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C. Benton Kline, Jr. Special Collections and Archives
The Library collects and preserves materials relating to the history of Columbia Theological Seminary and the Presbyterian Church (USA) in the C. Benton Kline, Jr. Special Collections and Archives, which was named for a retired dean, president and theology professor. The archives include, but are not limited to, institutional papers and records, faculty papers and records, CTS faculty publications, and CTS student theses.
Special collections also contains a rare book collection that includes books published before 1866, books classified as UNION, and other old, rare or brittle items. The core of the rare book collection came from the library of Thomas Smyth, an early 19th century southern Presbyterian pastor. The Library is currently trying to reassemble the private collection of Rev. Smyth.
The special collections area is located on 3West and is kept locked at all times. Access to special collections is by appointment only. Materials may be used in the reference area on 2W upon approval of the librarian, but may not be checked out of the building. Forms requesting materials from special collections are available at the reference desk.
Staff persons responsible for area:
Chris Paton, Archivist
Linda Davis, Rare Book Cataloger