Introduction

This special collection was started when Founder and President Oral Roberts and two other ORU administrators became aware that Pentecostals, their denominations, churches, and fledgling colleges were doing little to preserve their own materials. These leaders saw this need as an opportunity for ORU to serve the growing Pentecostal and Charismatic constituency and the Christian church worldwide in yet another way. So the Center began its archive and library in 1962 and houses one of the largest and most comprehensive Pentecostal/Charismatic and Holy Spirit collections in the world. Within the last 20 years, denominations have established similarly strong collections, ensuring that, working together, scholars and leaders will find the resources they need to understand and further this great move of God.

The collection now contains over

  • 12,000 books, including many significant Master's theses and doctoral dissertations
  • 300 Pentecostal/Charismatic magazines
  • 4,500 audio tapes and cassettes
  • vertical files of tracts, pamphlets, brochures, unpublished papers, newsletters, and news articles
  • hundreds of sound recordings, films, photographs, and microfilms.

It has a wide cross-section of views on Pentecostalism, including classical, neo-Pentecostal (Charismatic) and "Third Wave" streams; the pro-tongues and anti-tongues views; and historical events and current issues. Overall, the subject matter includes materials on Pentecostal/Charismatic organizations, denominations, and individuals; gifts (or manifestations) of the Spirit; Pentecostal and Charismatic colleges; divine healing; the Pentecostal/Charismatic movements worldwide; and the teachings and practices of these movements.

Researchers from all over the United States and from other countries have come to ORU to use this special collection for many reasons, including writing books and dissertations. In cooperation with similar special collections elsewhere, our long-term goal is to develop and maintain the world's most complete archive and library on the Pentecostal/Charismatic movements worldwide and on the person, work, and theology of the Holy Spirit.

To help us meet this goal and thereby to serve the church worldwide, we welcome gifts of archival and library materials, as well as gifts of funds. If you wish to learn more about the gifts most helpful to us now, please call or e-mail the Director, Mark E. Roberts, at 918-495-6898 or mroberts@oru.edu.

The primary source materials here require that all of the materials be used in the Holy Spirit Research Center. The Center holds a special, non-circulating collection.

Last Updated: August 7, 2006