Frank Johnson Metcalf

METCALF, Frank Johnson. b. Ashland, Massachusetts, 1865; d. Washington, DC, 25 February 1945. After graduation from Boston University in 1886 he taught at high schools and academies in Vermont, Texas and Massachusetts before settling into a career as a statistician in the Adjutant General’s office, 1893-1935. He compiled an important collection of some 2,500 hymn books. Select volumes are held by the American Antiquarian Society, of which he was a longtime and active member; it is some 15 miles from his hometown. This Metcalf collection is combined with that of Robert Westly Peach (1863-?), a bishop of the Reformed Episcopal Church. The bulk of Metcalf’s hymnbook collection is combined with...

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