Special collections has announced "Early Church Fathers and their Influence on Christianity: An Exhibit of Rare Books at Pius Library."
Conceived and executed by SLU senior Micah Miller, this is Special Collections' first exhibit of rare books to be curated by an undergraduate.
The exhibit features books by 15 early church fathers, some of them well-known writers and theologians like Jerome and Augustine, others more obscure, like Polycarp, Irenaeus, and Tertullian.
Each book is accompanied by a brief biography of its author and discussion of his influence. Many of the volumes on display are large folios with an elaborate engraved portrait opposite the title page.
Micah Miller, a dual major in theological studies and English, became interested in the library's holdings in the area of Patristics, or writings of the early church fathers, while working at his student job in Special Collections.
He thought that an exhibit would be a great opportunity to draw his classmates' attention to a group of the lesser-known but important figures of the Early Church while highlighting some of the 16th, 17th, and 18th century books in the collection.
Special collections is delighted to present the result of this collaboration.
Located in the St. Louis Room on the 3rd floor of Pius XII Memorial Library, the exhibit is open from 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, until March 11, 2011.