Special Collections

Special Collections support the mission of Columbia Theological Seminary by providing rare and historic materials that support the institution’s curriculum and research.

Special Collections is divided into three main areas: Rare Books, Columbia Seminary History & Faculty publications, and Columbia Seminary Advanced Degree Theses.   They are availalble through the library’s catalog.  The collection is open for in-person use by advance appointment.  To make an appointment, contact the Public Services Librarian Erica Durham at durhame@ctsnet.edu

Rare Books

The Rare Books collection is composed primarily of titles concerning the history and theology of the Reformed tradition published prior to 1831.  Strengths in this collection include reformed history, theology titles, missionary accounts, the covenanters/dissenters movement, Confession(s) of faith, and sermons.

CTS History & Faculty Publications

The CTS History & Faculty Publications includes materials about Columbia Theological Seminary history, books published by Columbia’s faculty, selected works by seminary administration and alumni, and the Columbia Series in Reformed Theology.

CTS Advanced Degrees Theses

The CTS Advanced Degree collection includes dissertations, projects, and theses from Columbia’s advanced degree programs.   More recent theses are available in print and electronic format through the institutional repository.