University of Notre Dame

Rufus William Rauch Papers


Origination : Rauch, Rufus William, 1904-
Extent : 7 linear inches
Repository : University of Notre Dame Archives
Address : Notre Dame, Indiana 46556

Administrative Information


Donated by Hilary Rauch, son of Rufus W. Rauch.

Preferred Citation

Rufus William Rauch Papers (RWR), University of Notre Dame Archives (UNDA), Notre Dame, IN 46556

Scope and Content

Papers of Rufus Rauch, consisting of manuscript material related to his interest in Dante, with special attention to art based on or illustrating Dante's works; other material useful for the study of The Divine Comedy gathered in preparation for a never published book, A Companion to Dante; typewritten manuscripts of his Bachelor's thesis on Newman (1924), his Master's thesis on Chesterton (1925), and articles or drafts on T.S. Eliot, sophistry in Romeo and Juliet, and Catholics and social reform; also published articles representing his interest in Chesterton, Maritain, Ben Jonson, William Langland, and literary topics, and a copy of The Rauch Book (1977) concerning his genealogy.


Rufus William Rauch was born in 1904 and grew up in Dubuque, Iowa. He earned a B.A. from Loras College (1924) and an M.A. from the University of Iowa (1925). He joined Notre Dame's faculty as an instructor in English in 1927, was promoted to Assistant Professor in 1929, to Associate Professor in 1933, and to Professor in 1939. He directed the Philosophy of Literature program in the English department for twenty years. He also served as president of the Faculty Club and founding chairman of the University Club and on the Faculty Senate. He retired in 1970 and died on the 8th of January, 1988.


Dante Alighieri, 1265-1321.
Langland, William, 1330?-1400?
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
Jonson, Ben, 1573?-1637.
Newman, John Henry, 1801-1890.
Chesterton, G. K. (Gilbert Keith), 1874-1936.
Maritain, Jacques, 1882-1973.
Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965.
Dante Alighieri, 1265-1321. Divina commedia--Illustrations.
Romeo and Juliet.

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