DePaul University Newsline > Sections > Into the Archives > Delving into the Vincentiana Collections
By Morgen MacIntosh Hodgetts /
October 14, 2020 /
Posted in: INTO THE ARCHIVES /
During the 2019-20 academic year, JoAnne Zielinski, an associate professor in the College of Computing and Digital Media, produced and directed a video highlighting DePaul's Vincentian collections. The video features Rev. Edward R. Udovic, C.M. describing the resources and goals that established DePaul University as the premiere international center for Vincentian Studies.
The DeAndreis-Rosati Memorial Archives are the archival collections of the American Western Province of the Congregation of the Mission. These collections were transferred in 2001 and 2010, and document the educational institutions, seminaries, parishes and work of the Vincentian priests in the United States since their arrival in 1816. These collections remain in a physical format with selected materials digitized for academic courses, researcher requests and exhibits. The digital companion and the exhibit catalog for the “Bicentennial Celebration of the Vincentians in America" in the John T. Richardson Library includes illustrations, maps, and letters from the DRMA.
DePaul's collection of the manuscript letters written by St. Vincent de Paul or his secretary range in date from 1641 to 1660. The digital collection includes a transcription and translation of each letter. The transcriptions are from “Vincent de Paul: Correspondence, Entretiens, Documents," edited by Pierre Coste, C.M., with the exception of the 1641 letter to Sylvestre Crusy de Marcillac, which was transcribed by Rev. John E. Rybolt, C.M. The English translations are from “Vincent de Paul: Correspondence, Conferences, Documents" by the Vincent Translation Project. These published volumes of the French transcription and English translation of Monsieur Vincent's writings and conferences are also available on the Library's Digital Collections.
Monsieur Vincent's correspondence and writings include references to books he read or authors he recommended. Building a collection of these books for the DePaul University Library Special Collections and Archives became an important component in the Vincentian Studies Institute's goal of becoming the premiere international resource for Vincentian history and scholarship. In 2010, Rev. Edward R. Udovic, C.M. began contributing regularly to the Library's blog, “The Full Text", selecting a unique title from this collection to explain its significance as part of “St. Vincent's Reading List."
The Vincentian Studies Institute research collection contains thousands of books and journals relating to the life and times of St. Vincent DePaul, St. Louise de Marillac, Elizabeth Ann Seton, Frederic Ozanam, and the organizations they founded. Selected titles from this collection have been digitized. Some of the digital versions, included the VSI's “Vincentian Heritage," are available on the university's Institutional Repository known as Via Sapientiae under the heading “Vincentian Heritage Collections" and some are available on the University Library's Digital Collections under the headings “Vincentian Foundational Texts" and “Vincentian Historical Texts."
The Vincentian Material Culture Collection includes a wide variety of formats including engravings, maps, and prints. Selected items have been digitized and are available on the DePaul University Library Digital Collections: Vincentian Historical Maps, Vincentian Postcards Collection, and Vincentian Holy Cards. Some of the items from the material culture collections featured in the 2017 DePaul Art Museum exhibit, The Many Faces of Vincent de Paul and the 2011 digital exhibit, Saint-Lazare as a Women's Prison, both curated by Rev. Edward R. Udovic, C.M.
For more information about the Vincentian collections or to schedule a class instruction session using these materials, contact Morgen MacIntosh Hodgetts.