University of Notre Dame

Arthur W. Terminiello Papers


Origination : Terminiello, A. W. (Arthur W.)
Extent : 6 linear inches.
Repository : University of Notre Dame Archives
Address : Notre Dame, Indiana 46556

Preferred Citation

Arthur W. Terminiello Papers (TRM), University of Notre Dame Archives (UNDA), Notre Dame, IN 46556

Scope and Content

Audio recordings and transcripts of Terminiello's memoirs, dictated in 1962, with exhibits prepared by Terminiello to illustrate them, including letters, sermons, clippings, pamphlets, photographs, and copies of Terminiello's newspapers, Saint Teresa's Village News (1940-1941) and The Crusader (1941);concerning social justice, Terminiello's anti-communist Union of Christian Crusaders, Gerald L. K. Smith and the America First Party, charges of fascism, racism, antisemitism, and rabble-rousing against Smith and Terminiello, the 1949 Supreme Court case involving Terminiello and freedom of speech, and Terminiello's pastoral activities.


Catholic priest known as the Father Coughlin of the South. He ministered to tenant farmers in Alabama and Florida, started innovative programs involving mobile trailer chapels, conducted radio and television programs (The Pastor's Fireside), founded an experimental community called Saint Teresa's Village, and for a time toured and lectured with Gerald L. K. Smith.

In 1946 a Chicago court found him guilty of "making an improper noise, riot, disturbance, breach of the peace or diversion tending to a breach of the peace" because of remarks he made at a Gerald L. K. Smith rally; the Supreme Court heard his appeal in 1949 and the justices wrote four separate opinions.


Terminiello, A. W. (Arthur W.)
Smith, Gerald L. K. (Gerald Lyman Kenneth), 1898-
America First Party.
United States. Supreme Court.
Farm tenancy.
Share cropping.
Television broadcasting -- Religious aspects.
Radio broadcasting -- Religious aspects.
Television in religion -- United States.
Radio in religion -- Catholic Church -- United States.
Religious broadcasting -- United States.
Church and social problems -- United States.
Social justice.
Freedom of speech -- United States.
Saint Teresa's Village News.
The Crusader.

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