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Stored in boxes, 1828-1988, n.d.

Identifier: Subseries 3
This collection is made up of reliquaries containing relics of a variety of saints. These include first-class relics, second-class relics, and third-class relics. The reliquaries are made of a variety of metals, wood, and fabric, and many are ornate in design. Many of the reliquaries are decorated with fabric, jewels, and paper ornamentation. Most of the relics have been sealed into the reliquary with a wax seal, denoting the priest that authenticated the relic. This collection also includes documentation for many of the relics. These documents authenticate the relics as being genuine, identify the saints, give physical descriptions of the reliquaries to assist in identification, and forbid the sale of the relics. This collection includes documentation that does not match any of the relics in the collection. Some of the relics in this collection do not have accompanying documentation, or insufficient description was given to provide certain correlation between the documents and the relics.

The reliquaries have been authenticated and matched to their documentation by Professor Joseph Jacobs in the Religious Studies Department at the University of Dayton.


  • 1828-1988, n.d.

Language of Materials

Documents in this collection are in Latin and English.

Restrictions on Access

Open for research. Handling of items is limited due to their fragile and valuable nature. Reliquaries and documentation may not be removed from the reading room.


From the Collection: 15 Linear Feet (11 boxes of relics, 1 box of papers; additional relics are on display in the US Catholic reading room)


Repository Details

Part of the Roesch Library Repository

300 College Park Dr.
Dayton Ohio 45469-1360