Library Donation from Trinity Church, Wall Street
by Susanah Hanson
Over the summer, the Archivist at Trinity Wall Street in New York City contacted us to ask if we could provide a new home for some old books. Trinity Wall Street has a fabulous Archives collection but not a library, and the building in which the books had been stored was slated for demolition. A member of the Archivist’s staff highly recommended Trinity as a new home for the books.
The books are too old and fragile to withstand a shipping company transit, so we decided to transport the books by a private vehicle. Geoff Mackey, Director of Distance Learning, and Aidan Smith, Director of Extension Partnerships, volunteered to drive to New York City to pick the books up.
We received just over 450 old and rare books. Most of the books are from the nineteenth or early twentieth centuries, although there are several items older than that. The oldest book in the collection was published in 1695: Christian Life by John Scott. In addition to Bibles and Books of Common Prayer, the collection also includes hymnals, service music, dictionaries, and commentaries.
The books are waiting to be cataloged and will eventually make their way to their new home in the climate-controlled Rare Book Room in Trinity’s Library.