Religion: Candler's Coup

The top five theological libraries in the U.S. have for decades been within a day's journey of one another—at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Manhattan's Union Theological Seminary and Connecticut's Hartford Seminary Foundation. More recently Berkeley's Graduate Theological Union and the Chicago Divinity School have been correcting the imbalance in the West, but there has been no collection below the Mason-Dixon line to match the luster of those in the Northeast. Now that has changed. Last week the final shipment of some 220,000 volumes—nearly 4% shelf miles of books—from Hartford's superb collection went South, bound for the library of Candler School of Theology,...

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