ABTAPL conference visit and display in Special Collections

View of display

View of display

 Last Friday afternoon (12th April) I was delighted to welcome 36 conference delegates  from the Association of British Theological and Philosophical  Libraries (ABTAPL)  to Special Collections to view a display of treasures from the Library’s theology and philosophy collections. Also on display, on loan from Archive Services, was a  replica of the Papal Bull of 1451, which is the instrument which founded the University of Glasgow. You can read more about this on the University of Glasgow Story website here.

Facsimile of Papal Bull of 1451

Replica of Papal Bull of 1451

ABTAPL was formed to help those working in libraries containing theological, philosophical and related materials by sharing information and experience. The members meet twice a year, with a residential week-end held in the spring. This year this was held in Glasgow from 11-13th April.

On display were a few highlights from the Library’s significant holdings relating to religion and theology and philosophy. These collections include devotional literature dating from the medieval period and thousands of early printed texts, including Bibles, works of Biblical criticism and sermons. Most of these were acquired by the University during the era when the emphasis on teaching was strongly oriented towards Divinity and the training of future ministers of the Church of Scotland.

Several of the collections contain material relating to philosophy, including 240 documents relating to the economist and philosopher Adam Smith (1723-1790), and texts used at the University for teaching and research up until the end of the eighteenth century, supplemented by nineteenth century holdings of class libraries.

King James Bible

King James Bible

Ms Hunter 231 (folio 276)

Ms Hunter 231 (folio 276)

                         List of items on display

Although these items are no longer on display, they are all available for consultation at Special Collections, with the exception of the Papal Bull which is held at Archive Services, along with many other fascinating medieval Papal Bulls of historical significance to the University.

Following their visit to Special Collections, the delegates were given tours of the Library guided by Honor Hania from the Colleges of Arts and Social Sciences Library Team (who was also one of the delegates) and Sonny Maley, College Library Support Team Supervisor. The visit was rated a great success and much enjoyed by all involved.

Armenian scroll

Armenian scroll



Categories: Library, Reflections, Special Collections

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2 replies

  1. Feedback on the visit from the delegates at the conference dinner in the evening was excellent. We should be very proud of the items we have in our Special Collections and Archives, and of the ability of our staff to describe and discuss them with visitors..

  2. This must have been a real treat for the ABTAPL delegates. Well done to Special Collections staff for showcasing the library’s treasures in such an exciting an accessible way!

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