University of Notre Dame

Sheed & Ward Records


Origination : Sheed & Ward
Extent : 37.5 linear feet 1.5 linear feet of photographs 3 linear feet of printed material
Repository : University of Notre Dame Archives
Address : Notre Dame, Indiana 46556

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

Sheed & Ward Records (SAW), University of Notre Dame Archives (UNDA), Notre Dame, IN 46556

Scope and Content

Records of the New York office of Sheed & Ward. Although the earliest documents in the collection date from 1933, the thirties and forties are not as well represented as the fifties and sixties. The collection consists of files from the editorial department, files from the publicity department, photographs, and printed material.

The editorial department is represented by correspondence, 1948-1973; subject files, 1955-1973; rejection files, 1968-1970; foreign book files, 1958-1969; and published book files, 1950-1971. Correspondents include Daniel Berrigan, Christopher Dawson, John Tracy Ellis, Andrew M. Greeley, Samuel Hazo, Dan Herr, Hans Kung, Arnold Lunn, John Courtney Murray, Jaroslav Pelikan, Philip Scharper, Edward Schillebeeckx, and Gordon Zahn.

The publicity department is represented by biographical files, 1933-1967; publicity files, 1967-1970; advertising files, 1966-1969; copies of Sheed & Ward's Own Trumpet (the house newspaper), 1943-1969; and clippings of book reviews. Its files contain information on James Andrews, Dorothy Day, Leonard Feeney, Eric Gill, Charles A. Kern, Clare Boothe Luce, Sister Madeleva, Jacques Maritain, François Mauriac, and other Sheed & Ward authors.


Francis J. Sheed and his wife Maisie Ward founded the London publishing firm of Sheed & Ward in 1926. In 1933 they founded a second publishing house, also called Sheed & Ward, in New York City. Philip Scharper served as editor-in-chief of Sheed & Ward (New York), 1957-1970.

This American corporation operated until 1973, when Universal Press Syndicate bought it and made it the basis of a new firm, Sheed, Andrews & McMeel (later Andrews & McMeel).


Sheed & Ward
Andrews, James F. (James Frederick), 1936-
Day, Dorothy, 1897-1980
Feeney, Leonard, 1897-1978
Gill, Eric, 1882-1940
Kern, Charles
Luce, Clare Boothe, 1903-1987
M. Madeleva (Mary Madeleva), Sister, 1887-1964
Maritain, Jacques, 1882-1973
Mauriac, François, 1885-1970
Berrigan, Daniel.
Dawson, Christopher, 1889-1970
Ellis, John Tracy, 1905-
Greeley, Andrew M., 1928-
Hazo, Samuel John
Herr, Daniel C.
Kung, Hans, 1928-
Lunn, Arnold Henry Moore, Sir, 1888-1974
Murray, John Courtney
Pelikan, Jaroslav Jan, 1923-
Scharper, Philip J.
Schillebeeckx, Edward, 1914-
Sheed, F. J. (Francis Joseph), 1897-
Ward, Maisie, 1889-
Zahn, Gordon Charles, 1918-
Sheed & Ward's Own Trumpet
Publishers and publishing
Catholic literature
Catholic Church -- Publishing

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