Inventory of Unpublished Material for American Religious History in Protestant Church Archives and Other Repositories

Inventory of Unpublished Material for American Religious History in Protestant Church Archives and Other Repositories

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Inventory of Unpublished Material for American Religious History in Protestant Church Archives and Other Repositories

Inventory of Unpublished Material for American Religious History in Protestant Church Archives and Other Repositories

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How little has been done to make more widely known the manuscript sources for American religious history is very apparent to any one who will run through such attempts as have been made at the compilation of either general or specific bibliographies for the history of the religious organizations and movements in America. In the thirteen volumes which comprise the American Church History Series, some twenty separate bibliographies are given, but in only five is there any reference to manuscript material; here the data are for the most part general rather than detailed in the information they contain and as they total only about sixty printed lines it is obvious how meagre they are. In his monumental work entitled The Congregationalism of the Last Three Hundred Years as seen in its Literature, Dr. Henry M. Dexter printed the results of his exhaustive bibliographical researches upon that subject, yet his list of over seven thousand titles contained only two somewhat closely printed pages devoted to the brief account of the manuscript sources for Congregational history. In some other individual works, especially in recent monographs, a few occasional notes are to be found referring to manuscript documents. Some of the more noteworthy manuscript collections have been printed, and as it has been natural to point to these published volumes, as more generally accessible and also more convenient for ordinary use, this may in part account for the relatively few references in print to the underlying sources.

The present Inventory does not profess to be more than a contribution to the knowledge of the manuscript materials for American religious history; it does not attempt to bring together in a systematic way the materials relating to the history of any particular denomination or religious movement. Manuscripts still in private possession have been passed by, but such as are deposited with any of the collections examined and are likely to remain permanently in their present locations, have been included, though they may still be the property of individual owners. The general scope of the Inventory might be shown more clearly if its title were expanded into the form, Inventory of the Unpublished Material for American Religious History to be Found in Various Repositories in the United States, Especially in the Archives of the Governing Bodies of the Various Protestant Churches and of their Missionary Societies and in the Libraries of their Theological Seminaries, Colleges, and Historical Societies. It is a list of material to be found in definite types of archives, libraries, and historical collections; its purpose is to show what may be found at the various places from which information has been obtained by . . .

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