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Trask Library Collections

The General Collection
Andover Newton's library collection contains approximately 200,000 volumes of which 140,000 are located in the Trask Library. The remaining volumes, primarily periodicals and 19th century theological works, are housed at the Andover-Harvard Theological Library at the Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge. Dating from the first half of the nineteenth-century, our collection has considerable historical depth in every field from biblical studies to pastoral ministry. We have particularly strong collections in the fields of Congregational and Baptist histories, modern Protestant theology, and religion and psychology.

Named Book Collections

  • Ann Hasseltine Judson Collection of Mission Studies

  • Henry Obookiah Collection of Pacific-Asian Studies

  • Alberto Rembao Collection of Hispanic-American Studies

  • George Washington Williams Collection of Afro-American Studies

    • Unitarian Universalist Women's Heritage Society Collection

    The books in these named collections are shelved in the stacks along with other books of similar subjects. If you desire to find a listing of the books in these collections, you can use the feature on our library catalog that allows you to search by "series."
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    Ann Hasseltine Judson Collection of Mission Studies
    Ann Hasseltine Judson (Dec. 22, 1789-Oct. 24, 1826), with her husband Adoniram Judson, was a pioneer American missionary to Burma. Courageous and devoted, she endured the pain of separated associations when she converted from Congregationalist to Baptist; the perils of 19th century travel; the death of an infant son; the stress of marriage to a husband imprisoned 17 months; and her own compromised health on the mission field.

    The Judson Collection contains monographs pertaining to world missions and ecumenical studies that have been added to the circulating collection since 1986. A book plate is placed in the front of each volume. Funds for this collection come from the Friends of the Library account.
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    Henry Obookiah Collection of Pacific-Asian Studies
    Born on Owhyhee (Hawaii), Henry Opukaha'ia (Obookiah) (c.1792-Feb. 17, 1818) went from being an orphaned, isolated, disheartened, Hawaiian speaking, idol worshipper to becoming a world traveler, a student of English, Greek and Hebrew, a professing Christian, a church member, a candidate for Christian ministry, a translator of the Scriptures into Hawaiian, the originator of a Hawaiian alphabet, a speaker who evoked positive responses for missions when making his appeals in English throughout New England. His Memoirs detail the fascinating story of the remarkable man.

    The Obookiah Collection contains monographs pertaining to Pacific and Asian religious studies that have been added to the collection since 1986. A bookplate is placed in the front of each volume. Funds for this collection come from the Friends of the Library account.
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    Alberto Rembao Collection of Hispanic-American Studies
    Clergyman, writer and ecumenist, Alberto Rembao (1895-1962) was a forerunner of the emerging Hispanic theology in the United States. He taught at several schools in his native Mexico, Cuba and the U.S. From 1933-62 he edited La neuva democracia, a periodical founded in 1920 to reach Latin American intellectuals with the Christian message. Under his editorial guidance it became the most influential Hispanic theological-cultural journal in the Americas.

    The Rembao Collection contains monographs pertaining to Hispanic-American religious studies that have been added to the collection since 1986. A bookplate is placed in the front of each volume. Funds for this collection come from the Friends of the Library account.
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    George Washington Williams Collection of Afro-American Studies
    African-American Baptist clergyman, Union colonel, journalist, author, lawyer and state representative, George Washington Williams (Oct. 16, 1849-Aug. 4, 1891) made a critical survey of the conditions in Congo Free State that led to international outrage of the methods that Belgium officials employed to exploit the African region's people and resources.

    The Williams Collection contains monographs pertaining to African-American religious studies that have been added to the collection since 1986. A bookplate is placed in the front of each volume. Funds for this collection come from the Friends of the Library account.

    Unitarian Universalist Women's Heritage Society Collection

    The collection was given to the Trask Library in 2011.The collection highlights the role and writings of Unitarian, Universalist and other women in the 19th and 20th century social, literary, and religious life of the United States. The collection also includes histories of Unitarian and Universalist churches.

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