“Familiar Hymns and Tunes”

Today, the Unitarian Universalist Association has one hymnal with a supplement, and it’s halfway or more through its lifespan. There was once a time when Unitarians and Universalists — and other denominations — had many hymnals, some with specific uses. For youth groups or camp meetings say. Not a good development, I think.

I found one of these old, topical hymn resources — more a pamphlet than a hymnal — at a bookstore in York, Pennsylvania, while Hubby and I were on vacation. Undated and simply titled “Familiar Hymns and Tunes” the booklet seems ideal for a summer chapel, conference or other setting where you want people to be be able to sing without much coaching. The cover didn’t scan well — too dark — but this copy was from “Universalist Church, Good Luck, N.J.” suggesting use at Murray Grove.

To inspire you, I’ve scanned this hymn resource as PDFs and you may download  a ZIP archive of it here.

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.

1 comment

  1. Thanks for the download. I’ve been having fun recently exploring hymnals on Google Books — a multitude of U and U volumes from the 1890-1920 period.

    This looks at first glance to be one of those determinedly American books – lots of Lowell Mason and minimal English Victoriana.

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