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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: 402 East College Street Bridgewater, VA 22812

Telephone Number: 540-828-8018
Contact Persons: Stephanie Gardner, M.S.L.S , Special Collections Librarian
Catalog: Alexander Mack Memorial Library: Special Collections Catalog
Website: Alexander Mack Memorial Library: Special Collections

Access Policies

Hours of Service: By appointment  Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m – 4:00 p.m
Open to the public: Yes
Photocopying:: Yes
Interlibrary loan: Yes Yes for circulating collections.  Special Collections do not circulate

Hours for holiday periods, summer sessions, and other special occasions are posted at the library entrance and on the library’s website. Materials in special collections do not circulate. There is a small circulating Church of the Brethren books collection.

Reference Policy:
Telephone, email, and mail reference questions are accepted. There are no restrictions on who may request help. Reference visits are arranged by appointment.
Borrowing Privileges:
See the library website for borrowing policies for circulating collections. Special Collections do not circulate.
Background Note:
Founded by Daniel C. Flory in 1880. The first private co-educational liberal arts college in Virginia. Affiliated with the Church of the Brethren.

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Description of Collections

Books and monographs:
Approximately 14,049 volumes with inclusive dates from the 1400s to the present. Emphasis on Church of the Brethren materials, Bridgewater College history, regional genealogy, regionally published music, rare books, Virginiana, the American Civil War, and the history of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. The Special Collections has the largest Church of the Brethren hymnals collection in existence. There is also a collection of rare Bibles and other rare books including a 1482-83 Venice Bible, Nuremberg Bibles, Sauer imprints and regionally published works.
Periodicals and newspapers:
Approximately 297 periodical volumes relating to the Church of the Brethren with inclusive dates from the19th century to the present. Some bound and microfilmed regional newspapers,19th century to the present.
Archives, manuscripts, correspondence, and oral histories:
Approximately 459 feet of archives and manuscripts relating to the Church of the Brethren, Bridgewater College history and Shenandoah Valley history. These items were created primarily from the 19th – 21st centuries. Includes a collection of Pennsylvania-German broadsides, some printed in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Includes materials on alternatives to military service programs in the WWII era, especially as relating to the Church of the Brethren. Papers of local historian, John W. Wayland, 1872 - 1962. Materials relating to Brethren evangelist, John Kline, 1797-1864.
Vertical files:
4 vertical files with inclusive dates from the 1800s to the present on the Church of the Brethren. Regional and Bridgewater College history topical files.

The collection has an alphabetical listing of topics.

Online Resources:
Special Collections online catalog (in development, not yet inclusive of all collections)
Brethren Digital Archives A collection of historic Brethren periodicals
Guide to the Phoebe Orebaugh papers, 1969-2001 Finding aid for Virginia House of Delegates Member (1983-1985 and 1988-1991)
Pennsylvanian German Broadsides Part of the online bibliography at Penn State University Library

Subject Headings

Bible; Church music; Church of the Brethren; Conscientious objection -- Religious aspects -- Church of the Brethren; Hymns and hymnals; Missions and missionaries; Kline, John, 1797-1864.; Shape-note hymnals; Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.); Shenandoah Valley Campaign, 1862; Shenandoah Valley Campaign, 1864 (August-November); Wayland John Walter 1872-1962.

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