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Reeves Library has digitized several collections for use by the college community, alumni and the public. Our initial project, which was part of a competitive consortium grant awarded to 42 libraries by the CIC (Consortium of Independent Colleges), chronicles the history of the Moravian Seminary and College for Women from 1854 to 1954. Materials in the listed collections can be used for curricular assignments or more in-depth research. We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with educators and work with researchers on the use of these materials.

Moravian Seminary and College for Women Collections

Moravian College for Women Oral Histories Project, 2001-2003: Videotaped interviews by the Moravian Alumni Association consisting of women alumnae about their experiences at the women's college.

MCW Women in the Sciences Exhibit: Research from a student library internship produced this exhibit showcasing Moravian College for Women graduates in the sciences from 1913-1954. This research guide illustrates the many facets of the project and the collaboration required to create the exhibit, which is available to travel to other institutions!

Seminary Primary Sources on the Web

Cooperative Digital Resources Initiative (CDRI): An initiative of ATLA and ATS, this database contains the following: "digital images of woodcuts, photographs, slides, papyri, coins, maps, postcards, manuscripts, lithographs, sermons, shape-note tune books, and various forms of Christian art, architecture, and iconography."

Theological Commons: Early Text Related to the Bohemian-Moravian Church of the Brethren: Moravian's contribution to the Cooperative Digital Resources Initiative (CDRI). Hosted by Princeton Theological Seminary, over 110,000 resources on theology and religion, including public domain books, periodicals, audio recordings, photographs, manuscript collections, and more.

Digital Exhibits

Civil Rights Speeches at Moravian College (1968-2002): A collection of recently digitized recorded speeches from the college archives by notable civil rights activists who spoke at Moravian College. Created by Michael Erickson '21 as part of a student internship. 

History of the Moravian University Christmas Vespers: In celebration of 125 years of Christmas Vespers, the University Archives presents a "History of the Moravian University Christmas Vespers Virtual Exhibit", which tells the story of the university's vespers service through pictures, videos, and first hand accounts reported by students in the school newspapers. This exhibit was developed in collaboration with the Moravian Music Foundation and is dedicated to the memory of the late Richard Schantz. 

Moravian Through the Mail History Exhibit: Edward C. Schultz's '62 collection of Moravian College souvenir postcards published from 1901 to the 1960s, each displayed in interactive format next to modern photos of the same location.

John Updike at Moravian College: John Updike was invited to Moravian College in 1967 to receive an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from the College in part of a program marking the dedication of the newly built Reeves Library. Moravian College Archives has the complete digitized recording of Updike interviewed by Dr. George Diamond in 1982.



Newly Added:

Moravian College Veterans Oral History Project

The Moravian College Veterans Oral History Project highlights the proud history of military service by Moravian alumni. Spanning the decades from the late 1940s up to the present, this collection of stories from Moravian veterans encompasses the Cold War, Vietnam War, Iraqi War, and Afghanistan.


Other Collections

Bethlehem Digital History Project, 2000-2010: This grant-funded Web project provides access to digitized primary source materials relating to the early history of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 1741 – 1844, sponsored by the Bethlehem Area Public Library and Moravian College.

John Payne Mathematics Journals: Mathematics journals handwritten by John Payne dating from 1814 to 1865. John Payne lived in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in the 19th century.

Moravian College: Classroom Action Research Network Bulletin: The downloadable bulletins in this collection cover the years 1977-1991. This network grew out of the Centre for Applied Research in Education (CARE), founded by Professor John Elliott at the University of East Angola, UK., known for his work developing the theory and practice of action research for curriculum and teacher development.

Comenian: The Comenian is Moravian College's student newspaper, dating back to 1891. Digital editions of the World War I era, 1914 to 1919, are supplemented by classroom curriculum materials.

Student Records Index 1884-1925: a searchable index of Moravian College and Theological Seminary alumni graduating between 1884 and 1925. The index is located on the now-archived, old Moravian Archives site.