Part of the Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary

Rare Books Collection


Rare Books Collection


The Rare Book Collection consists of over 17,000 volumes ranging from the earliest days of printing through the twentieth century, as well as several manuscripts. The collection offers a rich resource for the study of: Systematic Theology (particularly Patristics), Canon Law, and Church History (particularly the history of the Church in the United States, with a significant amount of anti-Catholic material). There are smaller holdings in Sacred Scripture, Classics, and early American History.

Items in the Rare Books Collection Collection

Letter signed by Pope Paul VI announceing the canonization of Bishop John Neumann as a saint

Catechism used for the natively speaking Italian population in Philadelphia

German-English Reader was used in Catholic schools to teach the German Script to students

Spanish Language book for priests