Ephemera, Manuscripts, Rare Books
Women of the Book Collection
The Women of the Book collection contains more than 425 books, manuscripts, and other printed ephemera produced between 1460 and 1800. The collection centers on the lives of nuns and holy women in Europe and parts of South America and offers a rare look into the lives of early modern women. It includes details of their daily devotions, records of their entrances into convents and religious orders, mystical accounts of their encounters with saints and angels, and even public announcements of their symbolic marriages with Christ. Through their association with the church, these nuns were granted access to tools of the printed word that would enable them to preserve their histories.
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