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
*Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, we’ve decided to postpone all public events in March and April. We will be rescheduling these events, so please be on the lookout for updates.

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.

Free and open to the public, the lecture will be followed by a wine reception. We ask that you to RSVP via Eventbrite.

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 another upcoming lecture in this series!

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