University of Notre Dame

Edward A. Goerner Papers

1885-2012 (bulk 1958-2012).

Origination : Goerner, Edward Alfred, 1929-
Extent : 13 linear feet
Repository : University of Notre Dame Archives
Address : Notre Dame, Indiana 46556

Administrative Information

Student records are closed. Drafts of the aristocracy book may not be copied.


Donated in 2013 by his wife Iris Mensing with the consent of his family.

Preferred Citation

Edward A. Goerner Papers (GOE), University of Notre Dame Archives (UNDA), Notre Dame, IN 46556

Scope and Content

Files representing Goerner's research and teaching, his work on The Review of Politics, and his writings, including his unpublished book on aristocracy; documenting courses on political theory, Rawls, Camus, Locke, Kant, Aristotle, and Plato; with articles, notes, offprints, letters, and manuscripts; and restricted student files.

Thanks to Allison Murphy for providing abstracts describing the contents of each folder.


Edward A. Goerner was born in Brooklyn in 1929. After he graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1952, he served in the United States Navy for three years. Then he earned a doctoral degree in political science from the University of Chicago, graduating in 1959, and taught for a year at Yale. For over half a century he taught political science at Notre Dame and was both popular with students and highly respected by colleagues. For many years he served as associate editor of The Review of Politics. Author of Peter and Caesar: the Catholic Church and Political Authority (New York: Herder and Herder, 1965), he also edited and wrote introductions for The Constitutions of Europe (Chicago, H. Regnery, 1967) and published many articles in scholarly journals. He died in 2012 at the age of 82.


Goerner, Edward Alfred, 1929-
University of Notre Dame. Dept. of Political Science.
Political theory and political philosophy
Peter and Caesar: the Catholic Church and Political Authority