On the Shelf: New items added to Center for Restoration Studies collections, March 2021

In March our colleagues in Technical Services and Cataloging added 32 items to the rare books, University Archives, and Center for Restoration Studies collections.  Most of the items added this month supplemented the books, periodicals (bound and unbound), and A/V subsets within the Restoration collection.  The University Archive and Taylor Hymnal collections also received a few new items.  Some of the additions are newly published, others are new-to-us, and still others represent a second copy or a new-to-us edition or printing.  You’ll notice this is quite a bit fewer items compared to recent months, and that is true.  However, it represents large runs of loose issues of Christian Standard, Gospel Guardian, and Word and Work, all of which are major periodicals for 20th century Restoration history.  I am very glad to have these issues sorted, foldered, boxed and cataloged.  Not a small undertaking, which just goes to show that sometimes our work is quantifiable, and sometimes quantity alone cannot tell the whole story.  It also reflects the fact that Technical Services has much more going on than just the cataloging tasks required of Special Collections holdings.  They brought a major project to completion in the circulating collection, and don’t forget spring break.  Meanwhile, downstairs we have been moving through several hundred gift books, verifying them against our holdings, in some cases comparing to the holdings on the shelf, and in general preparing them for cataloging.  So, we have a full queue that will last us through the summer.  The short version is the quality and scope of the collection will grow in some significant areas over the summer.

Abilene Christian College. Prickly Pear, Yearbook of Abilene Christian College, 1952, yearbook, 1952; Abilene, Texas. University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Abilene Christian University Library.

Our goal is to build a comprehensive research-level collection of print materials by, for, and about the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement.  But beyond assembly and preservation, a collection should be discoverable by those who need the information.  Collecting and preserving is only part of our task; those objects must be described and made available.  Thanks to the close and careful work of our colleagues upstairs, who describe our holdings, these materials are now discoverable. By discoverable I mean a patron can utilize our online catalog (such as by searching by author, or title, or subject) to find these materials.

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On the Shelf: New items added to Center for Restoration Studies collections, February 2021

In February our colleagues in Technical Services and Cataloging added 107 items to the rare books, University Archives, and Center for Restoration Studies collections.  Most of the items added this month supplemented the books, periodicals (bound and unbound), and A/V subsets within the Restoration collection.  The University Archive and Taylor Hymnal collections also received a few new items.  Some of the additions are newly published, others are new-to-us, and still others represent a second copy or a new-to-us edition or printing.

Abilene Christian College. Prickly Pear, Yearbook of Abilene Christian College, 1952, yearbook, 1952; Abilene, Texas. University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Abilene Christian University Library.

Our goal is to build a comprehensive research-level collection of print materials by, for, and about the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement.  But beyond assembly and preservation, a collection should be discoverable by those who need the information.  Collecting and preserving is only part of our task; those objects must be described and made available.  Thanks to the close and careful work of our colleagues upstairs, who describe our holdings, these materials are now discoverable. By discoverable I mean a patron can utilize our online catalog (such as by searching by author, or title, or subject) to find these materials.

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On the Shelf: New items added to Center for Restoration Studies collections, January 2021

In January our colleagues in Technical Services and Cataloging added 119 items to the rare books, University Archives, and Center for Restoration Studies collections.  Many of the new items are bound issues of several mid and late 20th century news-oriented periodicals (Christian Worker, Christian Chronicle, Rocky Mountain Christian, and Christian Journal). These additions either filled in gaps or gave us second copies. We also received a very nice run of the Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches.  For these reasons the list below represents more items than meets the eye.  As I compile this list each month I don’t include duplicate entries for every item.  For example, there is no need to list ‘Christian Journal‘ eight or nine times. Once will do even though we received multiple bound volumes. The unbound, single issue periodicals continue to be a special focus of cooperation between Special Collections and Technical Services, but in January the monographs and periodicals received their due attention.  And there are more in the pipeline now, so next months’ report should list even more books that fill out our collection.  Also this month are a few new catalog records for some archival collections.  Each archival collection also receives a library catalog entry.  Amanda has prepared updated, or new, findings aids for a couple dozen collections, and we will roll out those announcements regularly, so stay tuned.

I want to mention, again, that institutional newsletters and periodicals remain a collecting focus.  See the lists of recent acquisitions in the October and November 2020 reports.  Newsletters, catalogs and yearbooks from sister schools across the Restoration Movement remain a collecting focus.  If you can help us build out this set of materials, contact Mac at mac.ice@acu.edu.

Abilene Christian College. Prickly Pear, Yearbook of Abilene Christian College, 1952, yearbook, 1952; Abilene, Texas. University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Abilene Christian University Library.

Our goal is to build a comprehensive research-level collection of print materials by, for, and about the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement.  But beyond assembly and preservation, a collection should be discoverable by those who need the information.  Collecting and preserving is only part of our task; those objects must be described and made available.  Thanks to the close and careful work of our colleagues upstairs, who describe our holdings, these materials are now discoverable. By discoverable I mean a patron can utilize our online catalog (such as by searching by author, or title, or subject) to find these materials.

119 new items…cataloged, shelved, and ready for research:  Continue reading