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be given it in that building and negotiations were begun to bring it to
Wake Forest, under special provisions which did not surrender the
claim of the Convention to the material. The removal was begun at
that time but was not completed until the fireproof extension to the
Library was built in
Another agency of the Baptist Historical Society was the staff of the
North Carolina Baptist Historical Papers, which began publication in
October, 1896 and continued regularly for three years. This staff
consisted of T. M. Pittman, N. B. Cobb, and J. D. Hufham, and later
T. J. Taylor. Into their hands came many manuscripts, church records,
minutes of associations, and pamphlets, which eventually, after 1932,
came into the possession of the Library. Among these were the
original record books of some of the early Baptist churches of North
Carolina, that of Dutchman's Creek and that of Sandy Run in Bertie
County, both dating from 1772, and that of Yoppim, Chowan County,
dating from 1796, and several others of the eighteenth century.
So much directly and indirectly the Library has profited by being
the depository of the Historical Society. It was, as has been said, only
after 1920 that the chief additions from this source came in. Even then
they came because of increased activity at the College, especially by
the librarian, Mrs. E. T. Crittenden, who as has been said above, has
had the chief part in bringing the Baptist Collection to its present size
and value, though in it all she has had industrious cooperation, first by
Dr. C. C. Pearson, who for some years was special "collector" of
Baptist material and provided by the Trustees with an annual
appropriation of $100 for the purpose, and later, since 1925 in
particular, by G. W. Paschal.24
The last of this material, for the most part early minutes of the Baptist State
Convention, was delivered by Secretary M. A. Huggins in 1933.
Something of the zeal and interest of Mrs. Crittenden in this work of collecting
may be seen in the following extract from her report for 1939-40: "Soon after her
appointment the librarian visualized the importance of establishing at Wake Forest a
collection of Baptist materials. With this in mind she lost no opportunity for
interviewing those owning libraries, for writing letters, nor even for visiting distant
points in hope of adding to the
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