University of Notre Dame

Liturgical Arts Society Records


Origination : Liturgical Arts Society.
Extent : 95 linear feet. 2 record albums. 27 linear feet of photographs.
Repository : University of Notre Dame Archives
Address : Notre Dame, Indiana 46556

Administrative Information


Acquired by the University of Notre Dame Archives, 8 December 1972, from Maurice Lavanoux.

Preferred Citation

Liturgical Arts Society Records (LIT), University of Notre Dame Archives (UNDA), Notre Dame, IN 46556

Scope and Content

Correspondence, photographs, slides, negatives, films, postcards, holy cards, financial records, articles, pamphlets, record albums, and lectures and editorials by Maurice Lavanoux.

Correspondents include Jacques Maritain, Archbishop Robert Lucey, Monsignor Reynold Hillenbrand, Francis Cardinal Spellman, Bishop Edwin V. O'Hara, Marc Chagall, Eleanor Roosevelt, Ivan Mestrovic, Siegfried Guggenheim, Theodore Hesburgh, CSC, Francis W. Kervick, Monsignor John Tracy Ellis, Harvey Cox and Percival Goodman.


The Liturgical Arts Society was organized in New York in 1928 as a national effort to promote the arts that support Roman Catholic liturgy and culture. It was formed by lay people but also included members of the American hierarchy, foreign prelates, clergy, and women religious. Gerard L. Carroll was its president.

In 1931 it began publication of the journal Liturgical Arts with the secretary of the Society, Maurice Lavanoux, serving as editor. In 1972 Liturgical Arts ceased publication and the society was dissolved due to lack of funds.


Liturgical Arts Society.
Lavanoux, Maurice, 1894-1974.
Maritain, Jacques, 1882-1973.
Lucey, Robert Emmet, 1891-1977.
Hillenbrand, Reynold 1905-1979.
Spellman, Francis 1889-1967.
O'Hara, Edwin V. (Edwin Vincent), 1881-1956.
Chagall, Marc 1887-1985.
Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962.
Mestrovic, Ivan, 1883-1962.
Guggenheim, Siegfried.
Hesburgh, Theodore Martin, 1917-
Kervick, Francis W. (Francis William Wynn).
Ellis, John Tracy 1905-
Cox, Harvey Gallagher.
Goodman, Percival.
Christian art and symbolism.
Art and religion.
Catholic Church and art -- United States.
Liturgy and art -- United States.

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