Major Subject Areas in the Manuscript Collections

Below are the major subject areas found in the manuscript collections. Click on the hyperlink to view the finding aid for the individual collections listed within each subject. This is not a comprehensive listing for each subject area. A more detailed subject guide to our collections can be found here.

Catholic Press and Publishing
Catholic Higher Education
Catholic Social Action
Catholic Laity
Catholic Clergy
Religious Orders
Charismatic Renewal
Liturgical Movement

Catholic Press and Publishing

Catholic publications naturally reflect current Catholic attitudes; they can also act as agents of change.  Records kept by publishers of books and magazines often tell the story behind the scenes and allow scholars to trace the development of new ways of thinking as editors, depending on their own views, react against or support them. Many of the attitudes common after the Second Vatican Council appear in these records years or decades before the Council began.

The University Archives holds records of Catholic publishing firms, publications, and press organizations including the following:

Fides Publishers
Twenty-Third Publications
Ave Maria Press
Sheed and Ward
(see also their Family Papers)
National Catholic Reporter
U.S. Catholic
Our Sunday Visitor
Ave Maria Magazine
Catholic Press Association
The Archives also has the papers of individual publishers, editors, journalists, and authors including:

Joseph A. Breig
Orestes A. Brownson
Paul C. Bussard
John Cogley
Maurice Francis Egan
Austin E. Ford
Samuel Hazo
Robert Blair Kaiser
Frederick Kenkel

Eugene C. Kennedy
Anthony Kerrigan
Gary MacEoin
John Matthias
Ralph McInerny
James A. McMaster
Gerhard Niemeyer
Michael Novak
John A. O'Brien

Arthur Preuss
Philip J. Scharper
George N. Shuster
Eduard Adam Skendzel
Charles Warren Stoddard
Richard Sullivan
Donald J. Thorman
Tim Unsworth
Michael C. Wales

Catholic Higher Education

Among the leaders in Catholic higher education in the twentieth century, Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., is preeminent. The Archives holds not only the official University Records he generated as President of the University of Notre Dame (1952-1987), but also his personal papers representing his many activities outside the University.  These records include those that relate specifically to higher education, such as Fr. Hesburgh’s work with the International Federation of Catholic Universities, the Carnegie Commission on the Future of Higher Education, the Midwest Universities Research Association, and the Institute of International Education.

Several other collections reflect an interest in Catholic higher education, such as the records of the National Federation of Catholic College Students, the National Organization for Continuing Education of Roman Catholic Clergy, the Venerable English College (Rome), and the Irish College (Rome); papers of James W. Armsey, Murray Sperber, and many professors from Notre Dame and other Catholic colleges and universities.

Catholic Social Action

In the twentieth century Catholic action provided an answer to the challenge of socialism.  The Catholic resistance to the advance of communism did not consist entirely of reactionary retrenchment.  In the social encyclicals of Pope Leo XIII (Rerum Novarum, 1891) and Pope Pius Xi (Quadragesimo Anno, 1931) Catholics found a progressive alternative. Catholic action promoted social justice and peace without endorsing a radical rejection of traditional religious values.

The University Archives holds records representing Catholic action in the lay apostolate from the Christian Family Movement (with the related papers of Patrick and Patricia Crowley), Young Christian Workers (with the related papers of Mary Irene Zotti), and the Young Christian Students (with related papers of Fr. John J. Berkery), along with records kept by the national chaplain of all of these groups, Msgr. Reynold Hillenbrand. Documentation of the Catholic Relief Services organization can be found in the papers of James J. Norris and Msgr. Joseph Harnett.

The Archives also has records of many social action organizations including:

National Center for Urban Ethnic Affairs
Catholic Committee on Urban Ministry
Midwest Council of La Raza
Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center

Center of Concern
Groundwork for a Just World

Collections relating to the Catholic peace movement include:

Catholic Peace Fellowship
Pax Christi USA 
Center on Conscience and War

Eileen Egan
Gerard Vanderhaar
Gordon Zahn

Catholic Laity

James F. Edwards did not entirely neglect lay people in his collecting during the nineteenth century, but he certainly favored bishops and the clergy in his collecting.  Recognition of the contribution of lay people to the Church grew in the twentieth century and achieved official recognition in and after the Second Vatican Council.

