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Vivarium is the home of digitized manuscripts, art, rare books, photographs, and other resources from two Benedictine monastic and educational communities in central Minnesota. It is a searchable database delivering a variety of digital objects. Vivarium was created and is maintained by the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library.

Take a Tour
View samples from the collections in Vivarium. The tour is a collection of samples from the various Vivarium collections. A great way to start exploring.



Copyright Notice:
Images on Vivarium are for non-commercial, educational, or research purposes. Users of these images agree to cite Saint John's Abbey and University, the College of Saint Benedict, or the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, Collegeville, MN, depending on the collection where the images reside. With manuscript images, the owning institution must also be cited. Copyright resides with the owning institution, HMML, and the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University. Violations of copyright will be pursued.

Become a contributor to Vivarium
The departments of the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University are invited to submit collections for inclusion in Vivarium. Collections of educational, cultural or historic significance are welcomed. Find out how to participate.

About the Name Vivarium
Vivarium was the famous early sixth-century monastery founded by the Roman statesman and author Cassiodorus Senator (ca. 490-585) on his estate in Calabria (The site is at Squillace, on the eastern side of the "toe" of Italy). The name of the monastery was drawn from its fishponds along the sea: vivarium in Latin means "a place for living things." At Vivarium, Cassiodorus created a manuscript collection of unusual breadth and depth.  The new VIVARIUM, like its ancient inspiration, is a place for encountering lively collections from the humanities, the fine arts, and the natural and social sciences found today at two Benedictine monastic and educational communities in central Minnesota.

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Collections in Vivarium
Vivarium contains a number of collections from various members of the CSB/SJU community. Each collection
has its own custom home page with enhanced searching tools. Note: certain collections are restricted to on-campus access only.
Hill Museum & Manuscript Libraryicon
The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library has been preserving manuscripts photographically for over 40 years. Over the years, other collections of art, rare books, photographs, etc., have been added to HMML's holdings.

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EMIP Ethiopian Manuscripts and Scrollsicon
The EMIP Collection of Ethiopian Manuscript Images is the result of the work of the Ethiopian Manuscript Imaging Project (EMIP) to digitize manuscripts and magic scrolls held in private collections in North America.

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Saint John's University Archivesicon
The Saint John's University Archives has started adding their materials to Vivarium. Photographs and PDF files of significant newspaper articles and documents can be found here.
 

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College of Saint Benedict Archivesicon
The College of Saint Benedict Archives collects the records of the College, 1961 to present. The Archivist is engaged in an ongoing project to digitize and make available photos housed in the Archives.

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CSB/SJU Newspaper Archivesicon
Includes CSB-only newspapers from 1965-1999, SJU-only newspapers from 1888-1999, and the CSB/SJU newspaper from 2000 to the present.

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Saint Benedict's Monastery Archivesicon
The archivists at the St. Benedict's Monastery, home of the Sisters of the Order of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn., document the history and mission of this Catholic order with more than 4,000 artifacts dating to 1857.

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CSB/SJU Honors Collectionicon
A collection of thesis papers written by CSB/SJU students invited to join the Honors Program upon the recommendation of the admission committee and the Honors Program Council.

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Saint John's Potteryicon
A collection of images of pottery produced by Richard Bresnahan at the Saint John's Pottery, as well as work produced by selected students and colleagues.

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Sullivan Collectionicon
The Sullivan Collection contains over 200 religious artifacts, chiefly icons in the traditional Eastern style but also other creative interpretations of sacred images. It was donated to the College of Saint Benedict by Mary Sullivan.

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Saint John's Abbey Collectionicon
The Saint John's Abbey Collection consists of art, artifacts, and archival materials gathered by the monks of Saint John's Abbey since the monastery's founding in 1856.

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CSB/SJU Book Arts Collectionbook arts
Multiple programs at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University are involved with Book Arts which brings a rich mix of ideas and mutually reinforcing enthusiasms into exploration of the book as a medium of expression.

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Communications Marketing Servicesicon
The Communication and Marketing department for the campuses of Saint John's and Saint Ben's use Vivarium as a tool to manage their digital images. Note: only available on CSB/SJU campus.

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