Monday January 4, 2016

In the Mail: Magi, Myrrh and Many Things Marian

In the past year, University of Dayton Libraries staff and faculty have digitized more than 2,000 of the Marian Library’s collection of about 9,000 stamps depicting the Blessed Virgin Mother from Annunciation to apparitions. They’re now accessible worldwide in eCommons, the University’s institutional repository. Among them are dozens of artistic renderings of the Feast of the Epiphany, commemorating the visit of the Magi and the revelation of the divinity of Christ, which we celebrate every year on Jan. 6. Here are five favorites:

Digitization continues on the collection, which contains one of almost every postage stamp of Mary printed anywhere in the world since 1920. Brother Eugene Claret, S.M., of Switzerland began organizing the collection around 1992 and added his own to it, making it almost complete; Brother Raymond Boutin, S.M., of Canada, also helped with the administration of the collection.

Happy Epiphany from the University of Dayton Libraries!

- Maureen Schlangen, E-scholarship and communications manager

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