Special Collections

The Libraries' Special Collections contain unusual, unique, rare or valuable resources for specialized research and display. Click on the collection titles below for more information on each collection and how to access it.


Arca Artium

Arca Artium, "Ark of the Arts", developed from the working collection and inspirational habitat of Frank Kacmarcik (1920-2004), teacher, liturgical designer, graphic artist, typographer, and calligrapher.


Historical resources about the College of Saint Benedict, Saint Benedict's Monastery, Saint John's Abbey and Saint John's University.

Artists' Book Collection

A collection of modern artists' books, broadsides, and fine press publications, including early letterpress works from Graywolf Press, poetry from the CSB Literary Arts Institute, and samples of student work as well as titles by well-known book artists. Browse and search the collection online.

Hill Museum and Manuscript Library

The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library has been preserving manuscripts in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East since 1965. HMML's collection includes 90,000+ manuscripts on microfilm and in digital form.

Larsen Collection

Searchable catalog of octavos of mostly sacred music donated by Bruce Larsen and housed in Alcuin Library.

Proulx Collection

The Proulx collection is a significant part of the Library's holdings in sacred music.

Saint John's Rare Books

This collection contains the historic Saint John's rare book collection and other rare and significant items traditionally belonging to Saint John's University and Abbey.

School of Theology Graduate Papers/Theses Collection

Search the list of Graduate papers (including what were formerly called "research essays" and "projects") and theses from Saint John's School of Theology, from 1977 to the present, which are kept on permanent reserve at Alcuin Library.

Special Collections (CSB)

The Special Collections at CSB contain some rare and valuable books in a number of different disciplines.

Sullivan Collection

The Sullivan Collection contains over 200 religious artifacts, chiefly icons in the traditional Eastern style but also other creative interpretations of sacred images. It was donated to the College of Saint Benedict by Mary Sullivan.

Online Exhibits

A Slice of Time: Richard Wielkiewicz' Photographs of Okinawa - Richard Wielkiewicz, PhD, currently a Professor of Psychology at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University, lived in Okinawa as a teenager. His photos capture the experience of American military dependents in Okinawa as well as the landscape of the island fifty years ago. This exhibit captures a slice of time and perspective on life in Okinawa, and is intended to foster discussion about the complex relationships between Okinawa, Japan, and the United States.

Institutional Repository

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This repository is a service of the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University Libraries. The scholarly and creative work included here has been selected and deposited by the students, faculty, and staff from departments and centers at our schools.