In May, Drs. Mark Janzen and Michael Springer brought students from the University of Central Oklahoma to London for two weeks to work on the ongoing Dutch Church Library Provenance Project, a collaboration between Lambeth Palace Library and the Church. The students, History and Museum Studies majors, spent their time researching and cataloguing books given to Lambeth Palace by the Dutch Church following the Second World War. ‘I am grateful for this opportunity providing invaluable experience for our students,’ explained Dr. Springer, a History professor at Central Oklahoma.
‘International field experience is important for preparing students for professional careers, and it is thrilling to work with Lambeth Palace Library and the Dutch Church, two significant institutions in London’s rich history’. We participated in the project this summer, gaining archival experience working with 16th and 17th century texts as well as further developing practical skills in communication and teamwork. We are also pleased to assist Lambeth Palace Library, the Dutch Church, and any scholars wishing to use the collection. Our work identifying and cataloging the books, and our research on ownership, will be added to the library’s catalogue and, eventually, to the Dutch Short Title Catalogue making it easier for scholars to access the works. One exciting discovery we made is that the Church’s gift is larger than the previously estimated 200-300 books. Students will return next summer to continue researching this important part of the Lambeth Palace collection. An especially exciting highlight of our time in London was a tour of the Dutch Church and the treasures of its library. We wish to thank everyone who contributed to our experience including Marja Kingma, Diana Mercer, and Dr. Rosalind Janssen from the Dutch Church, and Giles Mandelbrot from Lambeth Palace Library. Brenna Graham and Taylor Mills