Thomism Through Time: 1400s to the Present

          There is no way to over-emphasize the importance of St. Thomas Aquinas in the development of Christian thought and his influence on higher education. The patron of Catholic schools, St. Thomas holds a special place in the hearts of members of The Catholic University of America. We honor him during our annual St. Thomas Aquinas Mass in January, to reaffirm our commitment to faithful Catholic education, and in the depictions of him throughout our campus - a bust in Mullen Library, a statue and stained glass window in Caldwell Chapel, and another stained glass window in the St. Michael Chapel. The building which hosts the University Archives is named after St. Thomas. It is clear that a great deal of emphasis is placed on St. Thomas and his works, not only here at The Catholic University of America, but at universities and centers of learning around the world. A special privilege that we have as Special Collections is that we house many rare books related to the works of St. Thomas Aquinas. It is truly a gift that we, The Catholic University of America, are stewards of such wonderful items. In order to showcase just a few of our items, this exhibit has been curated to offer examples of what we hold. This is in no way an exhaustive list of what our collection contains in regards to St. Thomas Aquinas, but this exhibit is an introduction to the resources that we have on the Angelic Doctor, and a starting point for students and scholars who would like to know more about our collections.


Brandi Marulli