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Special Collections


Illuminated manuscriptSpecial Collections, including the Schoenfeldt Collection, contains a varied collection of books, manuscripts, and scores.

Those interested in using materials from Special Collections should ask for assistance at the Library Service Desk, call 503.943.7111, or send an email to Additional details about using the collections can be found below.

The Jim and Corene Serres Room on the Upper Floor houses the majority of the Library’s Special Collections. Highlights include a collection of printed scores from the estate of Aaron Copland and a number of religious materials including illuminated manuscript fragments, Psalters, and a copy of the Catholic Ladder. The Schoenfeldt Collection is shelved in a special bookcase on the Lower Floor. It was gifted to the Library from the estate of Fr. Art Schoenfeldt, a beloved member of the Congregation of the Holy Cross. It includes his book collection, focusing on Catholicism and regional history with accompanying ephemera and artifacts.

The Clark Library is also home to the University's set of Saint John's Bible, Heritage Edition. This high quality reproduction of the original illuminated manuscript is kept in a special display case on the Main Floor of the library.

Use Policy

Materials in Special Collections are available for use with certain provisions:

  • Please contact the library 24 hours in advance to arrange use of Special Collections materials. When you schedule the appointment, be prepared to specify which material(s) you wish to view.
  • Please bring a photo ID. Please show your ID at the Library Service Desk; we will create an account for you so that you can view the materials.
  • No photocopying is permitted of Special Collections materials.
  • Use of the material will be limited to the area adjacent to the Library Service Desk.
  • Access is limited to Monday - Friday 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. unless the Library is closed or by special arrangement.