Hymnody collection, 1753-1891.


EXTENT:  6 cubic ft. (12 legal archives boxes)

ACCESS: Unrestricted.  [Stored off site.  Forty eight hours advance notice required to access collection.]

REPRODUCTION: No photocopies may be made due to the fragile condition of the original items.

COPYRIGHT: Information on copyright (literary rights) available from repository.

CITATION:  Silas H. Paine Hymnody collection, MSS 198, Archives and Manuscripts Dept., Pitts Theology Library,
 Emory University.

Biographical Note

In the introduction to Stories of the Great Hymns of the Church, Luther D. Wishard describes Silas H. Paine as follows: "A busy official of a corporation of world-wide note, he took time throughout a period of forty years to assemble a large and rare collection of hymn books and also to compile a mass of incidents concerning hymns, their authorship, the causes which gave them birth, and their influence upon lives."  An executive at a lubricating plant in the Rockefeller Group, Paine is also remembered for having donated his Silver Bay, NY, property to the YMCA to serve as a conference center for the training and educating of young people in foreign missions.

Scope and Content Note

The collection is mainly comprised of eighteen scrapbooks compiled by Silas H. Paine.  The scrapbooks contain sacred poetry and articles pertaining to hymnology taken from numerous publications, including London Magazine, Universal Magazine, Methodist Magazine, Arminian Magazine, and Evangelical Magazine, as well as many actual hymns.  Each of these scrapbooks is carefully indexed by Paine.  Also in the collection is a manuscript of "Hymn Incidents," which appears to be the preliminary manuscript of a book of hymns published by Paine in the mid-1920's.  Of further interest may be the inclusion of numerous engraved portraits of various clergy, including John Wesley, in the back of the volume entitled "Annotations on Laudes Domini & C. B."

Box   Folder   Description                                      Date
1       1      Annotations on Laudes Domini & C. B. (portraits) 1779-1891
1       2      German and Latin hymns                           n.d.
2       1      Hymn Incidents                                   1892
2       2      Hymn originals, vol. 1                           1753-1889
3       1      Hymn originals, vol. 2                           1767-1890
4       1      Hymn originals, vol. 3                           1758-1890
5       1      Hymn originals, vol. 4                           1806-1891
5       2      Hymn originals, vol. 5                           1810-1890
6       1      Hymn tunes and chants                            1865-1883
6       2      Hymnology scrapbooks, vol. 1                     1821-1889
7       1      Hymnology scrapbooks, vol. 2                     1829-1889
7       2      Hymnology scrapbooks, vol. 3                     1821-1883
8       1      Hymnology scrapbooks, vol. 4                     1820-1890
9       1      Hymnology scrapbooks, vol. 5                     1800-1890
10      1      Hymnology scrapbooks, vol. 6                     1817-1890
11      1      Hymnology scrapbooks, vol. 7                     1815-1891
11      2      Hymnology scrapbooks, vol. 8                     1830-1891
12      1      Hymnology scrapbooks, vol. 9                     1827-1891
12      2      Psalmody scrapbook                               1837-1844

Last Modified: 3/31/05