McCrank started to catalog the rare books & manuscripts of Mt. Angel Abbey (MAA) in Oregon. He became fascinated with the continuing monastic tradition of lib. develop. in W. Civil. & its role in contemporary monasticism & spirituality. He realized that the cat. would be enhanced by a pub. history of the MAA community & lib. This history discusses: (I) MAA: Lineage; Antecedents & Precedents, 1865-80; Foundation, 1880-82; Priory, 1882-1904; MAA, 1904-21; Transition, 1920-34; Modern Community, 1934-82; & Today, 1982; (II) Library: Monastic Lib. Tradition; Early Develop., 1882-1926; Restoration of the Lib., 1926-53; Toward a New Lib., 1953-70; Modern Lib., 1970-82; & Dedication Address: A Benedictine Lib. in a Disordered World. Bibliography. Illus.
Lawrence J. Mccrank, Paperback 0 edition, ISBN 10: 0842022120, ISBN 13: 9780842022125