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Marian devotional scapular collection

Identifier: ML-016

Scope and Contents

This collection contains devotional scapulars relating to the Blessed Virgin Mary. It primary includes traditional devotional scapulars: a double image attached to a single piece of cloth and suspended from a cord, most of which are approximately 2" x 1". The most well represented types of scapulars in the collection are the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, the Green Scapular, The Red Scapular of the Passion, and the Blue Scapular of the Immaculate Conception. The Brown and Green scapulars include brochures, texts, and printed ephemera. Some scapulars in the collection fall outside of the categories listed above, yet have a Marian dimension. While most of the scapulars were commercially produced, some in the collection are unique or handmade. The collection includes scapulars that indicate that they have been 'blessed'. These materials were most likely used as part of private Catholic devotion.


  • circa 1940-2012


Access to Materials

This collection is open and available to the public for research in the Marian Library reading room. The materials are non-circulating.

Copyright Notice

The materials 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 form the copyright owner or his or her heirs for any other use, such as reproduction and publication.

History of the Marian Library

The Marian Library was founded by the Marianists of the University of Dayton in 1943 to make the Blessed Virgin Mary better known, loved, and served. It is a special library whose presence on campus is a significant expression of the university's Catholic and Marianist identity. Its collections are developed and maintained to preserve and provide access to materials that support its mission of fostering Marian scholarship and sound Marian devotion. The Marian Library is recognized both nationally and internationally as a center for scholarship on the Blessed Virgin Mary. It serves the research needs of faculty and students of the International Marian Research Institute and of the broader University of Dayton community, and of visitors throughout the world. It also documents the diverse expressions of popular devotion to Mary, and it provides public outreach through its exhibits, tours, and reference services.

For more information on the Marian Library, please see the website of the International Marian Research Institute.


2 Linear Feet (3 card boxes)

Language of Materials



The Marian devotional scapular collection contains scapulars representing the Blessed Virgin Mary including the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, the Green Scapular, the Red Scapular of the Passion, and the Blue Scapular of the Immaculate Conception. The collection also includes various scapulars with a Marian dimension, handmade or otherwise unique scapulars, and brochures or printed ephemera relating to the scapulars.


Missing Title

  1. The Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
  2. The Green Scapular
  3. The Red Scapular of the Passion
  4. The Blue Scapular of the Immaculate Conception
  5. Various, unique, or handmade scapulars

Acquisition Information

Donated to the Marian Library by various donors and by the Shrine of Our Lady of the Green Scapular in 2010.


The Marian Library continues to selectively add materials to this collection.

Guide to the Marian devotional scapular collection, circa 1940-2012
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Marian Library
Edition statement
2nd edition

Repository Details

Part of the University Libraries Repository

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Dayton Ohio 45469-1360