Comic Books, Special Collections, and Academic Libraries
This chapter considers the importance of Catholic comics in special collections and emphasizes their potential as multi-disciplinary research and teaching tools. The legacy of comics as Catholic educational literature, subjects of censorship, and political bellwethers in the United States make these visual texts rich in content for both special collections instruction and student scholarship. This article provides an overview of Catholic comics in special collections at the University of Dayton, a brief survey of the history of Catholic comics in the United States, and illustrates examples of active learning and research in special collections through two case studies. The authors advocate for the use of Catholic comics across academic disciplines with case studies on the Treasure Chest series published by George Pflaum and Fatima comic books produced by the Catechetical Guild, that can be adapted for use with other types of comic collections.
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archives, special collections, comic books, Marian Library
Handley, Henry, Stephanie Shreffler, and Jillian Ewalt. “Holy Heroes! Catholic Comics in Special Collections.” In Comic Books, Special Collections, and Academic Libraries, edited by Brian C. Flota and Kate Morris, 285-298. Chicago: ACRL Publishing, 2023.