FROM THE RELIGION IN AMERICAN HISTORY SITE:
Today I’m thrilled to share this guest post from Kyle Roberts, an Assistant Professor of Public History and New Media at Loyola University in Chicago. Kyle is a historian of evangelicalism in the early republic whose work focuses on the Atlantic world, the built environment, and print culture. His forthcoming Evangelical Gotham: Religion and the Making of New York City, 1783-1860, will rethink a lot of our assumptions about urban religions and his articles on the religious history of books have already garnered awards. Before joining Loyola, Kyle worked for several years in Harvard’s Museum of Natural History and was a postdoctoral fellow at Queen Mary University London where he helped build a Virtual Library System of early Protestant library catalogs discussed below. In this post, Kyle writes his ongoing efforts to collapse the spaces between all of these fields in his ongoing Jesuit Libraries Project. For Chicagoland readers, the project also comes with an outstanding public seminar series, so take note. And as the conclusion suggests, this is hopefully the first of several posts from Kyle!