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Hill Museum & Manuscript Library - Saint John's University

Location2835 Abbey Plaza, Collegeville, MN 56321, USA, Collegeville, MN, USA

Type(s) of establishmentUniversities and Other Educational InstitutionsArchives and Libraries

Type Permanent exhibition

Collection Bibles, books and manuscripts

Hill Museum & Manuscript Library , Collegeville, MN, USA.

Le Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML), situé à l’Université de Saint John, abrite la plus grande archive de photographies manuscrites au monde, sur microfilm et sous forme numérique.

In addition to its manuscript collections, HMML holds works of art and rare printed books from the Middle Ages to the present and is home to The Saint John's Bible, a modern manuscript commissioned by St. John’s Abbey University.

It's a monumental work that is almost two feet by three feet wide when opened. It is currently unbounded, and it took twenty-three artists and 15 years to complete this one single work of art.

The Bible is currently on permanent display at Saint John’s University’s Alcuin Library. The gallery has 1,653 square feet of floor space and is in the lower level of the library and exhibits original folios from the seven volumes of The Saint John’s Bible.

Challenge

The goal for Zone Display Cases was to create a unique and challenging mounting system to display this unbound manuscript in the new gallery. The gallery features twenty-eight folios at one time.

The system needed to allow the client to change those folios and to display the unbound folios as if they were an open book in a floating position.

Our Solutions

Through a unique collaboration between the Director of the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library and our design studio, we have created a very flexible and personalized concept that would display the folios on concealed acrylic holders with a magnetic system to hold the folios in place.

These holders were attached to an anti-reflective and ultra-clear glass stand that was supplied with a pull-out sliding mechanism to facilitate access. A special hinge would also provide 180° access to the interior of the case.

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