Eskew Hymnology Collection Acquired

March 23, 2004

The Baylor University Libraries have acquired the library of world-renowned hymnologist Dr. Harry Eskew. Now in processing, the collection will be available in the Crouch Fine Arts Library of Moody Memorial Library. Rare materials will be stored in the Polk Rare Book Room.

After conducting an analysis of Baylor's hymnological and church music holdings for the School of Music, Dr. Eskew concluded that Baylor was the most promising setting for significant use of his library. 'This was a powerful affirmation of the music school's reputation,' said Dr. Terry York, associate professor of Christian ministry and church music.

Dr. Eskew, who lives in Macon, Ga., is professor emeritus of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he served on the faculty for 36 years, teaching music history and hymnology and serving as music librarian.

Accumulated over a period of 40 years, the Eskew Hymnological Collection consists of some 2,200 volumes of hymnals, hymnology books and journals, and related volumes on worship and church music. The collection also contains over 250 hymnological reference works, many of them rare.

This collection, woven into Baylor's existing hymnological holdings, makes the university an increasingly important site for the study of congregational song for students, faculty and visiting scholars,' Dr. York noted.