An original and integral part of the Cooley Center was the Robert C. Cooley Collection in Biblical Archaeology and Early Christianity. This growing collection contains more than 2,300 volumes, more than a dozen carrels of slides and a sizable collection of periodical literature.
The foundation for the Cooley Collection was drawn from the personal libraries of the late Dr. Robert E. Cooley, the second president of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and his son, the late Robert C. Cooley. Dr. Cooley’s longtime work in biblical archaeology, both as a teacher and field researcher, is reflected in the core of this special collection. His son’s love for the study of Early Christianity will also be integrated into future collection development. The many slides in the collection are a gift of Alice Mae Favro and reflect her love for the Holy Land expressed in her 17 trips to that region of the world. Current collection strengths include significant materials related to the study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and reports of various Holy Land archaeological expeditions. Recent additions include the first two volumes of the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon and a number of new works in biblical archaeology.
More information on accessing the collection will be available at a future date.