Books Ripped Away: Secularization and the Removal of Monastic Books to State Libraries

Part of Destruction and the Book: Three Part Lecture Series with the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library

THURSDAY, April 16; 7–9PM
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Wine reception to follow.

Minnesota Center for Book Arts is honored to partner with the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) for Destruction and the Book, a three-part lecture series exploring the history of the book.

The third lecture in the series is “Books Ripped Away: Secularization and the Removal of Monastic Books to State Libraries” with Dr. Matthew Heintzelman, Curator of Western Collections and Rare Books at HMML. This presentation will look at the history of monastic collections that were built over centuries and their removal to the Bavarian State Library, state libraries and archives in Austria.

Dr. Matthew Heintzelman received his BA in Modern Languages from the University of Notre Dame, an MA in Germanic Languages and Literature from the University of Chicago, an MA in Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa, and a Ph.D. in Germanic Studies from the University of Chicago. Besides German language, literature and culture, Dr. Heintzelman focuses on materials in other foreign languages (Spanish and Latin), as well as other aspects of cultural studies–art, music, religious history and ecumenism (especially Lutheran-Catholic and Jewish-Catholic dialogues). A major focus has also been on the history of books and the functioning of libraries as institutions. He currently holds two curatorships at the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library – curator of Western Manuscripts and curator the Saint John’s rare book collections. Learn more about HMML at

Check out the other lectures in the series!

Malta, Slavery & Archives: The Legacy of Human Trafficking in Early Modern Documents

Cut, Eaten, Burnt, Stained: The Perilous Life of Old Books