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H. Henry Meeter Center: Specializing in John Calvin, Calvinism, the Reformation, and Early Modern Studies


Major Research Collection donated to the Meeter Center

A portion of Dr. Kingdon's extensive collection

Dr. Robert Kingdon

Professor Robert Kingdon, emeritus professor of Reformation History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and one of the world’s foremost experts on the social history of sixteenth-century Calvinism, has generously donated his entire research library of works on Calvin, Calvinism, and early modern history to the Meeter Center for Calvin Studies, to further the work of the Center.

This research collection comprises over 2,500 individual titles, over 700 of which have never previously been held by the Meeter Center or the larger Hekman Library collection. Over a hundred of the works are very rare and hard to find, including thirty-four that are held by ten or fewer other libraries world-wide. This addition to the Meeter Center’s collection will provide excellent new resources for students and faculty research at Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary, as well as for the scholars who come to the Meeter Center from around the world.

Robert Kingdon is the author of thirteen books and over eighty articles. He was an active member and presiding officer of many of the leading North American organizations for Reformation Studies, and was the editor of the Sixteenth Century Journal for twenty-five years. He has had a long association with the Meeter Center, beginning in 1987 when he received one of the Meeter Center’s research fellowships. He also served two six-year terms on the Meeter Center Governing Board as member-at-large. The Center also provided financial support for his major project of editing and publishing the transcriptions of the Genevan Consistory minutes from John Calvin’s lifetime.

The H. Henry Meeter Center for Calvin Studies is a research center specializing in John Calvin, Calvinism, the Reformation, and early modern studies that opened in 1981 and is located on the fourth floor of Hekman Library on the campus of Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. The extensive book, rare book, article, and microform collections attract scholars from all over the world to the Center. And thanks to this extremely generous donation of high-caliber secondary sources, our collection can now offer even more resources to those who want to find out more about the roots and impact of the Genevan Reformation. The Center is deeply grateful to Dr. Kingdon for his decision to crown his long-standing association and friendship with the Center with this wonderful gift.