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Mission Library Books

About this collection

The Mission Santa Clara Book Collection is comprised of 217 titles of Mission-period books, whose dates of publication range from 1548-1835. The Collection was the library for Mission Santa Clara, founded in 1777 by the Franciscan Fathers. The volumes are primarily religious books including Bibles, breviaries, devotional works, theological publications, and compilations of sermons. Some volumes are reference volumes about agriculture.

This digital collection includes a small sample set of pages from each text; those interested in exploring any texts further should schedule an appointment with the SCU Department of Archives & Special Collections to view a physical copy of the work.

Background information for each piece of the collection was compiled from the previous work of Beryl Hoskin. She provided comprehensive overviews of each source found in this collection. Her work can be found online at the following link: https://oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/tf967nb3tr/dsc/#dsc-1.7.7

 
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