University Libraries acquire three new book collections

Author: Arts and Letters


The University of Notre Dame has acquired three new collections of books, according to Katharina J. Blackstead, library advancement officer for the University Libraries.

Brigham Young University has given the libraries a gift of 7,000 books on the Catholic Church. BYU had acquired them some 30 years ago from a Benedictine monastery in Nimes, France, and the publication dates of the predominantly French-language titles range from the 18th century to 1970. They concern Catholic Church history, biography, systematic theology and liturgy.

From the estate of the late Michael Pressley the libraries have received a collection of 15,000 volumes on educational psychology, educational sociology, educational spirituality and educational theology. Pressley, who died last May after a long struggle with cancer, was a member of the Notre Dame psychology faculty from 1997 to 2001 and served as the first director of the Master of Arts in Teaching Program of Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives.

The libraries’ recent acquisition of a collection of books and journals on Peruvian archeology and history will expand the already established Jos Durand Special Collection of rare books on Peru. The new collection includes 800 titles published between the 1960s and 1990s and is particularly devoted to studies on pre-Columbian sites where the Inca ruled.

Most of Notre Dame’s major libraries and collections fall under the auspices of the University Libraries system, which includes 10 branches and the Hesburgh Library. The University Libraries hold more than 3 million volumes, 3 million microform units and 24,400 audiovisual items.

Contact: Katharina Blackstead at 574-631-6657 or

Originally published by Michael O. Garvey at on February 15, 2007.