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Full Text Publications


Campus History and Reflections

Brother Gatian's Journal (1847-1849)
Brother Gatian was one of the six Brothers, with Fr. Edward Sorin as their superior, to found a mission in Vincennes, Indiana, and subsequently traveled to the mission at Notre Dame in November 1842. He kept this journal in part of his role as secretary, to serve in the Composition of the Chronicles of N.D. du Lac, ordered by the Council of Administration.

The University of Notre Dame by Arthur J. Stace (Donahoe's Magazine, January 1885)
Professor Stace gives the reader a tour of campus, describing buildings and surroundings, paintings inside the Main Building and Sacred Heart Church, academic pursuits, and religious life.

Notes on Early History of Notre Dame by John W. Cavanaugh, C.S.C.
These are Father Cavanaugh's notes of Notre Dame's early years from a manuscript in the Archives. He recounts stories about Notre Dame's buildings, academics, and the people who lived here.

My Fifty Years at Notre Dame by Leo R. Ward, C.S.C.

Sketches from North America (1845)
A German priest travels to the mission at Notre Dame and describes its nature, religious life, and interactions with the Potawatomi tribe. He also describes his experiences in South Bend and Bertrand, Michigan.

A Memoir from the Freeman's Journal (Published July 5, 1873)
The writer reminisces about the hospitality received at Notre Dame on Christmas in 1844. While there was little room for him then, by 1873 Notre Dame had grown to be able to accommodate 1500 people visiting for Commencement that year.

University of Notre Dame du Lac by Edward Gillin, from the Boston Pilot, September 28, 1850
Gillen travels westward and visits Notre Dame, describing the campus, academics, and religious life. He also describes the surrounding areas, local industries, and means of transportation.

Music in a Forest by Dr. Thomas L. Nichols, from Forty Years of American Life (London: John Maxwell, 1864), volume II, pages 108-115
Dr. Nichols followed strange music he heard in the forest along the banks of the St. Joseph River and stumbled upon Notre Dame. Once there, Father Edward Sorin gave the new visitor a tour of campus.

"Fas est ab Hoste Doceri" ("It is permitted to take a lesson from an enemy") (c1860s)
Reprinted from the Church Journal, this article explores the successes of Notre Dame (the enemy), and how the Protestant Church could use similar tactics to toward growing their own bases, thus thwarting the Roman Catholic church in America.

A Visit to Notre Dame by Philip O'Hanlon Jr., New York Tablet, May 27, 1865
O'Hanlon writes to the editors of the Irish American about his visit to Notre Dame and Saint Mary's.

In the Land of the Strenuous Life excerpt by Abbé Félix Klein of the Catholic University of Paris (Chicago: A. C. McClurg & co., 1905), pages 122-133.
Klein visits Notre Dame and recounts academic life, student life, and the general workings of every day life on campus.

A Modern Monastery by the Rev. John Talbot Smith (Donahoe's Magazine, October 1907)
Smith marvles at Notre Dame's accomplishments from such humble beginnings.

Dr. Tom Dooley's Letter to Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh (December 2, 1960)
Dying of cancer, former student Tom Dooley writes to University President Rev. Theodore Hesburgh from Hong Kong. From halfway around the world, Dooley yearns to be back at Notre Dame, in the comfort of the snow-covered Grotto. After Dooley's death a month and a half later, Hesburgh commissioned a copy of the touching letter, engraved on stainless steel and enclosed in a box, to be placed near the Grotto.





This page was last updated May 14, 2009