Many books in my library have been used to gather information for the almanac feature of this blog. These resources span over 130 years (more, if we count reprints). Some volumes are out of print and unavailable now. And to augment the information they contain, my study over the years has also involved web searches, e-mails, letters and phone calls to dig out the facts. The Bibliography also recognizes the great help I have found at the Cyber Hymnal website–a site to which I have been an occasional contributor. Also included below is a sampling of hymnals and song books that were useful. (I have dozens more that could have been listed.)
Anderson, Robert, and North, Gail. Gospel Music Encyclopedia. New York: Sterling Publishing Company Incorporated, 1979.
Avery, Gordon. Companion to the Song Book of the Salvation Army. London: Salvationist Publishing and Supplies Limited, 1961.
Bailey, Albert E. The Gospel in Hymns. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1950.
Barr, Robert. Praise Ye the Lord! Toronto: Evangelical Publishers, 1949.
Barrows, Cliff, and Hustad, Donald P. Crusader Hymns. Carol Stream: Hope Publishing Company, 1966.
Baxter, Clarice, and Polk, Videt. Gospel Song Writers Biography. Dallas: Stamps-Baxter Music & Printing Company, 1971
Beattie. David J. The Romance of Sacred Song. London: Marshall, Morgan & Scott, Ltd., 1931.
Benson, Louis F. The Hymnody of the Christian Church. Richmond: John Knox Press, 1956 (reprinted from 1927).
______. Studies of Familiar Hymns (Second Series). Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1923.
Breed, David R. The History and Use of Hymns and Hymn Tunes. New York: Fleming H. Revell Company, 1903.
Brown, Theron, and Butterworth, Hezekiah. The Story of the Hymns and Tunes. New York, 1906 (Kindle Edition).
Christ-Janer, Albert, and Hughes, Charles W., and Smith, Carleton Sprague, American Hymns Old and New. New York: Columbia University Press, 1980
Clark, W. Thorburn. Stories of Fadeless Hymns. Nashville: Broadman Press, 1949.
Collins, Andrew (Ace). Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2001.
Cottrill, Robert. Discovering the Songs of Christmas. Snellville, Georgia: Jebaire Publishing, 2009.
Cottrill, Robert. Music in the Christian Life. Pambrun, Saskatchewan: Millar College of the Bible, 1995 (published in-house, for a course of the same name).
Crosby, Frances Jane (Fanny). Memories of Eighty Years. Boston: James H. Earle and Company, 1906.
Crosby, Frances Jane (Fanny). The Treasures of Fanny Crosby. Uhrichsville, Ohio: Barbour Publishing Inc., 2003.
Dearmer, Percy, and Williams, R. Vaughan, and Shaw, Martin. The Oxford Book of Carols. London, Oxford University Press, 1928.
Duffield, Samuel Willoughby. English Hymns: Their Authors and History. New York: Funk and Wagnalls Company, 1886.
Duncan, Homer. A Compilation of 1,521 Great Songs of the Christian Faith. Lubbock, Texas: Missionary Crusader, 1982.
Emurian, Ernest K. Famous Stories of Inspiring Hymns. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1956.
Erickson, J. Irving. Sing It Again! A Handbook on The Covenant Hymnal. Chicago: Covenant Press, 1985.
Gariepy, Henry. Songs in the Night. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1996.
Gordon, T. David. Why Johnny Can’t Sing Hymns. Phillipsburg, New Jersey: P. & R. Publishing, 2010.
Guest, William. P. P. Bliss Songwriter. Belfast, Northern Ireland: Ambassador, 1877, reprinted 1997.
Hall, Jacob Henry. Biography of Gospel Song and Hymn Writers. New York: Fleming H. Revell Company, 1914.
Herzel, Catherine and Frank. To Thee We Sing. Philadelphia: Muhlenberg Press, 1946.
Hopkins, Antony, forward. Colour Library Book of Great Composers. Godalming, Surrey, England: Colour Library Books Ltd., 1993.
