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The Donald E. O’Shaughnessy Library
A 1455 Gutenberg Bible facsimile, a permanent icon display of the Women of the Church: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, and 85,000+ volumes are but a few of the treasures awaiting visitors at the Donald E. O’Shaughnessy Library (DEOL). The 24,000+ square feet library offers resources relating to the curriculum and programs of OST as well as materials designed for scholarly research in theological subject fields.
The library is open for study and research to visiting scholars, researchers, and the local community.
The Library consists of three floors in both the north and west wings that include:
The core of these archives is the historical records of the former Southern Province of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. They are the property of the United States Province of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, and have been retained in San Antonio for easier access for researchers on Texas and the Southwest. They comprise the non-active files and related historical material of the Texas-based Oblate administration, ministries, and personnel from 1849 to 1999. The collection includes original documents, photographs, copied material, artifacts, and related published works.
The material covers over 180 parishes, and many more missions served from those parishes, mostly in Texas, but also in Mexico, Louisiana, New Mexico, Colorado, and California. It also includes foreign missions; houses of formation (for training new Oblate missionaries); renewal centers (retreat houses); chaplaincies in hospitals, prisons, the military, and schools; and other special ministries. The records are invaluable for the work of the Catholic Church in the Southwest, especially among Hispanics. They are essential to the history of the local church in south and west Texas and the greater Houston area.
By special arrangement, other collections are also housed in these archives (such as the catholic newspaper The Southern Messenger, 1903-1957).
The Archives is open to researchers by appointment only.
To schedule an appointment, please contact the archivist by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 210-341-1366 extension 205.
The circulation collection is located on floors 2 & 3 of the north wing.
The reference collection is located on floor 2A of the west wing.
The current journal collection & special collections are located on floor 1A of the west wing.
The bound journal collection is located in the basement of the west wing.
The off-site collection is located in the basement of the campus chapel.
The original collection in this rare book depository consists of the pre-20th century publications gathered from Oblate parishes along the lower Rio Grande in Texas by Fr. Robert Wright, OMI, in the early 1980s. Known as the Oblate Lower Rio Grande Collection, these 18th and 19th century books are shelved according to their provenance from Brownsville, La Lomita-Mission, Rio Grande City, Roma, and Laredo. The collection includes biblical, theological, pastoral, and historical works in Spanish, Latin, French, English, and German. The greater part of the Mission collection is a very valuable set of works from Mexico probably brought for safety across the border during the Mexican Revolution.
Three other collections are closely related to the first. The Kenedy Collection is a valuable group of Texana collected by the Kenedy family in South Texas. The Borderlands Collection consists of works on the southwestern United States and Mexico, especially north east and north central Mexico, collected by Fr. Robert Wright, OMI. The Johnson Collection houses works on San Antonio and Texas collected by Mr. Johnson.
The Oblate Oregon Collection is the research collection of Fr. Ron Young OMI, on the pioneer Oblate missionary work in the Oregon Territory (1847-1860).
The remaining collections consist primarily of rare books dealing with various ecclesiastical disciplines, such as theology and church history. The Assumption Seminary Collection and Oblate College (Washington, DC) Collection come from two longtime partner institutions of Oblate School of Theology. The Oblate School of Theology Collection consists of the other rare books accessioned by the School throughout the decades, with works dating from as early as 1546 (The works of St. John Chrysostom, signed by the Spanish inquisition and the Viceroy of New Spain).
Donald E. O’Shaughnessy Library
210-341-1366 ext. 311
Monday – 7:30 am – 8:00 pm
Tuesday – Thursday – 7:30 am – 9:30 pm
Friday – 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
Saturday – 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Closed January 16, 2017
Closed April 14 – 17, 2017
Maria M. Garcia, Director of Library
Oscar Gutierrez, Circulation Clerk
Mathew Martin, Archivist & Rare Book Curator
Olivia Anne Peters, Library Assistant
Joanne Aleman, Library Assistant
Carmen Rodriguez, General Services Manager
Bea Tovar, Cataloguer
Bro. Tim Unser, OFM Conv., Circulation
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