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Boston University School of Theology Library, hymnological collections

As the oldest Methodist seminary in the United States (founded in 1839), Boston University School of Theology has always cultivated an appreciation of hymnody, but the current specialized hymnological collections did not have their genesis until the early 20th century. They began with the donation of the hymnological library of the prominent hymnologist Charles S. Nutter*, about the same time (1913) that he became a lecturer in Hymnology and Church Music at this institution. To this was eventually added most of a collection of comparable size from the distinguished bibliographer Frank Johnson Metcalf*. Both these early donors were dedicated Methodists who had received some significant part...

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