Thanks to the support of the Western New York Library Resources Council (WNYLRC) Archival Services Program, The Rev. Ludwig Bonvin, SJ, Collection will be fully processed during Canisius’ 150th year, which also is the 80th anniversary of Bonvin’s death. Kristine Kasbohm, library director, announced that this support will make this important collection, housed in the Rev. J. Clayton Murray, SJ, Archives and Special Collections in the Andrew L. Bouwhuis, SJ, Library, more fully accessible.
Rev. Ludwig Bonvin, SJ (1850-1939), a Swiss-born internationally respected Jesuit, composer and professor, spent most of his priestly life at Canisius College beginning in 1870. He was an authority on Gregorian chant and liturgical music. Driving this project are conservation and preservation concerns related to its fragile paper-based contents. These include musical scores and compositions (liturgical and secular), hand-written scholarly publications, personal correspondence and journals, photographs and critical exploration of Gregorian chant, which is enjoying a revival in the church.
For more information, contact Kathleen DeLaney, archivist and special collections librarian, at Ext. 8421.
Submitted by: Kathleen M. DeLaney, archivist and special collections librarian, Archives and Special Collections