Marian prayer cards and leaflets
Scope and Contents
This collection contains Marian prayers in the form of cards and small leaflets. The materials are primarily text-based and printed in a variety of fonts and typefaces. Some cards and leaflets include both text and an image of the Blessed Virgin.The materials in the collection were most likely used in private devotion and represent a variety of American and European Marian prayers since the 19th century.
The first series contains English language prayers including consecration to Mary, prayers for specific needs (for example, prayers for those in the service and prayers for travelers), the Memorare, the Magnificat, the Litany of Loreto, the Angelus, and additional prayers with a Marian dimension.
The second series includes Marian prayer cards and leaflets in Indo-European languages. This series also includes novenas and pious instructions. The majority of cards and leaflets represent the Italic, Germanic, and Slavic language families. Western Romance languages are the most well represented language group in this series.
- Creation: circa 1848-circa 1990
- Creation: Majority of material found within 1940 - 1985
- Marian Library (Collector, Organization)
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.
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 from 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.
.5 Linear Feet (2 card boxes)
Language of Materials
This collection contains Marian prayers in the form of cards and small leaflets and includes prayers in both English and foreign languages. The materials in the collection were most likely used in private devotion and represent a variety of popular and unique American and European Marian prayers since the 19th century.
This collection is arranged in two series:
- English language prayers
- Foreign language prayers
The materials were acquired by the Marian Library from a variety of sources.
The Marian Library continues to selectively add materials to this collection.
- Guide to the Marian prayer cards and leaflets, circa 1848-circa 1990
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Code for undetermined script
- Language of description note
- Marian Library