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Holy Cards Exhibit (2014)




Featured Member Collection: 

University of St. Thomas Holy Cards as Objets Trouves 

For many decades staff at the Ireland Library have retained hundreds of holy cards that have been found in returned books.  Some are beautiful (handmade paper lace cards, art nouveau, art deco, Italian and German chromolithographs), some have local associations (ordinations, funerals, anniversaries), some are rather odd, many are touching.  All have a wonderful immediacy, embodying popular piety in the very best sense of the word.  A selection of these objets trouvés are displayed in this collection.

DePaul University Holy Card Collection 

This collection of devotional cards featuring St. Vincent de Paul is part of the Vincentian Studies Collection at DePaul University Libraries Special Collections. These cards span several centuries and many languages, and show the religious iconography surrounding St. Vincent de Paul, St. Louise de Marillac, and the various religious and lay orders founded by them.