Horder, William Garrett. The Hymn Lover: An Account of the Rise and Growth of English Hymnody. London: J. Curwen and Sons, Ltd., 1905.
Hustad, Donald P. Dictionary-Handbook to Hymns for the Living Church. Carol Stream: Hope Publishing Company, 1978.
Julian, John, ed. Dictionary of Hymnology. 2 vols. London: J. Murray, 1907. Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 1985 reprint).
Kavanaugh, Patrick. The Spiritual Lives of Great Composers. Nashville: Sparrow Press, 1992.
Kerr, Phil. Music in Evangelism. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1962.
King, James. Anglican Hymnology: Being an Account of the 325 Standard Hymns of the Highest Merit According to the Verdict of the Whole Anglican Church. London: Hatchards, Picadilly, 1885.
Konkel, Wilbur. Living Hymn Stories. Minneapolis: Bethany House Publishers, 1971.
Lawson, John. The Wesley Hymns. Grand Rapids: Francis Asbury Press, 1987.
Long, Edwin M. Illustrated History of Hymns and Their Authors. Philadelphia: P. W. Ziegler & Company, 1876.
Lorenz, Ellen Jane. Two Hundred Hymn Stories. Dayton: Lorenz Publishing Co., 1941.
Lloyd, Norman. The Golden Encyclopedia of Music. New York: Golden Press, 1968.
Ludwig, Charles. Sankey Still Sings. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1947.
McCutchan, Robert Guy. Our Hymnody. New York: Abingdon-Cokesbury Press, 1937.
Morgan, Robert J. Then Sings My Soul. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2003.
Newton, John. Out of the Depths–An Autobiography. Chicago: Moody Press, reprinted letters from 1764.
Nutter, Charles S., and Wilbur F. Tillet. The Hymns and Hymn Writers of the Church. New York: Eaton and Mains Publishers, 1911.
Osbeck, Kenneth W. Amazing Grace. Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 1990.
______. 52 Hymn Stories Dramatized. Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 1992.
______. 101 More Hymn Stories. Grand Rapids: Kregel Publication, 1985.
______. Singing With Understanding. Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 1979.
Paine, Silas H. Stories of the Great Hymns of the Church. New York: Flexo Printing Company, 1926.
Parker, John H. Abide With Me. Green Forest, Arkansas: New Leaf Press, 2009.
Petersen, William J., and Petersen, Ardythe. Hymns. Carol Stream: Tyndale House, 2006.
Reynolds, William J. Companion to Baptist Hymnal. Nashville: Broadman Press, 1976.
______. Hymns of Our Faith. Nashville: Broadman Press, 1964.
Rizk, Helen Salem. Stories of the Christian Hymns. Nashville: Abingdon, 1964.
Rodeheaver, Homer A., Hymnal Handbook for Standard Hymns and Gospel Songs. Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1931.
Rodeheaver, Homer A. Song Stories of the Sawdust Trail. New York: Moffat, Yard and Company, 1917.
Rudin, Cecilia Margaret. Stories of Hymns We Love. Chicago: John Rudin & Company Inc., 1946 (reprinted from 1934).
Ruffin, Bernard. Fanny Crosby. Westwood, New Jersey: Barbour and Company Inc., 1976.
Sankey, Ira D. My Life and the Story of the Gospel Hymns. Amsterdam: Fredonia Books, 2003 (reprinted from the 1907 edition).
Sanville, George W. Forty Gospel Hymn Stories. Winona Lake: The Rodheaver-Hall Mack Co., 1944.
Sellers, Ernest Orlando. Elements of Musical Notation and Conducting. Nashville, Broadman Press, 1938.
Shea, George Beverly. How Sweet the Sound. Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale Publishing House Incorporated, 2004.
Sheppard, W. J. Limmer. Great Hymns & Their Stories. London: Lutterworth Press, 1923.
Smith, Alfred B. Al Smith’s Treasury of Hymn Histories. Grand Rapids: Dickinson Press Incorporated, 1981.
