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St. Vincent College (Latrobe, PA 15650-2690)
Elizabeth DiGiustino (Project Director: May 2014 to present)

Assessing the Care and Preservation of the Special Collections at the Saint Vincent College Latimer Family Library

A preservation assessment of the library’s collection of publications and manuscript materials pertaining chiefly to the history of the Benedictine Order of the Catholic Church.  Among the sources are handwritten documents dating back to the 12th century along with incunabula encompassing various theological, literary, and philosophical subjects.  Included are works of Milton, Chaucer, Thomas Aquinas, and Petrarch.  The items were originally held by several European monasteries and major private collectors of early printed and manuscript items, including King Ludwig I of Bavaria.

The grant will support a general preservation assessment by the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts of the approximately 8,130 primarily theological and philosophical books and manuscripts of the Special Collections of the Saint Vincent College Latimer Family Library in Latrobe, PA. The project’s goal is to improve the care and public access to the Collections, which include more than 100 items that are at least 500 years old. The Collections are of value to scholars for their content, rarity and relevance to local and Saint Vincent history and show the development of Western thought and culture through texts, provenance and formats. The assessment will be used for decision-making related to the Library’s Special Collections and as a foundation for coordinated, long-range planning for all of the College’s collections, such as art works, antique coverlets, artifacts, recordings, archival photographs and musical scores. The project period will be January 2015-June 2016.

Project fields:
European History; History of Religion; Literature, General; Philosophy, General; Religion, General

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 6/30/2016