Young Center Archives Projects Underway
Since 1988, the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies has served as the only research center in the world that is dedicated to the study of these spiritual groups. Over the years, the Young Center has become renowned for its extensive collections on the Anabaptists and Pietists, which afford scholars and students from across the globe the opportunity to better grasp an understanding of the characteristics—such as forgiveness and peacemaking—that are central to these religions.
As the Young Center’s reputation and collections grow, so does the need for adequate archival space. In order to address this need, the College has devised a two-step plan. First, existing space within the High Library will be converted into an Archives and Special Collections facility, which will be humidity-controlled and fire-protected. This space will house collections currently located in the library’s Brethren Heritage Room, as well as scholarly collections and rare books from the Young Center and the College Archives. Second, the Young Center will expand to provide space for visiting scholars, program activities and major exhibits. This undertaking, made possible through donor support, will allow the Young Center to continue to serve as the premier research center on Anabaptist and Pietist groups.