Tuesday, September 13, 2011

25th Anniversary of Baptist Archives at C-N

The Mildred L. Iddins Special Collections is proud to announce the 25th Anniversary of the Baptist Archives! In 1986 Carson-Newman was commissioned along with Belmont University and Union University to maintain a collection of materials documenting Baptist history for their respective regions. Over the years our collections have grown through the efforts of numerous people including Rev. Glenn A. Toomey, former Archivist Sue Lynn McGuire and Librarian Emeritus Imogene Brewer. In October of 1999 the renovated Baptist Archives was dedicated during the Founders' Day chapel.

In 2007 Belmont University broke ties with the Tennessee Baptist Convention and their collection was returned and placed in storage. This past year we asked for and received permission from the TBC to be the repository for this material, enabling Carson-Newman to now house the East and Middle Tennessee Baptist Archives. We are grateful to Dwayne King and David Henderson for making the trip to Brentwood to pick up and deliver these wonderful records.

As a “faith based” archives, we believe that in preserving materials documenting the history of Carson-Newman and Baptists, we are keeping a record of God’s work in the lives of His people. As David wrote in Psalm 22:30, “Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord.”

Special thanks go to Susanne Cate and Charles Key for the wonderful logo they desgined for our collection.

We are located in the Maples' wing on the third floor of the library. Please come by and see us!

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