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Marian Library Collection

Identifier: UA-007

Scope and Contents

Series 1: Publications contains work published by the Marian Library including journals, periodicals, union catalogs, publlications relating to the library's art collection, and newsletters. This series also contains drafts of publications and promotional material for these publications.

Series 2: Exhibits contains material related to exhibits curated by the Marian Library including promotional material and gallery guides. This includes records related to the annual display of creches at CHristmas. This series is arranged chronologically.

Series 3: Programs and Events, contains records related to public programming and events coordinated by the Marian Library including anniversary celebrations, symposiums and lectures, and the early Marian Institutes. This series is arranged chronologically.

Series 4: Adminsitration contains records relating to the operations and administration of the Marian Library. These include meeting minutes, acquisitions and other records related to managing the collections, financial and grant records, and marketing and promotion. Other highlights include material related to campaigns to develop and expand the library's space and its evolving role within the Univeristy of Dayton. This series is arranged alphabetically.

Series 5: Correspondence contains contains letters to and from library staff. The bulk of this series dates from the very early yeears of the Marian Library and contains responses to reference questions, acknowledgements of donated material, and correspondence with the Marianist provinicial regarding library operations. This series is arranged chronologically.

Series 6: General Correspondence contains letters to and from library staff. The bulk of this series is from the 1960s-1980s. This series is arranged alphabetically.

Series 7: Photographs contains photographs of Marian Library people and events including retirement and holiday celebrations.

Series 8: Publicity contains material about the Marian Library from outside publications incluidng local and national newspapers as well as

Series 9: IMRI (International Marian Research Institute) contains IMRI's records including academic guides and manuals, course syllabi, and program descriptions.


  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1943-2000


English, French and German

Access to Materials

The materials in this collection are open and accessible to the public for use in the University Archives and Special Collections reading room.


Copyright to the official records of the University belongs to the University of Dayton. Non-official records in this collection may be protected by copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). The materials are available for personal, educational, and scholarly use. It is the responsibility of the researcher to locate and obtain permission from the copyright owner or his or her heirs for any other use, such as reproduction and publication.

About Marian Library

The University of Dayton Marian Library was established in 1943 by Reverend John Elbert, who was the University President at the time. At that time, the entire collection fit into a single room in the University Library. It was built to commemorate a triple centennial to be celebrated in 1949-1950: The arrival of the Marianists in the United States (1849); the death of Father William Joseph Chaminade, founder of the Society of Mary (1850), and the founding of the University of Dayton (1850). In its 75-year history, it has offered its resources to qualified students and to scholars who, in their research, need an extensive and comprehensive academic library centered on studies related to Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ. They have also worked with the International Marian Research Institute in offering certificates and graduate degrees in religious studies. Today, it is a part of the greater Roesch Library which has a collection of over 1.5 million volumes, more than 4,000 periodical titles, the facilities of extensive on-line database searching and a nationwide interlibrary loan service.


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This collection documents the history of the Marian Library on the campus of the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio. This collection documents the timeline of the library’s growth as well as its impact on the Marian faith and its history. Records of note are: Administrative Records, Library Correspondence, Books and other Publications, and Exhibit records. This collection brings to light the impact that the library has had for the University and for the preservation of Marianist history.


The Marian Library History Collection is divided into nine main series:

Series 1: Publications Series 2: Exhibits Series 3: Programs and Events Series 4: Administration Series 5: Correspondence Series 6: General Correspondence Series 7: Photographs Series 8: Publicity Series 9: IMRI (International Marian Research Institute)


Accruals are expected.

Marion Library History Collection
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Repository Details

Part of the University Libraries Repository

300 College Park Dr.
Dayton Ohio 45469-1360