Rare Documents Collection

          Dr. John. T. Christian, a noted Southern Baptist figure and church historian, collected numerous rare pamphlets and books in his travels. Other librarians, such as Nell Davis, continued procuring rare items of historical significance.  Noted Southern Baptist church musicians and former faculty members of the school of music, William Plunkett Martin and Edmund Keith collected rare hymnals.

          The rare collections of the libraries are unique in that the main library rare collection has numerous items dating back into the 18th and 17th centuries; an autographed volume by C. H. Spurgeon noting that it [the volume] was his favorite book, and 3 incunabula (books printed before 1501).  Several rare manuscripts, including an 8th century Hebrew scroll, are on loan to the NOBTS Center for New Testament Textual Studies for display purposes and careful study.  The music library rare collection has over 700 rare hymnals and Psalters; some dating back to the early 17th century. 

John Etherington / Anabaptists pamphlet / 1644       William Hussey / Answer Mr. Tombes / 1647       

   John Etherington, "The Anabaptists                  William Hussey, "An answer to                         
     Groundwork for Reformation," 1644                  Mr. Tombes," 1647

Infant baptism mainteined       14th century Psalter leaf (France?)

    "Infant's Baptism Mainteined," 1650                     14th century Psalter leaf (France?)

                                         spurgeon notes   
                                     C.H. Spurgeon, handwritten preaching notes
                                                    from Genesis 27:38

                      Amazing Grace tune first appears 1835

                     "Amazing Grace" words appear for first time with tune, NEW BRITAIN
                           in William Walker's "Southern Harmony," 1835.

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