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Mount St. Mary's University and Seminary (Emmitsburg, MD 21727-7700)
Jessica J. Whitmore (Project Director: April 2017 to present)

Comprehensive Preservation Assessment of Hugh J. Phillips Library

A preservation assessment of the library’s special collections and archival materials, which include 40,000 manuscripts relating to the school’s founding in 1808, the growth and development of Catholicism in America, and early Church bishops and leaders. The library also houses 500 rare books, including incunabula, as well as works of art by European and American artists, such as Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Hedley Fitton, and John LaFarge. The collections are incorporated into the undergraduate curriculum and serve scholars world-wide through the library’s participation in the Catholic Research Resources Alliance.

The Hugh J. Phillips Library at Mount St. Mary’s University houses significant historical and cultural collections that include the history of the second oldest Catholic university in the United States; manuscripts dating from 1320 to the present; incunabula; the St. John’s Bible; and rare, original artwork. This grant would support a comprehensive preservation assessment. The consultant would provide an overview of the current condition of the collections, highlight specific problems, and provide guidance and plan for addressing these issues over the short- and long-term. Additionally, the library would purchase monitoring devices to track the environmental conditions in the storage, display and work areas.

Project fields:
History, General; Literature, General; Religion, General

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$5,749 (approved)
$5,749 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 6/30/2019