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Conception Abbey Press ephemera collection

Identifier: CSC-032

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a variety of paper ephemera printed and distributed by the Conception Abbey Press. Folder 1 contains pamphlets printed between 1949 and 1963, on the subjects of Advent, Christmas, and Lent. Folders 2 and 3 contain holy cards from the "B.M." series produced by the Press. These holy cards each contain a series number on the verso. This series used contemporary, abstract art, and quotes from both religious and secular sources. Some of the artwork has the signature of artist Patricia Ellen Ricci, and some is unsigned. Most of these cards are undated; one card has a handwritten inscription on the verso with the date of 1968, giving an approximate age for the entire series. Folder 4 contains an undated postcard in the same style as the B.M. holy cards.


  • Creation: 1949-1968


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open and available to the public for research in the U.S. Catholic Special Collections reading room. The materials are non-circulating.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

History of Conception Abbey

Conception Abbey was founded in 1873 by a group of Benedictines from Engelberg Abbey in Switzerland. Concerned about political events in Europe, they responded to an appeal from a priest in northwestern Missouri who needed help serving the growing Irish and German immigrant population in the area. Today, the Abbey operates Conception Seminary College, Conception Abbey Printery House (formerly known as Conception Abbey Press), and a retreat center.


0.125 Linear Feet (4 folders in Small Collections box 4)

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A collection of printed ephemera, including prayer cards, pamphlets, and a postcard, from the Conception Abbey Press.

Statement of Arrangement

Items in this collection are arranged by genre; pamphlets in folder 1 are arranged chronologically, and the holy cards are arranged by the series number.


U.S. Catholic Special Collections, 302 Roesch Library

Related Archival Materials

A holy card printed and distributed by Conception Abbey to promote the beatification cause of Father Lukas Etlin can be found in CSC.033, Collection of Canonization and Beatification Cause Cards

General Physical Description note

1 boxes

Finding aid for the Conception Abbey Press ephemera collection
Finding aid prepared by Colleen Mahoney
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Repository Details

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