Located in the North Wing of the Princeton Theological Seminary Library, the Center for Barth Studies (CBS) is home to the Karl Barth Research Collection, one of the world’s largest single collection of works by and about Karl Barth. The Karl Barth Research Collection holds over 10,000 items from books, articles, essays, books reviews, and dissertations. It is considered a living collection, expanded weekly by staff at the center, and includes physical and digital copies of all of Barth’s extant professional and personal writings. The Karl Barth Research Collection is divided into three separate collections, the Hans Markus Wildi Collection of Barth, the Hans Markus Wildi Collection of Barthiana, and the Karl Barth Research Book Collection. The purpose of the collection is to allow scholars to survey all the literature written by and about Barth without traveling to Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Korea or other centers of Barth scholarship.
The Wildi Collections of Barth and the Barthiana are named in honor of Hans Markus Wildi, who, in collaboration with Jakob Matthias Osthof, compiled an exhaustive bibliography of the works by and about Karl Barth through the early 1990s.
In addition to all of these materials, CBS also holds a digital copy of nearly all files within Karl Barth’s collection from the Karl Barth-Archiv in Basel, Switzerland.
The Hans Markus Wildi Collection of Barth
The Wildi Collection of Barth currently holds a physical copy of over 80 percent of all published materials authored by Karl Barth, including first editions, revised editions, republications, and translated materials. The collection is expanded weekly with the goal of housing a complete collection of all known published writings by Karl Barth. Library patrons are free to use the collection to make copies of the items for personal use, and we encourage online and remote patrons to contact us so we can assist you in accessing all that the collection offers.
The Hans Markus Wildi Collection of Barthiana
The Wildi Collection of Barthiana is the world’s most exhaustive collection of secondary source materials pertaining to the life and work of Karl Barth. The collection holds over 2,300 book reviews, 3,500 articles, and several hundred miscellaneous items. The items in the collection date from the earliest interactions with Karl Barth in the 1910s to the present day. The Wildi Collection of Barthiana is also updated on a weekly basis with the goal of housing a physical copy of all peer-reviewed reputably published materials about Karl Barth.
The Karl Barth Research Book Collection
The Wildi Collection of Barthiana is the world’s most exhaustive collection of secondary source materials pertaining to the life and work of Karl Barth. The collection holds over 2,400 book reviews, 3,800 articles, and several hundred miscellaneous items. The items in the collection date from the earliest interactions with Karl Barth in the 1910s to the present day. The Wildi Collection of Barthiana is also updated on a weekly basis with the goal of housing a physical copy of all peer-reviewed reputably published materials about Karl Barth in all languages.
All of our resources are located on site in the Center for Barth Studies on the third floor of the North Wing in Princeton Seminary Library (Room 3177). There are directories posted around the library, which will help guide you to CBS.
If you are on campus at Princeton Seminary, please visit us from 9:00 – 4:00pm on weekdays to access our resources and utilize our reading and research space.
CBS strives to make its resources available to all, including Princeton Seminary library patrons, visiting students, pastors, scholars, and online patrons. If you have any research requests or would like further information about our collections, please do not hesitate to contact us.
The Barth Literature Search Project
In cooperation with affiliates at the Protestant Theological University in Amsterdam and Gröningen, Netherlands, CBS develops and maintains the Karl Barth Literature Project. The literature project is the largest online searchable database pertaining to Barth, boasting bibliographic entries and summaries for over 20,000 materials by or about Barth. The database can be searched by keyword, title, author, and more. CBS is continually working towards the goal of obtaining one copy of every item (books, articles, articles in books, book reviews, dissertations, etc.) in the database for the convenience of scholars and students researching Karl Barth.