1901-1961.Origination : American Federation of Catholic Societies.
Collected by Sister Mary Adele Francis Gorman in support of her doctoral dissertation on the AFCS (University of Notre Dame, 1962).
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American Federation of Catholic Societies Collection (AFC), University of Notre Dame Archives (UNDA), Notre Dame, IN 46556
Material concerning the American Federation of Catholic Societies and Anthony Matre, its National Secretary; consisting of proceedings of annual meetings, the federation's bulletin, 1906-1919, issues from the weekly press service of the federation's Social Service Commission, 1913-1918, scrapbooks and newspaper clippings, and various editions of the federation's constitution and bylaws; with correspondence of Anthony Matre and other federation officials to Catholic and secular organizations and leaders including Woodrow Wilson, William Jennings Bryan, and Robert Lansing; correspondence between Matre's sons, Richard and Frank, and Sister Mary Adele Francis Gorman containing comments on her dissertation and reflections on the activities of their father and the federation; and correspondence with manuscript repositories.
A loose union of organizations that tried to mold Catholic opinion, influence legislation, and promote decency in entertainment and motion pictures. Anthony Matre served as national secretary of the federation.