Timeline

1842
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Statue of Father Edward Sorin

Father Edward Sorin, C.S.C., founds Notre Dame. 

1933
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Fr. Philip S. Moore begins a program of medieval studies, assisted by the Sorbonne, offering graduate courses for the first time. 

1946
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From left to right: Reverend Joseph N. Garvin, C.S.C., first Assistant Director; Reverend Philip S. Moore, C.S.C., founder; Reverend Gerald B. Phelan, First Director

Father Moore, now dean of the Graduate School, formally founds the Medieval Institute. 

1962
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Microfilming in Milan: (from left to right) Monsignor Angelo Paredi, Professor. Astrik Gabriel, Monsignor Ernesto Moneta Caglio

Microfilming of the Ambrosiana collection begins. 

1963
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The Hesburgh Library

The Medieval Institute moves to the new Hesburgh Library (then Memorial Library); Father Theodore Hesburgh gives the Institute an entire floor. The director, Canon Gabriel, chooses the seventh floor, as seven is the number of perfection.

1982
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Notre Dame purchases the personal collection of Milton V. Anastos, a renowed Professor of Classics and Byzantine Studies at UCLA; this collection is housed in the Medieval Institute's Starvros Niarchos Byzantine and Classics Reading Room (room no. 714), inaugurated in 2012. 

2012
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Medieval Institute Director Remie Constable donates room 714B to house the new Near Eastern Studies Collection.