deliver and Interlibrary Loan processing) to scan and enter metadata for missing issues. We are ever grateful for their care and thoughtful attention to detail with special projects like this one!