Catholic Social Action
ASSOCIATION OF ROMAN CATHOLIC WOMEN PRIESTS RECORDS, 2010-, (5.8 feet and 409 MB unprocessed).
Records of an organization of ordained women from the United States and South America that is part of the global Roman Catholic Women Priests initiative, which seeks full equality for all within the (Roman) Catholic Church. Records include correspondence, subject files, personnel files, photographs, media releases, blogs, and DVDs. [Connect to ARCWP Inventory]
BLIED, BENJAMIN J., COLLECTION, 1903-1950, 0.2 foot.
Materials largely relating to Fr. Peter E. Dietz and his involvement in Catholic social action and the labor movement in the early twentieth century through groups such as the Militia of Christ for Social Service and the Social Service Commission of the American Federation of Catholic Societies, including brochures, form letters, pamphlets, and tracts. Also included is a photocopy of Fr. Blied's typescript monograph, "Saxony after Luther."
CATHOLIC ASSOCIATION FOR INTERNATIONAL PEACE RECORDS, 1926-1968, 7.0 feet.
Records of a membership organization (administered as an independent branch of the
Social Action Department of the National Catholic Welfare Conference) concerned with
"educating all Catholics as to their obligations of justice and charity in the cause
of international peace." Included are correspondence, minutes, publications, reports,
speeches, and other records documenting the annual conferences and other activities
of the Association's committees, subcommittees, officers, and secretariat.
[Connect to Catholic Association for International Peace Inventory]
COMMUNICATION MINISTRY, INC., RECORDS, 1976-2009, 0.7 foot.
Records of "a group of gay and lesbian clergy and religious organized to promote and nurture the integration of personal sexuality, spirituality and ministry" through dialogue on three levels: a newsletter, retreats and convocations, and outreach to the leadership of the Catholic Church. It dissolved in 2009 and was folded into New Ways Ministry. Included are minutes, publications, reports, and scattered correspondence. Board minutes, correspondence, and other administrative records are restricted.
CONFERENCE FOR CATHOLIC LESBIANS RECORDS, 1980-1997, 0.5 foot (unprocessed).
Scattered files of an organization that now exists only as an online support group.
COUNCIL ON URBAN AND RURAL LIFE (MILWAUKEE) RECORDS, 1965-1984, 2.4 feet.
Records of an advocacy and research organization, funded by the United Way and the
Archdiocese of Milwaukee, which served as the urban affairs office for the Archdiocese
from its founding in 1966 until its dissolution at the end of 1983. Included are subject
and project files, reports, and publications documenting the group's approach to community
organizing and its stance on social issues, such as the lending practices of area
financial institutions, and the conflicts this engendered.
[Connect to Council on Urban and Rural Life Inventory]
CULLEN, MICHAEL D., PAPERS, 1942, 1953-[ongoing], 5.0 feet.
Papers of a religious educator who co-founded Milwaukee's Casa Maria Catholic Worker
House of Hospitality (1966) and destroyed draft records in the "Milwaukee Fourteen"
anti-war action in 1968, for which he served 9 months in federal prison before being
deported to Ireland. (He was readmitted to the United States in 1991.) Included are
correspondence, legal records (including case files from the office of his attorney,
James Shellow), manuscripts, photographs, press clippings, publications, and audiotape
recordings, largely relating to Cullen's social ministry, anti-war activism, and imprisonment.
Correspondents include Daniel and Philip Berrigan, Dorothy Day, James Groppi, and
[Connect to Michael Cullen Inventory]
DAY, DOROTHY-CATHOLIC WORKER COLLECTION, 1933-[ongoing], 218.3 feet (48.0 unprocessed).
Records of a faith-based movement for peace and social justice through nonviolent
direct action, founded by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin in New York City in 1933 and
represented today by more than 150 loosely affiliated "houses of hospitality" (including
several in Australia, Canada, Europe, Mexico, and New Zealand) in which the poor and
homeless are welcomed as guests. The records document the efforts of Catholic Worker
volunteers to "live out" the Gospel message, interpreted as pacifist, personalist,
and profoundly radical. The collection includes the personal papers of Day, Maurin,
and others involved in the movement; records of the New York City and other Catholic
Worker communities; photographs; audio and video tapes of interviews, talks, television
programs, and peace demonstrations; and a wide variety of publications.
[Connect to Dorothy Day-Catholic Worker Inventory]
FALLS, ARTHUR G., REMINISCENCE, 1962, 0.5 foot.
