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Religion Collections in Libraries and Archives:
A Guide to Resources in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia

Table of Contents - Preface/Acknowledgements - Abbreviations
Lists of Entries: District of Columbia - Maryland - Virginia

Bridgewater College Alexander Mack Memorial Library: Special Collections

Address: Bridgewater, VA 22812
Telephone Number: (540) 828-2501
Fax Number: (540) 828-5482
Contact Persons: Ruth Greenawalt, Library Director

Access Policies

Hours of Service:
Monday--Thursday 7:45 a.m.--11:00 p.m.
Friday 7:45 a.m.--5:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m.--5:00 p.m.
Sunday 3:00 p.m.--11:00 p.m.
Open to the public: Yes
Photocopying:: Yes
Interlibrary loan: Yes

Hours for holiday periods, summer sessions, and other special occasions are posted at the library entrance. Certain materials in special collections do not circulate on interlibrary loan.

Reference Policy:
Telephone and mail reference questions are accepted. There are no restrictions on who may request help.

Borrowing Privileges:
Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and local county residents may borrow.

OCLC, SOLINET, Shenandoah Valley Independent Colleges Cooperative, VIVA, and Virginia Private College Libraries.

Holdings are listed in OCLC. OCLC searches may be done for patrons at the librarian's discretion.

Background Note:
Founded by Daniel C. Flory in 1880.
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Description of Collections

Books and monographs:
Approximately 12,000 volumes with inclusive dates from the 1700s to the present. Emphasis on Church of the Brethren materials. The Special Collections has the largest Church of the Brethren hymnal collection in existence. There is also a collection of rare Bibles including a 1482 Venice Bible, Nuremberg Bibles, and 18th century Sauer Bibles.

The card catalog includes holdings added from 1880 to 1995. The computer catalog includes about 60% of the total collections, and everything added from 1977 to the present.

Periodicals and newspapers:
45 periodical subscriptions and 90 titles related to religion with inclusive dates from the 1800s to the present. Materials relate primarily to the Church of the Brethren.

Archives, manuscripts, correspondence, and oral histories:
95 linear feet of archives relating to the Church of the Brethren. These items were created primarily in the 20th century.

47 reels of microfilm relating to the Church of the Brethren.

Videos and Sound Recordings:
20 films and videotapes with inclusive dates from the 1960s to the present. Miscellaneous religious topics.

These items are listed in the card and computer catalogs.

Vertical files:
1 vertical files with inclusive dates from the 1800s to the present on the Church of the Brethren.

The collection has an alphabetical listing of topics.

Databases, CD-ROMS, and other machine-readable sources:

Subject Headings

Bible; Church history; Church music; Church of the Brethren; Hymns and hymnals; Missions and missionaries

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