University of Notre Dame

Patrick and Patricia Crowley Papers


Origination : Crowley, Patrick and Patricia
Extent : 9 linear feet. 2 linear inches of photographs.
Repository : University of Notre Dame Archives
Address : Notre Dame, Indiana 46556

Administrative Information


Gift of Patrick and Patricia Crowley. Original accession: September 1969. Subsequent accessions through 1999.

Restricted by contract.

Preferred Citation

Patrick and Patricia Crowley Papers (RWL), University of Notre Dame Archives (UNDA), Notre Dame, IN 46556

Scope and Content

Questionnaires on the rhythm method of birth control, and on responsible parenthood and love in marriage, with responses from those who answered them; reports, notes taken at meetings, correspondence and background papers, 1964-1967; articles on birth control, dating from the 1960s through the 1980s; a copy of the book Turning Pointby Robert McClory regarding the Commission; book reviews and Crowley correspondence concerning Turning Point; letters from members of the Commission in preparation for Turning Point; letters received concerning Turning Point, including some from bishops; publicity for Turning Point. Also correspondence and clippings dating from the 1970s through the 1990s having to do with the SPCBPC material in the Crowley Papers in the Notre Dame Archives and publications or documentaries issuing from research in this collection; two scrapbooks containing reactions to Bishop Bruskewitz's criticism of Patty Crowley; Patty Crowley's correspondence and clippings, 1999; photographs of the Commission; photographs from the book party at DePaul University for Turning Pointby Robert McClory (7 May 1995); and printed material having to do with the concerns of the Commission.


Patrick (Pat) and Patricia (Patty) Crowley were leaders of the Christian Family Movement. They were appointed by Pope Paul VI in December 1964 to serve on the Special Papal Commission on Birth and Population Control. They conducted surveys of CFM members on birth control as part of their service on the Commission.


Crowley, Patrick F., 1911-1974
Crowley, Patricia Caron, 1913
Special Papal Commission on Birth and Population Control
Catholic Church. Papal Birth Control Commission.
Birth control -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Catholic Church Birth control -- Religious aspects -- Catholic Church
Turning Point: the inside story of the Papal Birth Control Commission, and how Humanae Vitae changed the life of Patty Crowley and the future of the Church

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