Benedictine Library’s Special Collections Featured at Area Conference

  • Tuesday, May 29, 2012

 Medieval manuscripts and books from the special collections of Benedictine College, Mount Saint Scholastica Monastery and Conception Abbey, and St. John’s University are being featured at “Desire for the Medieval Past: Book Collecting in Midwestern Monastic Libraries.” They will be on display at the Miller Nichols Library at UMKC from June 1 to June 30.  This event is being held within the context of an international conference, “Nun’s Literacies in Medieval Europe.”  Among those presenting at the conference will be Michael O’Hare, Professor Emeritus of Theology at Benedictine College, and Sister Judith Sutera, OSB, of Mount Saint Scholastica Monastery.

"We are happy to share these literary and historical treasures with the scholarly community in the Kansas City area and beyond," said Steven Gromatzky, Benedictine College's Library Director.


The 10 books and manuscripts loaned by the Benedictine College Library include:  

Compendium theologicae veritatis by Hugo Ripelin of Strasbourg (Manuscript c. 1478‐)
Virginum sacrarum monimenta in principum , 1636 (1st edition)
Biblia Germanica, 1487
Exposito psalterium, 1491 by Cassiodoris
Rhetoricorum libri cum tres commentis, 1496 by Cicero

Dr. Virginia Blanton, Chair of the English Department at UMKC, has overseen the organization of the conference. Dr. Blanton worked closely with Miriam O’Hare, Supervisor of Special Collections and Government Documents at the Benedictine College Library in choosing the materials for display.