The University Archives holds the records of the Chicago Conference of Laymen and the National Association for Lay Ministry, as well as the papers of many Catholic lay people including:

Paul Charles Bartholomew
Ideal Baldoni
Daniel Brent
John Carroll Brent
Henry Brownson
Don Carlos Buell
Paul M. Butler
Patrick Henry Callahan
Gilbert Cardenas
Marie Cirillo
Dennis Clark
Richard H. Clarke
John Paul Cullen
Thomas A. Dooley

Joseph Dutton
Thomas Ewing
Charles Fayh
Frank M. Folsom
Howes Goldsborough
Edward Lee Greene
Norlene Kunkel
Rose Marciano Lucey
Marilyn K. Lukas
Daniel E. Lungren
Mary B. Lynch
Thomas F. Mahony
Ann Harrigan Makletzoff
Clarence Manion

Nina Polcyn Moore
Joan Morris
James A. Mulligan
David J. O'Brien
Lillian O'Connor
Francis J. O'Malley
John and Jean Oesterle
William James Onahan
Charles Phillips
Eliza Allen Starr
Frank C. Walker
Joan Hazelden Walker
Richard J. Westley

Catholic Clergy

In recognizing the importance of the laity in the Church, one must not make the mistake of underestimating the importance of the clergy. During the twentieth century, the University Archives continued James Edwards’ tradition of collecting records of clerical organizations and papers of individual priests.  These materials include:

National Federation of Priests Councils
Association of Chicago Priests
Clergy and Religious Printed Material Collection
Clergy Writings Collection
Ernest Audran
Peter A. Baart
Stephen T. Badin
Geno C. Baroni
George Bornemann

Raymond T. Bosler
John C. Cappon
John F. Cronin
Msgr. John Egan
Joseph Gremillion
Felix Klein
Joseph Selinger  
Arthur W. Terminiello
James J. Zatko

Religious Orders

Religious orders were of the greatest importance in the Church before and after the Second Vatican Council in their role as educators, nurses, administrators, contemplatives, and reformers. As leaven in the Church, religious men and women contributed to the ferment of the years before the Council and were generally among the most enthusiastic participants in the changes that took place after it.

The Archives holds records of national religious organizations and congregations including:

Leadership Conference of Women Religious
Conference of Major Superiors of Men
National Assembly of Religious Women
Consortium Perfectae Caritatis
National Assembly of Religious Brothers
Association of Contemplative Sisters
Monastic Interreligious Dialogue
National Conference of Vicars for Religious
Brothers of the Good Shepherd
Brothers of the Poor of St. Francis
Congregation of Holy Cross
Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ
Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Kentucky
Sisters of Loretto
Sisters of Providence of Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods
Sisters of St Clare, Saginaw
Sisters of St Francis, Oldenburg
Religious Orders of Women
Religious Orders of Men
Religious Orders Printed Material
Xaverian Brothers (including their Northeast Province and English Province)
The manuscript collections in the Archives also contain the papers of many Holy Cross brothers and priests, as well as individual religious including:

Sr. Mary Benet, OSB
Fr. David Bowman, SJ
Bp. Paul Boyle, CP
Fr. Edward V. Cardinal, CSV
Br. Joseph M. Davis, SM
Fr. Daniel E. Hudson, CSC

Fr. Paul Marx, OSB
Sr. Rose Eileen Masterman, CSC
Sr. Marie Augusta Neal, SND de Namur
Sr. Lilliana Owens, SL
Sr. Ursula Stepsis, CSA

Charismatic Renewal

Charismatic Christianity has existed for many years. The founders of Methodism, Pentecostalism, and the Holiness Movement among Protestants led Christian revivals long before any Catholics thought of themselves as charismatics.  However, as part of an ecumenical movement in the twentieth century, many Catholics did feel moved by the Holy Spirit in a way previously unknown in the Catholic Church.  After the Second Vatican Council much of the fervor of traditional Catholic devotions, both Eucharistic and Marian, seemed to diminish. At the same time, charismatics found new enthusiasm and renewed fervor in their communities of prayer.

The University Archives has a small collection of records of True House, a charismatic community in South Bend, and records of charismatic conferences held at Notre Dame, but most of the collections documenting the charismatic renewal consist of personal papers, including those of James E. Byrne, Judith Church Tydings, James Connelly, CSC, John and Kathleen Ferrone, Adrian and Marie Reimers, Edward O'Connor, CSC, and Louis Rogge, O. Carm.

Liturgical Movement

Changes in the liturgy after the Second Vatican Council followed years of preparation by scholars who studied the liturgy and artists who worked to renew it.  Influences on the Council Fathers from the liturgical movement go back to the 1830s, but the momentum of the movement increased in the twentieth century after Pope Pius X encouraged more active participation in the liturgy.  Several organizations helped to promote liturgical development in the years before Vatican II; others in the years after the Council worked to implement its liturgical reforms.

The Archives holds records of the Liturgical Arts Society, Catholic Art Association, Liturgical Conference, Vernacular Society, International Commission on English in the Liturgy, English Language Liturgical Consultation, and Consultation on Common Texts and papers of Maurice Lavanoux, Fr. Michael Mathis, CSC, Dr. Joseph P. Evans, and sculptor Ivan Mestrovic.

This page was last updated 16 October 2014