Boston University School of Theology proudly and rightly calls itself “The School of the Prophets,” but it could equally well call itself “The School of the Hymn People.” Hymn-relatedness, after all, is firmly woven into the spiritual DNA of the Wesleyan tradition in which this school was founded, and it has manifested itself in notable men and women throughout the school’s history.
Click here to browse the nearly 5000 hymnals, songbooks, and tunebooks in our library: Hymnological Collections.
Use the links below or on the left-hand menu to browse collection information and holdings for our larger hymnological collections, including the world-famous Hymn Society of the United States and Canada Collection.
These collections range from partially cataloged to uncatalogued. A brief description has been provided below the link to each collection in our catalog; some records may be brief or missing from the catalog.
The Reverend Dr. Carl P. Daw Jr. is an Episcopal priest and writer who served as the Executive Director of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada from 1996 to 2009, while this ecumenical and international organization had its headquarters at Boston University School of Theology. Dr. Daw retired his post as an Adjunct Professor of Hymnology in the Master of Sacred Music program in 2019. He also acted as the Curator of the Hymnological Collections in the School of Theology Library.
Rev. Dr. Daw was a key advocate in the transfer of the collection of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada to Boston University School of Theology Library in 2005. He continues to advise the library on its hymnological collections even in retirement.
The collections listed here are located in our Archives and Research Collection. Access to archival holdings (e.g. paper church records, personal papers, baptism certificates, etc). are by appointment only; please send an email to our reference librarians at email@example.com. For access to books in our special collections, please find a full-time librarian on staff during daytime hours (see the right sidebar on the School of Theology Library homepage for regular hours during the current academic period) who will be happy to pull the material for you.