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Elias Collection, Cambridge, UK

The Elias Library of Hymnology consists of just over 3,500 volumes on hymnology, mostly from the 19th and early 20th centuries, but with some dating back to the 16th century. It is held at Westminster College, Cambridge.  The Library is primarily the collection of Edward Alfred Elias. Born in Liverpool in 1875, he lived in West Kirby, in the Wirral, throughout his life; and though little more is known about him, he was a lifelong collector of hymnological works and published articles on hymns and hymn-writers.  He was described by his brother as ‘an ardent Presbyterian’, and on his death in 1941 he bequeathed the Elias Library of Hymnology to Westminster College, Cambridge, the...

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