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Bray Collection
University of King's College, Library

Subjects
Christianity; Bible--Criticism and interpretation

History
The first, and main, Bray Collection was donated in 1979 by Christ Church, Windsor, Nova Scotia. It consists of approximately 330 of the original volumes sent to Halifax by the London-based Dr. Bray's Associates for the use of the Anglican clergy and laity in Nova Scotia. These original volumes were consigned to the care of the Bishop of Nova Scotia in 1797-1798. The second Bray Collection, donated in 1985 by Trinity Church, Digby, Nova Scotia, consists of the remains of a collection formed in 1844 by Dr. Bray's Associates for the use of the Digby parish. This second collection consists of nearly ninety volumes, most of them nineteenth century imprints. In 1985, Holy Trinity Church, Liverpool, Nova Scotia, donated the Bray Collection established in 1853 for the use of the Liverpool parish. This collection consists of fifty-five volumes. Gifts from other parishes have also been donated (four volumes to date).

Description
The collection includes material on divinity; ancient history; the history of the Jews; Greek and Latin texts of ancient authors; and mathematics. The first Bray Collection was originally the personal library of an eighteenth century Anglican clergyman, the Reverend Mr. Waring. About eighty percent of the books in the Bray I Collection are eighteenth century imprints; twenty percent are seventeenth century imprints with some sixteenth century imprints. The collections are being preserved in their original form and are not being developed further.

Language
English, Latin, and Greek.

Holdings
Approximately 479 volumes. See under History.

Bibliographic Access
The collection is catalogued. LC subject headings and classification are used. There is a separate shelf list. The holdings are recorded in the Nova Scotia Union Catalogue, the National Library Union Catalogue, and ESTC (North America).

Physical Access
The collection is in a special collections area which is open to the public. For further information visit: http://www.ukings.ns.ca/kings_3459.html.

Interlibrary Loan: No.

Reprography: As the condition of the material warrants.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
None at present.