Google Books "gift" to researchers, Universalists

I have hundreds, and probably well over a thousand dollars’ worth, of eighteen to twentieth century Universalist imprints slowly gathered over the years. I got each new title as I could — first through specialist book dealers then eBay plus gifts — because they are so hard to come by, and one chance of buying any given title might be the only one I got.

Then Google and a number of major university libraries changed all that. It is very encouraging to see these old titles scanned and made available. I guess my hand-transcribing days are behind me (and good riddance.)

There are so many titles available, and Universalist ones in particular, that I don’t know where to start. A personal favorite, Menzies Raynor’s 1839 The Universalist Manual: or book of prayers and other religious exercises is largely a prayer book adapted for lay use, and the kind of all-in-one book that got a lot of Universalist churches started independently. (Raynor was an Episcopalian before a Universalist minister.)

A nice touch: the digitized copy, from Harvard, was given by Thomas Whittemore.

2 Replies to “Google Books "gift" to researchers, Universalists”

  1. Do you have some good ideas about how to build an annotated directory to these texts? I highlighted Unitarian Frederic Henry Hedge’s “Reason and Religion” when I discovered its full text on the web, but I haven’t yet seen a project to gather these liberal theology classics together in a single list. A wiki, perhaps? Maybe you’ve started one or come across a similar list?

  2. There are at least a couple more of Whittemore donated books on Google.

    (and no tp “Phil” about knowing a directory – I asked about this when I discovered an Enoch Pingree debate book a couple years book – preGooglebooks – ))

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