1885-1985 (bulk 1934-1935)Extent : 55 items
Nealis Family Papers (ZCT), University of Notre Dame Archives (UNDA), Notre Dame, IN 46556
Poetry manuscripts of Jean E.U. Nealis, 1885-1899; holy cards from paintings by Mother Margaret Nealis, RSCJ, superior of Sacred Heart Convent, Montreal; the nostalgic correspondence of N.J. Nealis with John F. O'Hara, CSC, President of the University of Notre Dame, 1934-1935; and a few other letters and clippings by or about members of the Nealis family.
Jean E.U. Nealis was a convert to Catholicism, a frequent contributor of stories and poems to the Ave Maria, the Messenger of the Sacred Heart, the Boston Pilot, and other Catholic periodicals. Her youngest daughter, the artist Margaret Nealis, became a Religious of the Sacred Heart; her son, Nat J. Nealis, known as Jack, was a Notre Dame student in 1885-1886 when the family lived in South Bend.