Rare Books and Special Collections

The mission of the C. Benton Kline Special Collections and Archives Rare Books area is to support the mission of Columbia Theological Seminary by providing rare and historic materials that support the institution’s curriculum and research and preserve the history of the Seminary, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and the broader Reformed tradition.

The collection is divided into three main areas: Rare Books, Columbia Seminary History & Faculty publications, and Columbia Seminary Advanced Degree Theses. The collection is open for use by advance appointment.

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. At this time, materials are not accessible through the library’s catalog.  Please contact the Archives for assistance.

CTS History & Faculty Publications

Includes materials about the history of Columbia Theological Seminary, 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 archive collects the dissertations, projects, and theses from Columbia’s advanced degree programs.   More recent theses are available in print and electronic format.