Rare 1790 Catholic Bible Found in Kentucky Vault, Returned to Notre Dame

Carol Pike isn’t Catholic, and technically she’s not an archivist. She’s a former college and high school librarian and an elder for her Disciples of Christ church in Glasgow, KY. Pike spent years cataloging a rare book collection for the Sisters of Loretto, a congregation of nuns. One day the community’s archivist, Sister Eleanor Craig, asked Pike if she’d like to examine some of the books stored in “the vault.”

After passing through two sets of steel doors, Sister Eleanor pulled a cardboard box labelled “Rare Bibles.” As Pike opened a wrapped volume, she had a Eureka moment.

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