Incomplete 800 + page typescript of a reminiscence spanning 1901-1943, dictated by a Chicago physician active in civil rights and Catholic social justice organizations, including the Chicago Urban League, Federated Colored Catholics, National Catholic Interracial Federation, The Catholic Worker, and the Congress of Racial Equality.
GROSS, FRANK, PAPERS, 1941-1949, 0.4 foot.
Correspondence and printed materials regarding Acción Católica or Catholic Action
in Mexico, especially Unión Nacional Sinarquista or the National Synarchist Union.
[Connect to Frank Gross Inventory]
IN THE SPOTLIGHT DIGITAL IMAGE COLLECTION
A-Z Index: All Things Lincoln (Feb. 2009), Catholic Ladder Pictorial Catechisms (Jan.
2009), Celebrating Marquette's Presidents (Sept. 2011), Exploration & Discovery: Stamps
(Dec. 2008), Holy Rosary Mission - Red Cloud Indian School 1000th Image (Mar. 2010),
Marquette's Study Abroad Pioneer (May 2009), Mother Theresa: Discovering God in the
Poorest of the Poor (Oct. 2009), New in the M Club Hall of Fame (Nov. 2011), Over
Hill and Dale: Cross Country at Marquette (Sept. 2009), Presidential Campaign Visits
(Oct. 2008), Television Girl: Hildegarde! (Mar. 2009), The Civil Defense Projects:
Dorothy Day (Apr. 2009), Van Vechten's Portrait Archives: 250 Subjects and Growing
(Nov.-Dec. 2009), World War I at Marquette (Nov. 2008), Zablocki: Wisconsin's Mr.
Democrat (Jan.-Feb. 2010).
[Connect to In the Spotlight Collection]
JUSTICE AND PEACE CENTER (MILWAUKEE) RECORDS, 1971-1983, 1.7 feet.
Records of an advocacy and research organization, founded by the Capuchins in 1971
and later supported by nine religious communities, including general administrative
records, minutes of staff and board meetings, newsletters and other publications,
and files on specific issues or programs, such as corporate responsibility, integration,
legislative action, and welfare). The center closed in 1982.
[Connect to Justice and Peace Center Inventory]
KELLY, KATHY, PAPERS, 1977-[ongoing], 1.8 feet.
Correspondence, subject files, writings, and other records of a Chicago-based peace
activist who cofounded Voices in the Wilderness/Voices for Creative Nonviolence in
1996, and has anchored its leadership team from the beginning. Kelly has spent much
of her life promoting nonviolent initiatives for peace and justice in war zones, for
which she has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
[Connect to Kathy Kelly Inventory]
LERNOUX, PENNY, PAPERS, 1964-1989, 0.9 foot.
Papers of an author and journalist who reported on the Catholic Church in Latin America
for The Nation, the National Catholic Reporter, and Newsweek, including correspondence concerning her articles and books.
[Connect to Penny Lernoux Inventory]
LIGUTTI, MSGR. LUIGI G., PAPERS, 1909-1985, 10.4 feet.
Papers of a longtime executive director of the National Catholic Rural Life Conference
and representative of the Vatican to the Food and Agriculture organization of the
United Nations, documenting his efforts to promote rural development and food supply
throughout the world. Included are general correspondence and subject files, manuscripts,
photographs, diaries, and tape-recorded recollections. Of note are files on the Granger
Homesteads, a rural housing development initiated by Ligutti in 1933, and his investigation
of the management of church property in Malta (1969-1971).
[Connect to Luigi Ligutti Inventory]
MADONNA CENTER (CHICAGO) RECORDS, 1865-1979, 4.6 feet.
Correspondence, reports, case files, and related records of a Catholic settlement
house in an Italian neighborhood on the near southwest side of Chicago. Also included
are personal papers of Mary Agnes Amberg, the head resident, and records of the Christ
Child Society of Chicago, with which Madonna Center was closely associated.
[Connect to Madonna Center Inventory]
McGARRY, ANNA, PAPERS, 1937-1991, 1.0 foot.
Papers of a pioneer in the movement for interracial justice, documenting her service
on the staffs of Philadelphia's Fair Employment Practice's Commission and its successor
agency, the Commission on Human Relations, and her leadership of the Catholic Interracial
Council of Philadelphia. Included are clippings, correspondence, memoranda, publications,
reports, and tape recordings of talks and an oral history interview.
[Connect to Anna McGarry Inventory]
MILWAUKEE CATHOLIC INTERRACIAL COUNCIL RECORDS, 1959-1969, 0.4 foot.
Newspaper clippings, minutes, newsletters, and scattered correspondence documenting the work of this agency, an affiliate of the National Catholic Conference for Interracial Justice.
