The K.D. Kennedy, Jr. Rare Book Room contains books with a special emphasis on Scottish culture, including literature, history and philosophy, in keeping with the Scottish ancestry of the principal founders of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Alexander Campbell and Barton Stone. Other interests in this collection are materials related to the history of books & printing, books published in Great Britain before 1640 and books published in the coastal region of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, before 1820.
In recognition of the dedicated service of Dr. and Mrs. Norval Kneten, President and First Lady of Barton College, to the college and their support of Hackney Library, the Friends of Hackney Library donated a rare book in their honor to the holdings of the K. D. Kennedy, Jr. Rare Book Room when Dr. Kneten retired in 2015. The book is 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. It relates a response by Campbell to an essay on miracles by Scottish philosopher David Hume.
Part of the Rare Book Room collection of facsimiles of early English language Bibles. At left is a facsimile of the 1611 King James Bible. At right is an actual page from a first edition of this Bible.