Centre for Salvation Army Studies

Centre for Salvation Army Studies

The Centre for Salvation Army Studies is a small, focused institute within Booth University College. Its overall purpose is to nurture high-quality research on The Salvation Army, which now operates in 127 countries around the world. As a clearinghouse for research and publications on The Salvation Army, the Centre aims to foster and support critical examinations of the denomination’s history, theology and multi-faceted ministries.

Activities that come under the mandate of the Centre for Salvation Army Studies include the sponsorship of lecture series at Booth University College, the funding and convening of meetings at international academic conferences, the organization of symposia, and the facilitation of research on the religious organization.


The Centre for Salvation Army Studies maintains a non-circulating library of more than 1,400 volumes related to The Salvation Army. Presently, the collection consists of books, pamphlets and incomplete runs of several rare periodicals (The War Cry, The Officer, The Staff Review, All the World, The Y. P. Magazine, The Warrior, The Vanguard, The Bandsman and Songster, and The Young Soldier). It also has every Salvation Army Year Book published since 1920. For a complete record of the Centre’s books and periodicals, researchers are encouraged to visit its online catalogue at Library Thing. Researchers may also wish to consult the online catalogue of the Booth University College John Fairbank Memorial Library, which maintains its own extensive collection of resources on The Salvation Army.


Marking the official launch of the Centre for Salvation Army Studies in March 2010 was a two-day lecture series entitled “The Salvation Army, Religion and the Media.” Dr. Diane Winston, Knight Chair in Media and Religion at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California, was the featured guest. It is hoped that many other distinguished scholars will contribute to the Centre’s lecture series in the years to come.


Researchers may visit the Centre in person by making an appointment with Dr Andrew Eason, Director of the Centre for Salvation Army Studies and Director, School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Booth University College.