Smith, Jane Stuart, and Carlson, Betty. A Gift of Music. Westchester, Illinois: Crossway Books, 1978.
Smith, Oswald. Oswald Smith’s Hymn Stories. Winona Lake: The Rodeheaver Company, 1963.
Spencer, Donald A. Hymn and Scripture Selection Guide. Valley Forge: Judson Press, 1977.
Stanley, John. Classical Music. Pleasantville, New York: Reader’s Digest, 1994.
Stebbins, George C. Reminiscences and Gospel Hymn Stories. New York: George H. Doran Company, 1924.
Telford, John. The Methodist Hymn Book Illustrated. London: Charles H. Kingsley, 1906
Terry, Lindsay. Stories Behind Popular Songs and Hymns. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1990.
Watson, J. R., ed. An Annotated Anthology of Hymns. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.
Wells, Amos R. A Treasury of Hymn Stories. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1945.
Wiersbe, Warren W. Scriptures That Sing. Lincoln, Nebraska: Back to the Bible, 1986.
Woychuk, N. A., ed. The Poetic Interpretation of the Psalms by Isaac Watts. St. Louis: Miracle Press, 1974.
Young, Carlton R. Companion to the United Methodist Hymnal. Nashville, Abingdon Press, 1993.
Hymnals and Song Books
Biggs, Louis Coutier, ed. Hymns Ancient and Modern (facsimile of 1867 edition). LaVergne, Tennessee: Kessinger Publishing’s Legacy Reprints, 2009.
Bock, Fred, ed. Hymns for the Family of God. Nashville: Paragon Associates, Inc., 1976.
Carmichael, Ralph, ed. The New Church Hymnal. Lexicon Music, Inc., 1976.
Fettke, Tom, ed. The Celebration Hymnal. Mobile, Alabama: Word Music / Integrity Music, 1997.
Garlock, Frank, ed. Majesty Hymns. Greenville, South Carolina: Majesty Music Inc., 1997.
Gilbert, T. B. and Gilbert, Elma Doehring, ed. Choice Hymns of the Faith. Fort Dodge, Iowa: Gospel Perpetuating Fund, 1946.
Hustad, Donald P., ed. Hymns for the Living Church. Carol Stream, Illinois: Hope Publishing Company, 1974.
______. Worship and Service Hymnal. Carol Stream Illinois: Hope Publishing Company, 1957.
Newton, John, and Cowper, William. Olney Hymns, facsimile of 1779 edition. Olney, Bucks, England: The Trustees of the Cowper and Newton Museum, 1984.
Niagara, Wilmot, ed. The Book of Common Praise. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1938.
Peterson, John W., ed. Great Hymns of the Faith. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1968.
Peterson, John W., and Johnson, Norman, ed. Praise: Our Songs and Hymns. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Corporation, 1981.
Rose, S. P., ed. Methodist Hymn and Tune Book. Toronto: William Briggs, 1917.
Sankey, Ira D. ed. Sacred Songs and Solos. London: Marshall, Morgan and Scott, Ltc.
Smith, Alfred B., ed. Living Hymns. Montrose, Pennsylvania: Encore Publications Inc., 1972.
Spurgeon, Charles. H., ed. Our Own Hymn Book. Pasadena, Texas: Pilgrim Publication, 1975 reprint.
Stanphill, Ira and Benson, John T., ed. Heartwarming Songs. West Palm Beach, Florida: Hymntime Publishers, 1956.
(Editors unknown) Golden Bells. London: C.S.S.M., 1931 (original publication, 1890).
(Editors unknown) Redemption Songs. Glasgow: Pickering and Inglis.
(Editors unknown) The Believers Hymn Book. London: Pickering and Inglis Ltd.
(Editors unknown) The Canadian Hymnal. Toronto: William Briggs, 1911.
Adams, Dick, ed. The Cyber Hymnal. A compilation of over 9,700 hymns, providing the words, music (audio), history, and more, of the songs. Established in 1996.