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Susan Macicak,
Collection Development Officer

Merry Burlingham,
Chief Bibliographer

Carolyn Cunningham,
Collection Administration Librarian

Mary Rader,
Global Studies Coordinator

Dale Correa,
Middle Eastern Studies Librarian

Bonnie Brown Real,
Collection and Consortia Assessment Coordinator

Lexie Thompson Young,
UT System Licensing Coordinator

Emilie Algenio,
Consortia Resources Coordinator

Lisa Aguilar,
Library Specialist


I. Purpose:
To support teaching and research requirements of University departments and instructional programs for material relating to religion, with special reference to Classics, Philosophy, History, Sociology, Anthropology, the Hebrew Studies Program in the Department of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures, Religious Studies Programand the courses in Bible and religious education offered by the Biblical Studies Association. Consideration is also given to religion in the areas of interest of Area Studies, e.g., Middle Eastern Studies, Asian Studies, Ethnic Studies, etc.

In addition to the specific curricular interests mentioned above, the collection should provide a broad base of support for what might be termed general cultural interest in religion, i.e., a wide range of materials reflecting the influence of religions upon the arts, social customs and institutions, and thought in general.

II. General Collection Guidelines:

A. Languages: English will be the primary language of collection. Materials in any language may be collected, but among foreign languages, Greek, Latin, German, French , and Hebrew will be preferred, and works originally published in these languages will generally be purchased both in the original and in English translation. Secondary emphasis is on other Western languages and the Slavic Languages. General exceptions to this policy will include the writings, in Spanish, Portuguese, or other languages relating to Latin American religions (see below under "Geographical Guidelines"). Note that materials in Chinese, Japanese, Arabic and Sanskrit are housed in special vernacular collections; for a discussion of these collecting levels, see the appropriate vernacular collection statement.

B. Chronological Guidelines: No restrictions. Material relevant to the study of religious thought in any period may be collected.

C. Geographical Guidelines: Emphasis is on the United States, western Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Russian orthodox material is of interest to the Department of Slavic Languages. For a discussion of collecting levels for religion in Latin America, see the statement for the Benson Latin American Collection.

D. Treatment of Subject: Biographies of major religious figures will be collected selectively; history of religion and religions will be collected broadly. Practical theology will not be collected, not will textbooks save in rare instances. Works written on a popular level will be collected selectively for general cultural interests.

E. Types of Material: Includes encyclopedias and dictionaries of religion, Bible concordances and commentaries, modern Bible texts in Western languages, atlases, dictionaries, yearbooks, abstracts and indexes, and bibliographies. Proceedings or reports of conferences, symposia, international congresses, etc., will be collected selectively.

F. Date of Publication: Primary emphasis will be on the acquisition of current publications, but non-current materials will be purchased selectively.

G. Other General Considerations: The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center collects Bibles, incunabula, and medieval and later Jewish writings. Other campus sources on materials on religion include the Benson Latin American Collection, the Middle Eastern vernacular collections, the Asian collection, and the Center for American History.

Significant of-campus collections of religious and theological materials are to be found in the libraries of seminaries in Austin.

III. Observations and Qualifications by Subject and LC Class:

Subject LC Class Location CDP [NCIP] Collecting Level Bibliographer
History of Religion: The History Department has strong interest in US. religious history, including contemporary religious movements. (Philosophy of religion is included in the Philosophy Statement.) - - C Religion
Primitive and Folk Religions, Ethnic Religions, Mythologies: Anthropologists, folklorists, classicists have strong interests here. In mythologies primary emphasis is on Greco-Roman and Teutonic lore with lesser emphasis on the Celtic tradition. - - C Religion
Jewish Religious Thought: Includes Old Testament, extra-Biblical literature, medieval Judaism, modern Jewish thought, etc. - - C Religion
Christianity: Emphasis on historical development, New Testament, Patristics, the medieval church, the Reformation, and American church history. Selective purchasing of basic sources (including Greek and Latin Bible) is desirable. - - C Religion
Islamic Religion: Of particular interest to Middle Eastern Studies. - - C Religion
Iranian Religion: - - C Religion
Oriental Religions: Emphasis on Buddhism and Hinduism. In its Indian aspects, of particular interest to the Philosophy Department. Asian Studies has a more generalized interest in Oriental religions. - - C Religion
Modern and Contemporary Theology: Emphasis on Anglo-American and Western European theologians. - - C Religion
Comparative Religion: Of particular interest to Anthropology Department. - - C Religion

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