Classic Baptist Books is an arm of The Roger Williams Heritage Archives, which is a ministry of Maranatha Baptist Bible College, Watertown, Wisconsin. The purpose of the Classic Baptist Books collection is to put into easy access Baptist works which either have gone out of print, are in print but difficult to obtain, or are of such significance that an electronically searchable edition offers significant benefits to the Baptist and even non-Baptist community.
When the College received a sizable collection of Baptist works from its first Academic Dean, Dr. Richard C. Weeks (many of which have been out of print for long years and some almost completely unavailable today even in the used market), the desire immediately arose to put these into a format available for anyone to access.
There are over one hundred works in this collection, including such standards as A History of the Baptists by Thomas Armitage (including all 161 pictures and portraits), A Concise History of the Baptists by G. H. Orchard, and works by well known men such as David Benedict, John A. Broadus, Francis Wayland, J. B. Jeter and numerous others. There are also more than 200 short biographies of Baptists of the past.
The editors of the Roger Williams Heritage Archives have attempted to maintain the original appearance as much as possible in the conversion to an electronic format. Original page divisions have been preserved for bibliographic purposes.
—Larry R. Oats Chairman, Dept. of Bible and Church Ministries, Maranatha Baptist Bible College