Urantia Book Historical Society is, above all, an archive. It is our intention that the rich history of the Urantia book and subsequent movement should be preserved and made available for future generations.
Reception & Digitizing
Among our day to day efforts at UBHS is the reception, cataloging, and digitizing of records. This is a highly complex process. We receive donations regularly, must record their provenance, determine their condition, identify any duplicates in our archive (and if so determine whether a better version is needed). We must further sort and then scan at high resolution or digitize all records. Beyond the scanning and digitizing, our archivists must then devote time to data entry for the archive, so that you and others can find and use what we preserve.
Once the cataloging and digitizing is complete, the physical records are then transferred from our archiving facilities to University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) , home to the “American Religions Special Collection”, Davidson Library. The “American Religions Collection” contains over 30,000 books and 2,000 magazines, journals, and newspapers in its serial collection. It is the largest collection of its kind in the world. The Special Collections Reading Room makes accessible to the public and scholars, valuable, rare, and unique materials which are non-circulating. The archive is available for research during posted hours.
We are working to provide physical archives in multiple regions.
The Society does not wait for records to arrive at our door. We are actively interviewing and working with individuals to preserve their own history and the parts they have played in our movement.
Urantia Book Historical Society promotes the preservation of history and historical records within the Urantia movement. We aim to further an understanding of the importance of preservation among readers. We stand ready to assist you in perpetuating our history for coming generations.
The Historical Society is not only a repository. We act as a resource for scholars and researchers. Part of our work is answering queries and helping patrons find what they need.