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Death, Demons, and the Devil: Illustrations in Special Collections Materials: Introduction

Resources in the library's Special Collections department including images of death and the demonic dating from the thirteenth to the seventeenth century

About the Guide

This guide is intended to be a starting point for researchers who wish to examine pictorial representations of death and the demonic within printed materials. "Demonic" is not a well-defined term within Christianity so this guide encompasses a wide range of imagery including apocalyptic iconography and personifications of death as well as the more clear cut representations. 

Each genre tab includes a brief introduction and explanation of the subcategories, helpful keywords for independent catalog searches, and the list of relevant Special Collections resources.  


Tips and Tricks

Initial Search Terms: woodcut; ill.; engraving; iconography

Further Searches: names of notable illustrators; alternate spellings and vocabularies of key terms

Why to Use these Items

The items listed here present scholars the unique opportunity to access rare primary sources first hand. The ability to examine original materials free from outside interpretation is an essential part of improving and impacting contemporary scholarship. Bridwell's exceptional Special Collections department is easily accessible, enabling students, faculty, and the public to conduct research, develop interests, or simply explore the wide variety of medieval and early modern materials available. 

Guides to Books and Illustration

Guides to Demons

How to Access

Information on accessing the Special Collections can be found here

Rare Books and Manuscripts Librarian

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Arvid Nelsen
Bridwell Library, 230A


This LibGuide was created by intern Emily Graue under the supervision of R. Arvid Nelsen and Dr. Bianca Lopez.