The Boston University School of Theology Library is proud to house the hymnal collection of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. This valuable collection of approximately 900 historical volumes came to Boston University School of Theology in 2005, from Union Theological Seminary in New York.
Roughly two-thirds of this collection consists of psalters, tunebooks, and hymnals. In addition, there are more than 100 song collections (most entirely sacred, with others containing some secular pieces) and about 50 volumes of hymn texts and other religious poetry. The remaining books deal with the history of hymns, hymn stories, hymnal handbooks, biographies of hymn writers, music theory and history, and other miscellaneous materials. Approximately one-third of the collection predates the beginning of the Civil War.