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I have been collecting hymnals for several years and have over 100 of them dating from the 1800s to late 1900s. I need to part with them and need to know how to do that. Anyone who is interested in them can certainly have them for shipping costs or pick up. (Located in San Francisco, CA.) 

Thanks for any help,



If I knew what hymnals were involved I might be interested. If they are in good shape, a charity that sells used books might be a good place to donate them. If many of them are rarities, a university or seminary library might want them. (One of the Claremont schools has a particularly exhaustive hymnal collection.) Just thinking with my phone's keyboard...


I do have a spreadsheet of the hymnals, listing title, date of publication, and publisher.

Can you post the list where those who might be interested can see if? Or email it to me at rosharuo@gmail.com

It is The Hymnal, Army and Navy, Ed. by Ivan L. Bennett, United States Government Printing Office, Washington, 1942. Would Hymnary.org like a list of contents?

We have this hymnal (https://hymnary.org/hymnal/ANH1942), but it needs editing. There is training involved to become an editor; see https://hymnary.org/wiki

I am retired and now have time to deal with a hymnal collection that has been 40 years in the making. It contains over 150 hymnals, psalters, liturgical books and sacred song books, the oldest dating to early 1800s. Included are books from England, France, Germany, China, and the United States (including Shaker). To begin, I would like to ask opinions concerning the best spreadsheet currently recommended (how detailed, user friendly, possibly able to attach photos, etc.) Secondly, once I complete the spreadsheet, what advice does anyone have for professional appraisal of the collection? Following appraisal, what advice can you give for advertising this collection to potentially interested parties? At this point, I am undecided as to whether the collection might be sold, or given to a charitable institution for taxable purposes.  


Thank you

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