Joint Commission on the Revision of the Hymnal. Records

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Joint Commission on the Revision of the Hymnal. Records


  • 1939-1948 (Creation)


.3 cu. ft. (1 box)


The Joint Commission on the Revision of the Hymnal oversaw the preparation and publication of the revised Hymnal, with the goal of presenting it to the General Convention in 1940 for approval. It was renewed in 1943, 1946, and 1949 to continue work on a companion handbook to the Hymnal that would contain authoritative information about the words, music, and authors of the hymns found in The Hymnal 1940.

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The records document the revision of the Hymnal 1940 and the subsequent companion handbook that was published in 1949. Earlier history is covered by documents gathered on the previous Hymnal 1916. The archive includes correspondence to and from chair person Winfred Douglas and other members of the Commission (including Arthur Farlander, who succeeded Douglas), notes on hymn revisions and changes, a copy of the Commission's report to the 1940 General Convention, reports from the Tunes Committee, and essays and reflections on The Hymnal 1940 after its publication.


Hymnal 1940, 1939-1946, n.d.
Hymnal 1940 Companion, 1941-1948, n.d.

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