Events & Exhibits - Spring 2008

Special Collections News

The Heritage Room will be hosting an exhibit titled From Main Street to Your Street: Sinclair Lewis and the American Nightmare from the Library of Stephen R. Pastore. The exhibit, running from February 11 through April 20 will feature first editions and other items from Mr. Pastore's collection. The exhibit is scheduled in conjunction with the republication Exhibit Bookby the University of Scranton Press of Stephen Pastore's definitive descriptive bibliography of Sinclair Lewis. Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951) was a novelist and playwright who became the first American literary figure to win the Nobel Prize "for his vigorous and graphic art of description and his ability to create, with wit and humour, new types of characters." Lewis was renowned for his realistic novels of social criticism such as Main Street, Babbitt, and Arrowsmith. A selection from Stephen Pastore's book collection was featured last year in a Heritage Room exhibit titled Harmless to Homicidal: a Collection of Hoaxes and Literary Forgeries

Special Collections has just received another installment in the Sister Josephine Koeppel O. C. D. Edith Stein Collection. Sister Josephine is the author of Edith Stein: Philosopher and Mystic, recently republished by the University of Scranton Press, and a translator of works by Stein. Sister Josephine has donated her library of research material including books and articles about Stein and correspondence concerning Sister Josephine's research. Edith Stein (1891-1942) was a German philosopher who converted to Catholicism in 1922. After being banned from teaching by the Nazis, she joined the Order of Discalced Carmelites in 1934. She died in Auschwitz concentration camp in 1942. She was canonized in 1998 by Pope John Paul II as St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.
A finding aid for the Michael P. Stack Collection has recently been added to the Special Collections webpage. The Stack Collection is on long-term loan from the Scranton diocese. Fr. Michael P. Stack was the pastor of the Church of the Annunciation in Williamsport, PA at the time of the founding of the Diocese of Scranton. Unfortunately, Father Stack mismanaged the parish's finances and was relieved of his position by Bishop O'Hara in 1871. Father Stack refused to accept the authority of the Bishop, reopened the church, and sued the Bishop claiming that he had been fired illegally. After a long court battle, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania decreed in 1881 that Bishop O'Hara had the right to "administer the Diocese of Scranton and each of its parishes in accordance with the laws and the traditions of the Catholic Church." Father Stack was released from his responsibilities with the diocese and died in 1889. The collection contains correspondence primarily concerning his legal case with the Bishop.
Michael Knies