The Dunham Bible Museum Collection began in 1997, when Houston Baptist University purchased the Jonathan Byrd Collection
of over 450 American Bibles. At the same time, a collection of Bible leaves
of significant American Bibles was obtained, providing an overview of Bible publication in America. In 2010, this basic American Bible collection was expanded with the acquisition, through the generous contribution of Archie and Linda Dunham, of the Brake/Hellstern Collection
s from Dr. Donald Brake and Dr. John Hellstern. The Byrd, Brake, and Hellstern collections form the pillars of the Museum's unique Bible collection.
Currently the online catalog
only includes books in the collection. Artifacts and other objects in the collection will be added to the catalog in the future, as well as photos of the books and artifacts.