Union Seminary Quarterly Review (USQR) Archive


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.

Cover of USQR volume 65 Numbers 3 & 4, housed at the Burke Library and available online in Academic Commons

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!





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  1. I am the Stephen Colwell Associate Prof. of Christian Ethics, Emerita at Princeton Theological Seminary and a PhD alum from Union, 1988. (I also used to work as business manager for USQR when I was a student.) I am co-editing a book of essays by Paul Lehmann, titled “The Revolutionary Gospel: Paul Lehmann and the Direction of Theology Today,” which is under contract with Lexington Books. The other two co-editors are Ry Sigglekow (Director of the Leadership Center for Social Justice at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities) and Brandon Watson (Academic Assistant in Systematic Theology at the Protestant University Wuppertal, and a doctoral candidate at the Universität Heidelberg.) We have written permission from Jason Wyman to publish six essays from USQR for our book with no fee. We have, however, an additional essay to include in our collection, which was added later. We need written permission to publish “Bonhoeffer – Real or Counterfeit,” USQR 21, no. 3 (March 1966): 364-369. Can someone from Union grant us such permission in writing? Thank you for your assistance.

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