American Hymnody Collection: This collection traces the development of hymnody in America from colonial days to the present. The collection consists of hymnals used (but not necessarily published) in the United States. The collection began in 1995 shortly after the university purchased a group of older American hymnals and songbooks. Since then, donations have been received from across the country, as well as from foreign countries, to help expand the collection. The collection currently numbers about 967 volumes and spans 1739-2007. Online catalog.