Posts with the tag: finding aid

New Finding Aid Available Online for the Vatican Counicl II papers of Bishop Ernest Primeau

A new finding aid is available online for the Bishop Ernest Primeau Vatican Council II Collection. This collection includes preparatory materials that he compiled for the pontifical commission for the discipline of the clergy and the faithful, documents that reflect his work with the Secretariat for the Promotion of Christian Unity and his personal involvement in the development of key decrees and declarations, as well as correspondence pertaining to more general work. It does not contain material relating to the administration of the diocese of Manchester during the council.Access the finding aid at

New Finding Aid Available Online for the Vatican Council II papers of James J. Norris

A new finding aid is available for the small but important Second Vatican Council related collection of prominent layman James J. Norris It includes correspondence, notes, and newspaper clippings as well as published and non-published documents associated with his involvement from his initial attempts to become a lay auditor to his participation in post-conciliar sub-commissions. The finding aid can be accessed at

Revised Finding Aid and New Digital Collection Available for the Robert Lincoln O’Connell World War I Collection

A revised finding aid (inventory) and new digital version of the Robert Lincoln O’Connell World War I collection is now available. Ranging from 1900 to 1972, but focused on the period of 1917 to 1919, the collection contains correspondence and related material as well as publications, postcards, and photographs associated with his time as an engineer in the U.S. Army from basic training in the states through military service in France and Germany in the First World War. The letters he wrote to his mother and sisters are of particular interest, especially his observations on war-time Washington, D.C., as well as incidents on the front lines in France and post-war occupation duty in the Rhineland of Germany. The finding aid can be accessed at
and once on this site you can follow the links to individual digital images, or you can access the main site of the WRLC Digital collection at

Online Finding Aid and Digital Collection Available for the First Vatican Council Photograph Album

The First Vatican Council Photograph Album contains 731 carte de visite albumen prints of First Vatican Council participants, and was likely created sometime during the council sessions that began on December 8, 1869 and ended on September 1, 1870. The participants were primarily European, though the United States was represented by 48 of 800 cardinals, patriarchs, archbishops, bishops, abbots, and religious superior generals in the sessions over the nine months. During the sessions, there were numerous discussions and disagreements as to the definition of papal infallibility, and the status of the bishops in relation to Pope Pius IX. In the end, two doctrinal constitutions emerged: Dei Filius (April 24, 1870), a shortened version of the schema on faith and reason, and Pastor aeternus (July 18, 1870), which defined the primacy and infallibility of the pope. The finding aid can be viewed at, and a digital version of the collection can be viewed at

New Finding Aid Available Online for the John Mitchell Papers

The John Mitchell Papers, ca. 1876-1931, comprise 189 boxes, 130 linear feet, that document his many labor and civil affiliations, especially as President of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA), 1898-1908. The papers are organized into six series: Correspondence, ca. 1885-1931; United Mine Workers of America, Minutes, Proceedings, Constitutions, and Reports, 1891-1908; Miscellaneous Minutes, Proceedings, and Reports, 1914-1919; Printed Matter, 1876-1918; Photographs, 1896-1924; and Miscellaneous and Unprocessed, ca. 1884-1924. Significant persons, events, and conditions of the ‘Gilded Age’ are revealed, especially in the UMWA material, regarding such watershed issues as standardized wages, working conditions, and collective bargaining. The web address for the finding aid is There is also a digital collection of the John Mitchell Photographs hosted by WRLC at

New Finding Aid Available for the Papers of Msgr. Peter Guilday

The Peter Guilday Papers, 55 linear feet; 110 boxes, contain personal and professional correspondence, notes, lectures, and sermons. They also contain the original documents and subject files used by Guilday throughout his career and research as a professor at Catholic University and a leading American Catholic History scholar. The majority of the collection spans his scholastic and professional career from 1904-1947. However, some of the original documents which are included date back to the 18th and 19th century. The collection is divided into three series, with photographs are interspersed throughout each series. The web address is

Online Finding Aid Now Available: Commission on American Citizenship

The records of the Commission of American Citizenship of the Catholic University of America spans 1938 to 1970, consists of manuscripts (mostly correspondence) and the publications by the Commission, including guides for social teaching and textbooks for grade schools as well as periodicals for the youths and children. Special thanks to Yuki Yamazaki and Library School practicum student Taras Zvir for assistance in creating this finding aid.

New Finding Aid for the Papers of Msgr. George Gilmary Higgins Available Online

The American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives is pleased to announce the creation of a finding aid for the papers of Msgr. George Higgins. Born in 1916 in Chicago, he obtained a Master’s degree in Economics in 1942 and a Ph.D. in 1944 from The Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, DC. He served the American bishops’ conference from 1944 to 2001 in various capacities relating to Catholic social thought, labor relations, and ecumenical affairs. He attended the Vatican II Council and was a moving force in the Church’s support for Cesar Chavez and the farm workers union movement. He also served as Chairman of the Public Review Board of the United Auto Workers of America (AFL-CIO) and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. Higgins wrote numerous book reviews for Commonweal and America, was the author, 1945-2001, of the syndicated column “The Yardstick,” and, in his later years, returned to Catholic University as a lecturer. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Bill Clinton in 2000 and died on May Day, 2002.  He was widely mourned as a tireless champion of the labor movement and a progressive voice in the Roman Catholic Church. The bulk of the collection consists of paper records including correspondence, subject files, and publications.