A new article in the Washington and Lee University website written by Tom Camden, the University Library’s Head of Special Collections and Archives, opens with these tantalizing words:
- Four years ago, one of my first-year work-study students dropped by my office to ask if he could look at the Martin Luther pieces housed in the Special Collections vault. He had found them listed in the library catalog.
Of course, I encouraged him to pull the items for viewing, with one caveat: He had to show them to me first, since I had not seen them and was not aware that Washington and Lee owned early Martin Luther items. What we discovered was nothing short of sensational.
Appearing the day before the 500th anniversary of Luther’s “95 Theses” earlier this week, Professor Camden’s Prelude to Reformation tells the fascinating story of W&L’s acquisition of four Luther works from the 16th century, an account in which the intellectual curiosity and generosity of recent graduate Joshua Duemler (’17) are justly recognized.
More information about the University Library’s Special Collections is available @ http://library.wlu.edu/specialcollections/