New Exhibit | Word Made Print

In recognition of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, University of Oregon’s Special Collections & University Archives and Northwest Christian College’s Edward P. Kellenberger Library have collaborated on an exhibit titled Word Made Print: Reformation and the History of the Book.

Few historical events have touched so many lives around the world, whether Christian or not, as the Reformation, 500 years ago. Historians question whether Martin Luther actually hammered the manuscript of his 95 Theses on the door of the castle church in Wittenberg on October 31, 1517, setting in motion a series of events that split Christendom. Yet, the story itself illustrates the immense power of the printed word: Luther’s words were printed within weeks and spread like wildfire.

Word Made Print is curated by Vera Keller, David Luebke, Steve Silver, and David de Lorenzo. The Knight Library component celebrates Martin Luther and his role in the Reformation and showcases important works that demonstrate and reflect the impact of the Reformation that occurred around the same time as the invention of movable type.  In the Kellenberger Library, many early Bibles from their collection are on view.  This exhibit is free and open to the public and will be on display through December 15, 2017.

Excerpts from the Exhibit

Privilegia et documenta ad monasterium S. Zenoius Maiorii Veronae (Privileges of the Verona Monastery). [16th century]. [Latin]. Burgess Collection, Burgess MS 30.

This manuscript illustrates the scribal arts preserved in Catholic monasteries long after the Reformation.

Sleidanus, Johannes, and Edmund Bohun. The General history of the Reformation of the Church from the errors and corruptions of the Church of Rome: begun in Germany. [London: Printed by Edw. Jones for Abel Swall and Henry Bonwicke, 1689]. Rare Book Collection, xDD178.9 .S624

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