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Internet Resources

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary
From the web site’s introductory statement: “The Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary is a database and indexed archive of public-domain hymn tunes and chants in electronic formats including MIDI files, printable sheet music, and editable electronic musical scores, that have been donated to the Christian Classics Ethereal Library. It does not include hymn texts or lyrics.”
Cyber Hymnal
Find hymns by title, topic, Scripture reference, and more. Search for hymn tunes by name and meter. Includes hymn histories with pictures, MIDI clips, lyrics, and alternate tunes. A great resource!
Hymn Resources on the Internet
Maintained by Douglas Anderson of the University of Alabama Libraries; useful collection of links organized by topics such as Hymn History, Hymn Texts, etc.
Hymn Society in the United States and Canada
Mission statement and membership information for The Hymn Society.

Selected Library Holdings – current periodicals

Bulletin / The Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland. [Oxford?]: The Society, 1937-. H997grb

The Hymn. [Fort Worth, TX, etc.,: Hymn Society of America], 1949-. H997

The Hymnology Annual. Berrien Springs, MI: Vande Vere Pub., c1991. 264.2.H997a vols.

The Stanza. [Springfield, OH]: Hymn Society of America, 1977-. St26za

The Verse. [Ft. Worth, TX]: Hymn Society of America, 1986-. V614se

Selected Library Holdings – books, scores, and audiovisuals by topic

To browse the shelves by call numbers:

  • Sacred vocal scores – M 2110 forward
  • Gospel song books – 783.7 and M 2198
  • Hymnals – 783.9

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Bibliographies, Dictionaries, and Resource Lists

Claghorn, Charles Eugene. Women Composers and Hymnists: A Concise Biographical Dictionary. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1984. 927.8.C519w

de Hoon, Jos, Simeon Bodden, and Peter Becker. Bibliography of Hymns and Gregorian Chant from the Sixteenth Century to 1991. Utrecht: Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht, 1996. Ref 016.7839.H765b

Diehl, Katharine Smith. Hymns and Tunes: An Index. New York: Scarecrow Press, 1966. Ref 016.7839.D563h

Ellinwood, Leonard, ed. Dictionary of American Hymnology: First Line Index. New York: University Music Editions, 1984. 783.9016.D561a Microfilm

Julian, John, ed. A Dictionary of Hymnology. New York: Dover Publications, 1957. READY REF 264.203.J942d, 1985, (1907), 2 vols

McCutchan, Robert G. Hymn Tune Names. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1957. Ref 783.9.M139h

McDormand, Thomas B., and Frederic S. Crossman. Judson Concordance to Hymns. Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 1965. Ref 245.203.M147j

Music, David W. Hymnology: A Collection of Source Readings. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, c1996. 264.2.M973h

Rogal, Samuel J. Guide to the Hymns and Tunes of American Methodism. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1986. Ref 016.264076.R63g

Studwell, William E. Christmas Carols: A Reference Guide. New York: Garland, 1985. Ref 016.78365.St94c

Temperley, Nicholas. The Hymn Tune Index: A Census of English-Language Hymn Tunes in Printed Sources from 1535 to 1820. 4 vols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1998. Ref 016.7839.H997t Vv.1-4

Thomson, Ronald W. Who’s Who of Hymn Writers. London: Epworth Press, 1967. 245.0922.T386w

Wasson, D. DeWitt, comp. Hymntune Index and Related Hymn Materials. 4 vols. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 1998. Ref 016.7839.W288h Vv.1-4

Wasson, D. DeWitt, comp. Hymntune Index and Related Hymn Materials. [CD-ROM] Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 2001. MSL CIRC. DESK 0167839.W288h CD-ROM

Watson, J.R., ed. An Annotated Anthology of Hymns. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002. 264.2.An78a

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Ethnic/Regional Styles and Practices

Bealle, John. Public Worship, Private Faith: Sacred Harp and American Folksong. Athens, [GA]: University of Georgia Press, c1997. 264.2.B366p

Eskew, Harry, David W. Music, and Paul A. Richardson. Singing Baptists: Studies in Baptist Hymnody in America. Nashville, TN: Church Street Press, c1994. 783.02661.Es42s

Heskes, Irene. The Resource Book of Jewish Music. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1985. Ref 016.78172924 .H461r

Idelsohn, A. Z. (Abraham Zebi). Jewish Music in Its Historical Development. New York: H. Holt and Company, [c1929]. 264.2.Id2j

Kroeger, Karl. American Fuging-Tunes, 1770-1820: A Descriptive Catalog. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1994. Ref 016.7834.K913a

Kroeger, Karl, ed. [et al.]. Music of the New American Nation. 15 vols. New York: Garland Publishing, 1995-. MUS REF M 2116.Am31

Laster, James. Christian Hymnody in Iran. Thesis (Ph. D.). [Nashville, TN]: George Peabody College for Teachers, 1973. 264.20955.L339c

Lornell, Kip. Happy in the Service of the Lord: Afro-American Gospel Quartets in Memphis. Urbana, [IL]: University of Illinois Press, c1988. 784.756.L893h

Metcalf, Frank J. American Psalmody. New York: Da Capo Press, 1968. Ref 016.780973.M565a

Nulman, Macy. Concise Encyclopedia of Jewish Music. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Co., [1975]. Ref 016.78172924.N913c

