The Mack Library’s special collections include the oldest, rarest, and most fragile books. Among these books are a hand-written sermon outline from Charles Spurgeon, and the Chronicon pontificum et imperatorum, written by Polonus Martinus in 1310. The collection also contains the American Hymnody Collection, featuring 980 hymnals from the mid 18th century and the Greenville Mountaineer, one of the earliest newspapers from the local community. Copies date from 1826-1853.
American Hymnody Collection
This historic collection traces the development of hymnody in America from colonial days to the present spanning all denominations. The collection consists of hymnals used in the United States, not all of which were published here. Many of the hymnals used in American congregational song were brought here by immigrants.
The collection began in 1995 shortly after the University purchased an initial group of older American hymnals and songbooks. Faculty in the Sacred Music department suggested that this could be the beginning of a unique collection to preserve an important part of Christian history and be a resource for the University and scholars.
The collection currently numbers about 980 volumes, with volumes from as early as 1739 through the end of the 20th century.
Donations are welcome to help expand the collection. This collection is housed in the Special Collections room.
Rare Bibles Collection
The Special Collections room contains a collection of rare Bibles, some of which are on display in the Jerusalem Chamber. See a full list of items from this collection.
The Fundamentalism File is a resource center with over 5,000 different subjects and over 118,000 items of information relating to:
- History and nature of Fundamentalism
- Important popular discussions and resources from within Fundamentalism
- Information on individuals and organizations of religious significance
- Subjects of religious interest to Christians
- General information on
- Ethical issues (e.g., abortion, capital punishment, homosexuality)
- Social trends/issues (e.g., divorce, immorality, violence on television)
- Church/state affairs (e.g., politics and Christianity, public schools and religion, separation of church and state)
- Practical problems with religious significance (e.g., church planting, church work with specific needs groups, preaching)
Information is gathered and indexed from major scholarly articles, brochures, pamphlets, and unpublished resources.
This resource center houses manuscript collections pertinent to the history of Fundamentalism and Fundamentalist approaches to religious and social issues. Collections currently available include
- G. Archer Weniger (1915-82) papers, California Fundamentalist leader who published The Blu-Print and was deeply involved in the Conservative Baptist Association and later the Fundamental Baptist Fellowship
- W.O.H. Garman (1899-1983) papers, pastor and advocate on behalf of Fundamentalists in the military chaplaincy through the Associated Gospel Churches
- Gilbert Stenholm (1915-89) papers, long-time administrator at Bob jones University
In addition, research reports and other documents are produced by the Fundamentalism File. The Fundamentalism File came into existence in 1978 at the suggestion of Dr. Bob Jones Jr., who wanted a resource center for tracking information on current religious and theological topics, creating “a history of religion in our time.”
The Fundamentalism File is available by appointment only.
The Fundamentalism File associates will work with your research request and pull the materials for your research. There is a nominal charge for photocopies. PDF files are also available upon request, dependent upon copyright restrictions.