Online Historical Adventist PhotosNovember 15, 2006
- The first is focused specifically on Ellen G. White and contains over 1200 photos from the Ellen G. White Estate that focus on White, her family, associates, and events & places associated with her life. (The Ellen G. White Estate itself offers only 7 photos on their website.) Access the database here.
- The second database contains approximately 2,000 photos (with more being added) on a wide variety of subjects. Access this database here.
A third site is that of the British Union Conference (BUC) Historical Archive. It contains nearly 600 photos and may be accessed here.
timeoftrouble.com has pictures scanned in from various SDA publications including: J. N. Loughborough’s Rise and Progress of the Seventh-day Adventists (1892), and M. Ellsworth Olsen’s A History of the Origin and Progress of Seventh-day Adventists (1925) here.
The Center for Adventist Research (CAR) at Andrews University has recently established its own database of historical photos online here. OK, great, the more photos available online for research and teaching purposes the better. HOWEVER, to put it bluntly, the CAR approach sucks. As an example, a search for “africa” lists 21 photos—some of them of great interest to me in my research and teaching—such as a picture of students at the first SDA church school in South Africa in 1893. The problem is the database only offers tiny thumbnail-sized photos—so small in fact, that it is difficult sometimes to make out the content of the photo (the picture at right is exactly what the CAR site gives you!)—with the option to purchase a full-sized photo at higher resolution. Now I certainly believe that any photo used for commercial purposes—such as a published book—should be paid for, but to deny church members (not to mention researchers and teachers) like myself, free and open access to such material is just plain wrong. The fees charged are not inconsiderable when converted to currencies other than USD. C’mon CAR, surely you can do better than that!
I have emailed CAR at: firstname.lastname@example.org and will report back on any reply received.
Just out of interest, a search for “Africa” on each of the above sites reveals:
Loma Linda 1 (EGW): 5 results.
Loma Linda 2 (General SDA): 3 results.
BUC Archive: 18 results.
EarlySDA.com (no search capability): c10 results.
CAR: 21 results (with Moslem/Muslim spelled as Mosleum twice).