IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 1127: The Old Library of the Convent of Soeterbeeck: The Long-Term History of a Book Collection

Wednesday 11 July 2012, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Radboud University Nijmegen
Organiser:Johan Oosterman, Afdeling Nederlandse Taal en Cultuur, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Moderator/Chair:Diana Denissen, Afdeling Nederlandse Taal en Cultuur, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Paper 1127-aAn Archaeology of a Collection: Stratification and Meanings in Books from the Former Old Library of Soeterbeeck
(Language: English)
Hans Kienhorst, Afdeling Nederlandse Taal en Cultuur, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 1127-bRenovatum ab A. Beckers Rectore: Studying the Liturgical Renovation of a Monastic Book Collection
(Language: English)
Ad Poirters, Faculteit der Letteren, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Index terms: Liturgy, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Monasticism
Paper 1127-cThe Significance of User's Notes: Johanna Cappeval and Her Books
(Language: English)
Gaby Kloosman, Afdeling Nederlandse Taal en Cultuur, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Index terms: Manuscripts and Palaeography, Religious Life, Women's Studies
Abstract

The old library of the convent of Soeterbeeck (the Netherlands) consists of manuscripts and printed books dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Whereas the study of libraries usually focusses on their medieval core, this collection provides us with a unique opportunity to study its books’ long-term history by means of their numerous traces of use, alteration, loss, and restoration. These reveal the way the sisters dealt with their books during the convent’s long and eventful history, both communally and individually. Research into the Soeterbeeck Collection will provide new insights into monastic book collections and their central role in the regulated life of religious communities.