Rare Books & Manuscripts from the Bridewell Library
with R. Arvid Nelsen
Bridwell Library, part of Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology, offers researchers and enthusiasts of the written word the opportunity to engage with a wide array of texts, languages, letterforms, illuminations, and illustrations. Strong holdings of manuscripts produced before 1900 for ceremonial, devotional, literary, personal, and evidentiary purposes provide examples of various scribal hands seen within their individual cultural, historical, bibliographical, and aesthetic contexts. Written works supplement and support Bridwell Library’s holdings of printed publications, including Fifteenth-century books printed in Europe, Bibles, Reformation and Counter-Reformation writings, worship and devotional books, works on theology and church history, and Wesleyana and Methodism.
R. Arvid Nelsen, Rare Books and Manuscripts Librarian, will discuss the range of Bridwell’s holdings and showcase a number of the items available to the community through Bridwell Library’s robust exhibitions program and personal, on-site research. We will also discuss how interested persons may make arrangements to work with these magnificent and evocative materials themselves.