Patterson, Beverly Bush. The Sound of the Dove: Singing in Appalachian Primitive Baptist Churches. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, c1995. 783.02664.P277s

Reagon, Bernice Johnson. We’ll Understand It Better By and By: Pioneering African American Gospel Composers. Washington: Smithsonian, 1992. 927.80922.W458u

Seipt, Allen Anders. Schwenkfelder Hymnology and the Sources of the First Schwenkfelder Hymn-Book Printed in America. Philadelphia: Americana Germanica Press, 1909. [New York, AMS Press, 1971]. 264.2.Sch98s

Sendrey, Alfred. Bibliography of Jewish Music. New York: Columbia University Press, 1951. Ref 016.7830296.Se55b

Stevenson, Arthur Linwood. The Story of Southern Hymnology. Salem, VA: A. L. Stevenson; Roanoke, VA., Printed by the Stone Printing and Manufacturing Co., c1931. 245.2.St48s

Summit, Jeffrey A. The Lord’s Song in a Strange Land: Music and Identity in Contemporary Jewish Worship. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, . 783.0296.Su64L

Watson, J. R. (John Richard). The English Hymn: A Critical and Historical Study. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997. 264.2.W334e

Zahn, Johannes. Die Melodien der deutschen evangelischen Kirchenlieder. 6 vols. Gutersloh: Bertelsmann, 1889-93; reprint, Olms: Hildesheim, 1963. Ref 245.3.Z13m

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Historical Styles and Practices

Boyer, Horace Clarence. How Sweet the Sound: The Golden Age of Gospel. Washington, D.C.: Elliott & Clark, c1995. 783.67.B695h

Bradley, Ian C. Abide with Me: The World of Victorian Hymns. London: SCM Press, 1997. 264.209.B728a

Bryden, John R. and David G. Hughes. An Index of Gregorian Chant. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1969. 783.5016.B843i 2 vols

Conomos, Dimitri E. The Late Byzantine and Slavonic Communion Cycle: Liturgy and Music. Washington, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, c1985. 264.01902.C763-l

Duncan, Edmondstoune. The Story of the Carol. Detroit: Omnigraphics, 1992. 783.62.D912s, 1992, (1911)

Eskew, Harry and Hugh T. McElrath. Sing with Understanding: An Introduction to Christian Hymnology. 2nd ed., rev. and exp. Nashville, TN: Church Street Press, c1995. 264.2.Es42s 1995

Hustad, Donald P. Post-Gutenberg Hymnody. [Louisville, KY: Southern Baptist
Theological Seminary], 1987. [videorecording] VT 406 [U-MATIC]

Music, David W. Christian Hymnody in Twentieth-Century Britain and America: An Annotated Bibliography. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2001. Ref 016.7839.M973c

Routley, Erik. A Panorama of Christian Hymnody. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, c1979. 264.2.R765p

The Story of the Carol. TSW Production. Princeton, NJ: Films for the Humanities & Sciences, c1993. [videorecording] VT 4081 [VHS]

Wagner, Peter. Introduction to the Gregorian Melodies: A Handbook of Plainsong. London: The Plainsong & Mediaeval Music Society, [1901]. 783.5.W125iEo

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Hymnals and Hymnal Companions

Adams, Jere V., ed. Handbook to The Baptist Hymnal. Nashville: Convention Press, 1992. Ready Ref. 783.95.B229t 1992

Bibliography of American Hymnals. [microform] Compiled by the Hymn Society of America from the files of the Dictionary of American Hymnology. New York: University Music Editions, c1983. Ref 016.7839.B471a

Hedger, Wayne L. Baptist Hymnal Indices: Considering the 1991 Baptist Hymnal, 1975 Baptist Hymnal, 1956 Baptist Hymnal, and the 1940 Broadman Hymnal. Cleveland, Tennessee: Glory Press, 1993. Ref 016.7839.B229hi

Hustad, Donald P. Dictionary-Handbook to Hymns for the Living Church; with the History of Hope Publishing Company and Its Divisions and Affiliates, by George H. Shorney Jr. Carol Stream, IL: Hope Publishing Company, c1978. 783.95.H968d

Ray, James D. The Hymnal Reference Manual: An Index of Hymns, Hymntunes, Keys, Scripture, References, Classifications and Key Words. North Charleston, SC: SoftRay Resources, 1991. [Includes the following hymnals: The Baptist Hymnal (1991), The Baptist Hymnal (1975), The Baptist Hymnal (1956), The New Broadman Hymnal (1977), The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration, Hymns for the Family of God, Worship His Majesty.] Ref 016.7839.R212h 1991

Reynolds, William J. Companion to Baptist Hymnal. Nashville: Broadman Press, 1976. Ref 783.95.B229h 1975

Rodeheaver, Homer A. Hymnal Handbook for Standard Hymns and Gospel Songs. Chicago: Rodeheaver Co., 1931. 783.95.R613h

Schneider, Tina M. Hymnal Collections of North America. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 2003. Ref 016.2642.Sch58h

Stanislaw, Richard J. and Donald P. Hustad. Companion to the Worshiping Church: A Hymnal. Carol Stream, IL: Hope Publishing Co., 1993. 783.95.W898cha