MULLANEY, REV. ANTONY, MILWAUKEE FOURTEEN COLLECTION, 1968-1970, 0.3 foot.
Files of a member of the “Milwaukee Fourteen” concerning his involvement in this Vietnam
War protest action in Milwaukee, the trial, and his subsequent imprisonment. Newspaper
clippings, statements, and notes on prison conditions are included.
[Connect to Antony Mullaney Inventory]
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LAITY RECORDS, 1967-1973, 3.4 feet.
Records of an independent Catholic advocacy group (known at first as the National
Association of Laymen) which sought "to bring the unique lay dimension to Church renewal,"
focusing on issues such as conscientious objection to the Vietnam War, the financial
accountability of Catholic dioceses, the religious education of Catholic students
(opposing government aid to parochial schools), women's rights, and world peace. There
are files on committees and projects, conventions, board and officers' meetings, and
affiliated organizations, including the Archdiocesan Laity League of Milwaukee. Documentation
is scant for the first three years, and there is little or nothing concerning several
committees and programs and the decision to dissolve the association in 1973.
[Connect to National Association of Laity Inventory]
NATIONAL BLACK SISTERS' CONFERENCE RECORDS, 1968-[ongoing], 4.7 feet.
Records of a United States based organization of women religious, founded in 1968.
Its purpose has been to provide ongoing communication, focusing on the education and
support of African American women religious while confronting racism in society and
the Catholic Church. The records include correspondence, minutes, unpublished papers,
presentations, conference materials, and other materials documenting the programs
and services provided by the National Black Sisters Conference (NBSC). Also included
are records from its Development of Educational Services in the Growing Nation (DESIGN)
[Connect to National Black Sisters' Conference Inventory]
NATIONAL CATHOLIC CONFERENCE FOR INTERRACIAL JUSTICE RECORDS, 1958-2001, 33.1 feet.
Records of the national federation of Catholic human relations agencies and interracial
councils, founded in 1960 following the U.S. Catholic bishops' statement on racial
discrimination and segregation, including general correspondence, information on affiliated
organizations, minutes of meetings of the board of directors, records of conventions
and workshops, and subject files concerning Conference services and projects in the
areas of education, employment, health care, and legislation. Notable correspondents
include Mathew Ahmann, John LaFarge, S.J., John P. Sisson, and Margaret Traxler.
[Connect to National Catholic Conference for Interracial Justice Inventory]
NATIONAL CATHOLIC RURAL LIFE CONFERENCE RECORDS, 1922-[ongoing], 36.6 feet.
Records of a membership organization that is engaged in "challenging and enabling
rural people to participate in the Church’s evangelizing ministry and to live the
faith that does justice," including administrative subject files, minutes and reports
of board of directors and executive committee meetings, general correspondence, and
periodicals and other publications issued by the Conference. Notable correspondents
include Msgr. Luigi G. Ligutti, Edward W. O'Rourke, and James L. Vizzard, S.J.
[Connect to Catholic Rural Life Conference Inventory]
NATIONAL CATHOLIC SOCIAL ACTION CONFERENCE RECORDS, 1954-1970, 2.0 feet.
Correspondence, Board and committee minutes, publications, and reports documenting
the annual meetings and other activities of the National Catholic Social Action Conference,
founded in 1957 and dissolved in 1970. The collection is composed of the files maintained
by Msgr. George G. Higgins (director of the Social Action Department of the National
Catholic Welfare Conference and ex-officio member of the NCSAC board), treasurer Ed
Marciniak, and presidents John C. Cort and Caroline Pezzullo.
[Connect to National Catholic Social Action Conference Inventory]
NATIONAL COALITION OF AMERICAN NUNS RECORDS, 1969-[ongoing], 6.3 feet.
Records of "a group of religious sisters united to study and to speak out on issues
related to human rights and social justice," including general correspondence, subject
files, publications, and minutes and memoranda of meetings.
[Connect to National Coalition of American Nuns Inventory]
NEW WAYS MINISTRY RECORDS, 1977-[ongoing], 5.5 feet.
Records of a "ministry of education, justice, and reconciliation" for lesbian and
gay Catholics, founded in 1977 by Sr. Jeannine Gramick, S.S.N.D., and Fr. Robert Nugent,
S.D.S., including publications, subject files, and records of symposia, workshops,
[Connect to New Ways Ministry Inventory]
NUGENT, REV. ROBERT, PAPERS, 1953-2013, 4.0 feet.
