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The Office of Archives, Statistics, and Research (ASTR) is an office of the General Conference (GC) of Seventh-day Adventists. While it was founded in 1975 as the Office of Archives and Statistics, ASTR is the successor to the Statistical Secretary’s Office (or department) which was established in 1904. This article covers the full history. ASTR’s current roles include managing the archives and records management program of the GC, collecting and publishing crucial organizational information and statistics, and supporting the research and analysis needs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s World Headquarters, particularly strategic planning and executive decision-making by the General Conference officers. ASTR is also responsible for the production of the Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. A secondary but important role is supporting scholarship and Church researchers throughout the world. Those who are interested in Adventist history and Adventist studies may make use of the General Conference Archives and the Rebok Memorial Library, both of which come under ASTR.
Indiana Academy is an accredited, co-educational boarding senior high school located in the U.S. state of Indiana, established in 1902.
Lowell Reed Rasmussen was an educator and administrator who worked at Humboldt Academy, Golden Gate Academy, Lodi Academy, the Southeastern California Conference, La Sierra College, the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, and the Pacific Union Conference.
Homer and Lenna (Whitney) Salisbury spent their lives dedicated to educating Adventist young people.
Sarah Jane Thayer, better known as Jennie, was part of the first generation of children to be raised as Sabbath-keeping Adventists and the second generation of Adventist pioneers. She held offices in the International Tract and Missionary Society, traveled to England on behalf of the denomination, and was the first editor of the Atlantic Union Gleaner.
Elizabeth Zeidler was a long-serving secretary in the General Conference Secretariat, working through the transition between the headquarters in Battle Creek, Michigan and the headquarters in Takoma Park, Maryland. She served as secretary to several successive General Conference Secretaries and as the recording secretary to the General Conference Committee (now the General Conference Executive Committee).