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The Archival Spirit


The first six months of 2020 have been marked by upheaval and uncertainty and many individuals are relying on their faith to cope with stress. The Marian Library at the University of Dayton is a special library that serves as a center of scholarship on the Blessed Virgin Mary and also documents diverse expressions of popular Marian devotion. Common in the Marian Library’s collections are materials and artifacts that illustrate appeals to Mary for intercession in healing and protection from danger. This includes pamphlets of prayers to various titles of Our Lady, vials of holy water from the Lourdes Shrine in France, or ex-votos left at Marian shrines to heal an illness. With the coronavirus pandemic, the Marian Library began a two-part project to collect these same types of materials that aligned with our mission to document Marian devotion.

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Archivists of Religious Collections Section of the Society of American Archivists


web archiving, religious collections, Marian devotion, coronavirus pandemic

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