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C. Benton Kline, Jr. Special Collections and Archives

In 1996, the Board of Trustees established and named the Special Collections and Archives, in honor of Dr. C. Benton Kline, Jr., who served the seminary from 1969–2004, in numerous roles, most notably: President, Academic Dean and Theology Professor. 

The mission of the Special Collections and Archives is to document Columbia’s history, collect and care for collections of personal and Columbia’s materials relating to specific subject areas, and to provide records management services to churches and presbyteries located in states that are part of the Southern stream of the Presbyterian Church. The collection is composed of a large variety of materials, including institutional records (for the Seminary, well as select presbyteries and congregations), rare theological works, faculty publications, and personal papers. 

Responsibilities in the department are divided into two main areas: archives and rare books. As a general rule most unpublished materials such as meeting minutes, personal papers and artifacts are managed by the Archives. Notable collections include the Presbyterian Local Church History collection and the Mary Bray Spence collection of crosses and religious symbols.

The Rare Books area manages published materials such as select Bibles, theological works in the reformed tradition, faculty publications and student dissertations.  Notable items include a Geneva Bible dated 1603, early Confessions of Faith and the Columbia Series in Reformed Theology. 

The C. Benton Kline, Jr. Special Collections and Archives is located in the library on 3W.  Access to the collections is by appointment.  Requests for appointments may be made via e-mail to:  

For questions regarding archives please contact:


For questions regarding rare books or published materials please contact:

Linda Davis, Rare Books Librarian
Phone: 404 687-4615