Patrick Henry College
PHC Library recently completed sorting and processing a donation of nearly 2,000 items related to American history. These materials were donated by Mr. and Mrs. James B. Rose and the late antiquarian, William M. Hosmer, of the American Christian History Institute (ACHI).
ACHI “was established to re-educate the American Christian in his responsibility to be governed by principles of the Scriptures in all areas of life, including the civil sphere, and to restore the understanding and practice of local self-government.” (from ACHI website www.achipa.com).
“Their gift to Patrick Henry College will be a fabulous resource to all students,” says Charlessa McConnell, Director of the PHC Library, “both those researching for a history project and those just interested in America’s past.”
All of the materials in this donation, she added, were collected ”specifically because Mr. and Mrs. Rose and Mr. Hosmer were inspired to study America’s Christian History by one of America’s foremost Christian historians, Miss Verna M. Hall.”
The collection includes original source materials, writings of the founding fathers, documents of the revolutionary war, and other general books about that era which Miss Hall introduced to the donors. Interestingly, she noted, more than 650 of the items were published prior to 1900 -- with a couple of publication dates in the late 17th century.
“It's been very exciting and frustrating going through this collection,” Mrs. McConnell explained. “Exciting because so many of the books are excellent additions to our collection, frustrating because the older books are often in such a fragile condition that they require special handling--something we don't have abundant space for at the moment and which restricts the availability of the materials to students.”
Mr. Rose, President of ACHI, and Superintendent of American Christian Academy home-school program (over 500 northern California families and about 1,200 students) contacted Patrick Henry College in August of 2006 offering the materials. When Mr. Rose moved in October, seventy-seven boxes of books were shipped from California to Virginia. Due to the size of the donation and limited staff in the library, the sorting and processing of the donation were not completed until April 2007.
According to Mrs. McConnell, the library is in the process of preserving and archiving these older materials, hoping there will be facilities available in the future for students to use these fragile resources.
Bookplates inside the front cover recognize the donors of these and many other materials in the PHC Library collection.