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Teaching with Collections

Instruction with Marian Library Collections

The Marian Library, located within the Roesch Library at the University of Dayton, holds more than 100,000 books, including approximately 12,000 rare books, a majority of which were published between 1500 and 1800. In addition, the holdings include archival collections documenting the history of Marian devotion and religious sites around the world, as well as artwork in a variety of formats. These collections are available for instructional use, and the librarians are eager to collaborate with other faculty and staff at UD.

What follows is by no means a comprehensive list of holdings, but rather suggestions based on working knowledge of the Marian Library collections.

Anthropology & Archaeology
Materials used for missionary work, personal devotion, community practice, and archaeological texts.
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Art History & Visual Arts
Print materials including postcards, photo albums, 17th-century engravings, and other items useful for visual analysis and/or discussion of context, artistic process, and design.
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Juvenile literature, primary school scrapbooks, and catechetical posters provide interesting examples of materials used in Catholic education for children.
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Environmental Biology
Historical pamphlets on sustainability and gardening.
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Health Sciences
Religious and medical journals and the realia and print collection include materials that support discussions on the connections between faith and medicine.
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Medieval manuscripts, facsimiles, rare books, and photographs make the Marian Library well-suited to support many history courses.
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Languages & Culture
The well-known crèche collection, rare books, and items from the Marian Library statue and print collection demonstrate diverse cultural representations and make an interesting study of various languages.
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The Marian Library's sheet music collection and audio recording in several formats give students hands-on ways to experience the material in their courses.
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Religious Studies
A great wealth of materials naturally well-suited to religious studies awaits students and professors at the Marian Library. Between the rare books and many archival collections including holy cards and ephemera, there is something useful for nearly every religious studies course.
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Women's and Gender Studies
Marian images and texts and literature on Christian feminism provide diverse perspectives for study and discussion about gender and the body.
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To find out more about using Marian Library collections with your class, please call 937-229-4214, or email our librarians.


Marian Library

300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1390