Correspondence, speaking engagement and subject files, and writings of a Salvatorian
priest, documenting his ministry to gay and lesbian Catholics.
[Connect to Robert Nugent Inventory]
O'HARA, ARCHBISHOP EDWIN V., PAPERS, bulk 1920-1956 [16 reels microfilm].
Correspondence and writings by Bishop O'Hara regarding Bible translations, the Catholic
Broadcasters Association, the Chemawa Government Indian School (Salem, Oregon), the
Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, rural life and the National Catholic Rural Life
Conference, and Catholic Action or Acción Católica. His concerns regarding rural life
and Catholic Action pertained to Latin America and the United States.
[Connect to Edwin O'Hara Inventory]
QUIXOTE CENTER RECORDS, 1972-2012, 37.3 cubic feet
Records of a faith-based organization active in the United States, Haiti and Central
America, in particular, Nicaragua. Within the Catholic Church the Quixote Center has
lobbied for expanding the role of lay people and for women's ordination. Includes
board and staff meeting minutes, newsletters, photographic materials, press clippings,
publications, videotapes, and DVDs. Personal correspondence between co-founders William
Callahan and Dolly Pomerleau is restricted until January 2020.
[Connect to Quixote Center Inventory]
SEMINARIANS' CATHOLIC ACTION COLLECTION, ca. 1941-1948, 1.6 feet.
Personal papers of Msgr. Thomas J. Reese relating to the Seminarians' Catholic Action
Movement, which he helped to organize and lead while a student at the Theological
College at Catholic University. Correspondence, manuscripts, publications, and reports
document the activities of study groups at the Theological College and other seminaries,
and the gatherings held at the University of Notre Dame in 1946 and in Montreal in
1947. Also included are minutes of meetings of a Young Christian Workers "cell" in
Wilmington, Delaware, 1946-1948.
[Connect to Seminarians' Catholic Action Inventory]
SOCIAL ACTION VERTICAL FILES, ca. 1930-present, 18.0 feet (unprocessed).
Published information by and about religiously-motivated organizations and individuals active in peace and social justice movements.
SODALITY MOVEMENT/CHRISTIAN LIFE COMMUNITY-USA RECORDS, 1912-[ongoing], 25.0 feet.
Records of the United States branch of the Sodality/Christian Life Communities movement,
founded to promote social action and devotion to Mary among lay Catholics, including
correspondence, reports, and publications.
[Connect to Sodality Movement/Christian Life Community-USA Inventory]
TRAXLER, SR. MARGARET ELLEN, S.S.N.D., PAPERS, 1916-1918, 1924, 1941-2002, 6.4 feet.
Papers of an outspoken advocate for the rights of women in society and the Catholic
church, who was instrumental in founding the National Coalition of American Nuns and
the Institute of Women Today (directing the latter from 1974 until 2000, after eight
years on the staff of the National Catholic Conference for Interracial Justice). Sr.
Traxler also championed the State of Israel and the cause of Jews seeking to emigrate
from the Soviet Union. Included are correspondence, subject files, press clippings,
and publications. There is extensive correspondence resulting from her decision to
join 23 other religious sisters in signing an ad in the New York Times on the diversity of teachings by some Catholics on abortion. The “Vatican 24” were
threatened with dismissal from their congregations if they did not retract their support
for the statement. Notable correspondents include Sr. Ritamary Bradley, Mary Margaret
Johanning, and Jessica Powers.
[Connect to Margaret Ellen Traxler Inventory]
VOLUNTEER MISSIONARY MOVEMENT-USA RECORDS, 1981-[ongoing], 0.6 feet.
Records of the US branch of a faith-based organization founded by Edwina Gateley in 1969 to recruit, train and place lay volunteers in collaboration with partners in the host countries, including minutes of meetings, newsletters, and reports.
WOMEN'S ORDINATION CONFERENCE RECORDS, 1974-[ongoing], 9.8 feet.
Records of a United States based organization promoting "the ordination of women as
priests and bishops into a renewed priestly ministry in the (Roman) Catholic Church,"
including minutes and reports of meetings, newsletters and other publications issued
by the Conference, subject and project files, and other records documenting the group's
[Connect to Women's Ordination Conference Inventory]
ZABELKA, REV. GEORGE, PAPERS, 1943-1992, 0.3 foot.
Writings and limited correspondence of a diocesan priest from Michigan (1915-1992)
who served as chaplain for the men who dropped the atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki
and later underwent a conversion to total pacifism, after which he engaged in lengthy
peace walks and spoke widely on the imperative of gospel nonviolence.
[Connect to George Zabelka Inventory]