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Religion Collections in Libraries and Archives:
A Guide to Resources in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia

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Woodstock Theological Center Library

Address: Georgetown University
3700 "O" Street NW
Washington, DC 20057-1006
Telephone Number: (202) 687-7513
Fax Number: (202) 687-5835
Contact Persons: Joseph Tylenda, Librarian;
Paul S. Osmanski, Assistant Librarian

Access Policies

Hours of Service:
Monday--Friday 8:30 a.m.--5:00 p.m..
Open to the public: Yes
Photocopying:: Yes
Interlibrary loan: No

Most materials may be photocopied, excluding materials in Special Collections.

Reference Policy:
Telephone and mail ready-reference questions are answered. Queries received by mail are answered if accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. Since there are no archives, genealogical questions are not answered. Long-distance telephone calls are not returned.

Borrowing Privileges:
Faculty, students and staff may borrow books. Members of the public may borrow only with the permission of the Director.

OCLC, ATLA, Catholic Library Association. Holdings after 1988 are listed in OCLC.

Background Note:
Founded in 1869 as the library for the seminary operated by the Society of Jesus in Woodstock, Maryland.
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Description of Collections

Books and monographs:
The collection holds 193,000 volumes dating from the 16th to the 20th centuries, with several books from the 15th century. Its Jesuitica collection, containing Jesuit spirituality, history, educational philosophy and documentation, is unparalleled. Its biblical studies collection is one of the finest in any one library. 17,5000 volumes of the 193,000 make up the Rare Book collection, which is one of the most outstanding theological rare book collections in the United States. Rare volumes include the Spiritual Exercises of St. Loyola (1548), a complete set of the catalogs of the provinces of the Society of Jesus dating back to the restoration of the Society of Jesus in the early 19th century, two block books from the early days of the Society of Jesus in China (1670, 1700), and a first edition of the Book of Mormon by Joseph Smith. Woodstock's Judaica collection includes not only a wealth of basic scriptural texts, reference books, and other background reading, but rare items such as an illuminated Jewish marriage document (1790) and an early 19th-century Torah.

Holdings after 1988 are on computer. All earlier holdings are in the card catalog.

Periodicals and newspapers:
700 periodical subscriptions; 850 titles from the 19th and 20th centuries. Subject emphases of this collection are Catholic and Protestant theology, liturgy, church history, Bible, biblical studies, Judaism, the Reformation, philosophy, and patristics. The Washington Theological Consortium List acts as a guide to the titles in this collection.

Archives, manuscripts, correspondence, and oral histories:
George B. Barbour collection, 1,500 items with inclusive dates of 1928-1972. This collection contains 200 photocopies of letters from Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, typescripts of 2 lectures, 150 photographs, and 900 clippings, along with pamphlets and articles regarding Teilhard de Chardin.

There is an in-house directory to this collection.

Over 3,000 microforms which reflect the subject emphases of the books collection. The collection is made up primarily of texts and journals containing items such as the Woodstock Letters and L'Osservatore Romano along with other newspapers from Rome.

Vertical files:
575 vertical files from the 20th century. These again reflect the interests and emphases in the books collection.

Databases, CD-ROMS, and other machine-readable resources:
ATLA Religion Database on CD-ROM; Bible on CD-Rom; Old Testament Abstracts; Catholic Periodical Index; St. Thomas Aquinas Opera Omnia.

Subject Headings

Apologetics; Bible; Biblical studies; Catholic Church; Christian biography; Church history; Councils and synods; Dogmatic theology; Gospels; Ignatius, of Loyola, Saint, 1491-1556; Jesuits; Judaism; Missions and missionaries; Moral theology; Patristics; Pauline theology; Prayer; Reformation; Religion and state; Sacraments; Saints; Spirituality; Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre, 1881-1955; Thomas Aquinas, Saint, ca. 1225-1274; Virgin Mary; Worship

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