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Old hymnal research

My church has a number of old hymnals and song books that are possibly from the early-mid 1900s. There are actually two that were published in the late 1800s. Other than googling various info on each book, is there one general site I can go to for a lot of the research?  We're trying to decide what to keep and what to give away or sell.
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on June 23, 2013 6:10am
Try hymnary.org for a starting point.  I wouldn't say they could provide a lot of information, but it is a great site.
on June 23, 2013 11:19am
I don't know of a website, but you might contact a church music professor from one of the universities in your area, or one of the many Christian universities in the south. Most of them are well-versed in "hymnal history", and when you decide which ones to sell, they may buy them from you, as many of them are also collectors.
on June 23, 2013 6:09pm
Maybe contact The Hymn Society?
http://www.thehymnsociety.org
on June 24, 2013 2:36am
The hymnary on www.oremus.org might help.
on June 24, 2013 5:04am
Whether you are a seasoned or a new collector, client service representatives and specialists are available to assist you should you have questions regarding buying or selling, or wish to have an object from your collection valued: Sotheyby's Books and Manuscripts.  New York: + 1 212 606 7385
 
The Bay Psalm Book is to be sold at Sotheby's on November 26, 2013.  It is expected to bring as much as $30M. http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/2013/the-bay-psalm-book-sale-n09039/overview.html
Good Luck!
on June 24, 2013 4:16pm
As a collector of old hymnals, I can tell you that many of them do not have value because of the sheer volume they were printed in. Even at high end used book stores, I'm buying most of my hymnals anywhere from $1-5 each. I think the most I've paid is $15 for a more rare one. I also second the Hymnary link - because they have many of the older hymnals indexed.
 
CJ
 
on July 28, 2013 6:07pm
You can look to see if similar editions are for sale in a variety of online bookstores through:
bookfinder.com
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