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THE DOROTHY DAY - CATHOLIC WORKER COLLECTION

NEW YORK CATHOLIC WORKER RECORDS

SCOPE AND CONTENT


Series W-1.1, Catholic Worker Press Publications, 1933- (.4 cubic foot), consists of the books, pamphlets, leaflets, and circulars published by the New York Catholic Worker. It is arranged alphabetically by type of document and chronologically thereunder. 

Series W-1.2, The Catholic Worker, 1933- (2 cubic feet), consists of the back files of the New York CW's newspaper, including the four-volume facsimile reprint edition published by Greenwood Press (May 1933-June 1961).

Series W-2.1, General Correspondence, Outgoing, 1933- (.6 cubic foot), is arranged chronologically. Correspondence pertaining to submitted manuscripts, CW communities, and certain activities and concerns of the CW movement is filed in Series W-3 through W-6).  

Series W-2.2, General Correspondence, Incoming, 1933- (3.0 cubic feet), consists largely of "letters to the editor" commenting on positions taken by the New York CW and articles published in its newspaper. It is arranged alphabetically by correspondent and chronologically thereunder.

Series W-3, Editorial Files, 1933- (1.7 cubic feet), consists of records that document the editing of The Catholic Worker, including a sampling of submitted manuscripts and related correspondence, arranged by author. 

Series W-4.1, St. Joseph's House and Maryhouse (New York City) Records, 1934- (.6 cubic foot), consists of records that document the operations of these houses, including correspondence, clippings, and legal and financial records. The series is arranged alphabetically by type of record and chronologically thereunder. Two folders are restricted; consult an archivist for further information.

Series W-4.2, Maryfarm (Easton, Pennsylvania, and Newburgh, New York) Records, 1935 (1936-1955)-1992 (.4 cubic foot), contains the surviving records of two farms operated by the New York CW (1936-1946 and 1947-1955) and a graduate school paper on the Easton farm, for which one of the residents was interviewed. The series is arranged alphabetically by type of record and chronologically thereunder. One folder is restricted; consult an archivist for further information.

Series W-4.3, Our Lady Star of the Sea Camp and Peter Maurin Farm (Staten Island, New York) Records, 1940 (1949-1964)-1978 (.3 cubic foot), consists of fragmentary records of the camp (1940-1941) and farm (1950-1964), arranged by type of record. One folder is restricted; consult an archivist for further information.

Series W-4.4,   Catholic Worker Farm (Tivoli, New York) Records, 1912, 1946-1947, 1956, 1963-1980 (1 cubic foot), documents the NYCW's endeavors from 1964-1979 at a site overlooking the Hudson River. The series is arranged alphabetically by type of record and then chronologically. Three folders are restricted; consult an archivist for further information.

Series W-4.5, Peter Maurin Farm (Marlboro, New York) Records, 1979- (.3 cubic foot) contains records of the present farm of the NYCW, arranged alphabetically by type of record and chronologically thereunder. Two folders are restricted; consult an archivist for further information.

Series W-4.6, Catholic Worker Communities, 1933- (9.6 cubic feet), contains records of affiliated CW communities. Tthe only records we have for many CW houses and farms were received from the New York CW. As records are received from other communities separate series will be established for them.The series is arranged alphabetically by location of community and type of record and chronologically thereunder. 

Series W-5, Financial and Legal Records, 1933- (2.0 cubic feet), documents transactions of the New York Catholic Worker as a whole, including checks paid (1955-1976) and donations received (1955-1989, sampled). The series also contains correspondence and documents relating to the Internal Revenue Service's attempt to tax the NYCW. (Financial and legal records pertaining to a particular house or farm are filed in its series.) The series is arranged alphabetically by subject and type of document and chronologically thereunder.

Series W-6.1, General Subject Files, 1934- (1.2 cubic feet), contains correspondence and publications concerning  particular interests of the New York CW community, such as cooperatives, retreats, and prison reform. The series is arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically thereunder.

Series W-6.2, Subject Files: Communities and Social Welfare Organizations, 1933-, n.d. (.4 cubic foot), documents the NYCW's ties to other communities and organizations, including the Bruderhof, Friendship House, and The Grail. The series is arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically thereunder.

Series W-6.3, Subject Files: Labor, 1933- (1.3 cubic feet), concerns the NYCW's efforts in behalf of organized labor, notably Dorothy Day's intercession with Cardinal Spellman at the time of the "Grave Diggers Strike" in 1949. It includes a Christmas crèche constructed under Ade Bethune’s direction by members of the Catholic Union of Unemployed (a self-help group organized by the New York CW), ca. 1939. The series is arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically thereunder.

Series W-6.4, Subject Files: Pacifism and Conscientious Objection, 1936- (1 cubic foot), documents the anti-war activities of the New York CW community, including protests against  mandatory civil defense drills (1955-1961) and the Vietnam War. There is also information on the Association of Catholic Conscientious Objectors, spun off from the NYCW during the Second World War, which sponsored alternative service camps and published The Catholic C.O.  (A complete run of this serial is included.) The series is arranged chronologically.

Series W-6.5, Subject Files: People, 1923-1926, 1935- (1 cubic foot), contains files on associates of Dorothy Day and other Catholic Workers who were not themselves members of the movement. It includes letters from Dorothy Day to the following: Rev. Harvey Egan, Fritz Eichenberg (photocopies), Llewellyn Jones, Rev. Leo Neudecker, William Oleksak, and Anne Perkins. The series is arranged alphabetically by proper name and chronologically thereunder.

Series W-6.6, Subject Files: Surveillance of Dorothy Day and Other Catholic Workers, 1943-1990, n.d. (.3 cubic foot), contains a photocopy of the New York Police Department Intelligence Division ("Red Squad")  file on the Catholic Worker, correspondence and notes of Robert Ellsberg on Dorothy Day's FBI file, and the FBI's file on Arthur Sheehan (actually pertaining to Dorothy Day and the New York Catholic Worker as a whole).

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