Academic journal article The Hymn

Research Director's Report

Academic journal article The Hymn

Research Director's Report

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This issue's column is more announcement- based than theme-based, so please bear with me.

In my last column I talked about putting Hymnal Collections of North America online at Hymnary.org. It is up and running! If you look under the "Explore" section, you will see it listed there, or you can go to it directly at www.hymnary.org/hymnal collections. There are 262 collections there at the moment. The top three states for hymnal collections currently are as follows: Pennsylvania (27 collections), Illinois (22), and Massachusetts (21). The largest collections are held by Emory University (18,000 volumes) and the Library of Congress (16,500). I encourage you to see what is available in your state or province. And, of course, if you know of a collection that should be added, let me know.

On another note entirely, this is the season for preparing students for the Emerging Scholars Forum. We have had great success in bringing interesting research papers and projects to the conference through this program, and each year it is gratifying to see students and recent graduates receive recognition for their hard work. My thanks to the faculty mentors among us who encourage their students to participate in the forum.

For a refresher on how this forum works, please read on. Each year, The Hymn Society invites current graduate students and those who have graduated within the past three years to submit proposals to present their current research dealing with an aspect of congregational song during the Annual Conference. …

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