The Friends of Hackney Library Honor President and Mrs. Kneten With New Donation to Rare Book Room

In recognition of the dedicated service of Dr. and Mrs. Norval Kneten to Barton College and their support of Hackney Library, the Friends of Hackney Library recently donated a rare book to the holdings of the K. D. Kennedy, Jr. Rare Book Room in their honor upon their upcoming retirement.

Kneten Bk_Title PageAt the behest of the Friends of Hackney Library board to find a suitable addition for the Rare Book Room to honor the Knetens’ service, Library Director George Loveland located a 1790 second edition of A Dissertation on Miracles: Containing an Examination of the Principles Advanced by David Hume, Esq; In an Essay on Miracles; with a Correspondence on the Subject by Mr. Hume, Dr. Campbell, and Dr. Blair by George Campbell.

Rare book consultant Dr. Patrick Scott, who has helped establish and develop policies for the Rare Book Room collection, concurred with the selection.

Kneten Bk_CoverThe book relates a response by Campbell to an essay  on miracles by Scottish philosopher David Hume.  George Campbell is reportedly one of Disciples of Christ founder Thomas Campbell’s (no relation) favorite scholars.

Loveland explained that because the book ties in the British Isles/Scotland focus with Robert Burns’s work and the books Burns would have been reading, as well as the College’s Disciples of Christ heritage, it dovetails well with the collection policy for the Rare Book Room’s holdings.

A certificate indicating the purchase of the book was presented by Friends board chair Hal Tarleton to Norval and Susan Kneten at the Friends of Hackney Library’s spring dinner, held on April 7, 2015 in Hardy Alumni Hall.

The book will be displayed in the K. D. Kennedy, Jr. Rare Book Room.  Call or email George Loveland (252-399-6501; for an appointment to come see it for yourself!

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