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Cistercian Ephemera Collection

Identifier: 01-exws_cistercian

Scope and Contents

The Cistercian Ephemera Collection is primarily composed of nineteenth and twentieth century pamphlets, offprints, photocopies of articles and book chapters, as well as postcards, video recordings and other items relating to the history of the Cistercian order, particular abbeys, significant figures in Cistercian history or the Roman Catholic Church, in general. The subjects of the materials include histories of abbeys, sermons of religious figures, observances and constitutions of the Cistercians, interviews with monks, archaeological studies of monasteries and adjacent regions, as well brochures and post cards from various monasteries. It also contains materials that relate to the history of the Center for Cistercian and Monastic Studies (formerly known as Institute for Cistercian Studies) and its accompanying collection of books and manuscripts held on permanent loan at Western Michigan University Libraries. The Cistercian Ephemera Collection includes materials deposited on permanent loan at Western Michigan University Libraries through an agreement between various American Trappist monasteries and the Center for Cistercian and Monastic Studies as well as later donations.


  • Creation: 1828-2008
  • Other: Majority of material found within 1880-1990
  • Other: Date acquired: 1972

Language of Materials

Materials in English, French, German, Italian, Latin, Hungarian, Norwegian, Dutch, Spanish, Slovenian.

Conditions Governing Access

WMU Special Collections. Non-circulating. Contact department for access.


47 boxes


Printed pamphlets, articles, brochures, post cards and a few videos relating to Cistercian history and the history of the Roman Catholic Church. Most of the materials are related to the history or observances of specific monasteries and convents and figures important in Cistercian or Roman Catholic history, in general.

Source of Acquisition

Institute of Cisterician Studies, Abbey of Gethsemani, etc.

Method of Acquisition

Permanent loan and donation.

Physical Description

The collection is contained in 38 Hollinger boxes and 1 small steel box (containing postcards). It spans approximately 19 linear feet. Some of nineteenth and early twentieth century printed materials in this collection are brittle and require special handling.

Cistercian Ephemera Collection Finding Aid
Under Revision
Marca Hoyle
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Special Collections Repository

Western Michigan University Libraries, Special Collections
Zhang Legacy Collections Center
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
(269) 387-8490