Preserving the Past & Engaging the Future: Theology & Religion in American Special Collections


M. Patrick Graham (ed)


comprehensive collecting, manuscripts, incunabula, theological libraries, acquisitions, fundraising, sustainability


Special collections of religious and theological materials have been part of the landscape of academic libraries in North America from their beginnings. This collection of ten articles treats several aspects of this rich history in three sections: the first deals with the history of specific collections at four libraries; the second treats current attempts to use special collections in teaching and the outreach mission of the library, including the development and use of digital technologies; and the third explores topics related to building library collections for the future, noting both pitfalls to be avoided and intriguing opportunities.


  • Introduction
    M. Patrick Graham
  • That the Good Books May Be Preserved
    Armin Siedlecki
  • Reading the Materiality of a Collection
    The German Reformation at the Folger Shakespeare Library
    Caroline Duroselle-Melish
  • An Enlightened Ministry
    Reconstructing and Exploring the Library of Convers Francis
    Nell K. Carlson, Russell Pollard
  • Hogwarts in Minnesota
    The History, Description, and Impact of Special Collections at Luther Seminary
    Bruce Eldevik, Mary Ann Teske
  • Gifts of Great Libraries
    Teaching with Special Collections at the Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary
    Matthew Baker
  • Teaching and Learning with Special Collections and Archives
    Introducing Religious and Theological Primary Sources into the Classroom
    Christopher J. Anderson
  • "Let Your Eyes Look Forward"
    Developing a Digital Repository from the Ground Up
    Jonathan Lawler, Shea Van Schuyver
  • Shipping Container Librarianship
    Creating Comprehensive Research Collections in Theological Libraries
    Stephen D. Crocco
  • Engaging the Alumnus/a Donor
    A Case Study Based on Drew University's R. S. Thomas Collection
    Jesse D. Mann, Brian Shetler
  • The Millennium Project
    Nature, Environment, and Time in the Future of Special Collections: Considering the Case of Bridwell Library
    Anthony J. Elia


June 1, 2021

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