College's decision to auction part of rare book collection doesn't sit well with some

A decision by a Boston-area Christian college to auction a portion of its rare collection of Bibles and Shakespeare folios donated nearly a century ago by the family of a railroad executive isn't sitting well with his descendants and some faculty.

The family of Edward Payson Vining donated the 7,000-volume collection to Gordon College in 1922 with the condition that it remain intact and with the school.

Gordon wants to sell about 10 percent of the collection, a sale that could generate as much as $2.5 million to help preserve the remainder.

Vining's great-granddaughter, 76-year-old Sandra Webber, said she was "shocked" when told of the sale by a Boston Globe ( ) reporter.

Professor James Trent calls the auction "an example of the larger issue of a breakdown between the faculty and the administration."


Information from: The Boston Globe,