AFRICAN AMERICAN CATHOLICS OF THE UNITED STATES DIGITAL IMAGE COLLECTION
Selected images of African Americans and associated Catholic Church leaders from the
records of the Black and Indian Mission Collection, The Catholic Negro-American Mission
Board, and the National Black Sisters Conference.
[Connect to African American Catholics of the United States Collection]
ALETHEIA READING CIRCLE RECORDS, 1901-1994, 0.7 foot.
Records of an organization of Milwaukee Catholic women, including minutes and yearbooks.
ALPHA SIGMA NU AND GAMMA PI EPSILON RECORDS, 1925-[ongoing], 2.4 feet.
Records of the national Jesuit honor society, founded at Marquette University as Alpha
Sigma Tau in 1915-16, including constitutions and bylaws, correspondence of officers,
membership lists, publications, and records of meetings and conventions. Included
are records of Gamma Pi Epsilon, a national Jesuit honor society for women (also founded
at Marquette), which merged with Alpha Sigma Nu in 1973.
[Connect to Alpha Sigma Nu Inventory]
ARCHAMBAULT, MARIE THERESE, O.S.F., PAPERS, 1937-2008, undated, 0.4 foot.
Papers of a Hunkpapa Lakota teacher-scholar and Sister of St. Francis of Penance and
Christian Charity who was best known for reflections on the Oglala Lakota holy man,
Black Elk, 1863-1950 (Nicholas W. Black Elk, Sr., 1866-1950).
[Connect to Marie Therese Archambault Inventory]
ASSOCIATION OF ROMAN CATHOLIC WOMEN PRIESTS RECORDS, 2010-[ongoing], (2.8 feet and 125 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.
BEST, MARY McCORMACK, PAPERS, 1927-1987, 2.4 feet
Papers documenting the professional theatrical career of a Marquette University graduate,
including playbills and programs, press clippings, photographs, and a limited amount
[Connect to Mary McCormack Best Inventory]
BIRTHING PROJECT ORAL HISTORY COLLECTION, 1990-[ongoing], 1.3 feet.
Interviews of women about their birthing experiences, transcribed and archived under assumed names to protect the privacy of the narrators. The interviews were conducted by Dr. Helen Sterk, with the exception of four interviews conducted on Native American reservations and five interviews conducted in China by Dr. Alice Deakins, and three stories which were submitted in written form by the women. The collection included 69 interviews as of July 23, 1997.
CONRAD N. HILTON FUND FOR SISTERS RECORDS, 1986-, 187.0 feet (153 feet unprocessed).
Records of humanitarian projects throughout the world, which were administered by
Catholic religious sisters and funded by the Hilton Fund for Sisters (1986-). Most
projects sought to alleviate critical community needs in education, health care, clean
water, and economic or energy development, whereas others targeted the internal needs
of congregations of Catholic women religious, especially those in former Communist
countries. Several projects in the United States, and elsewhere in North and South
America, targeted needs among indigenous Native American, African American, and other
[Connect to Hilton Fund for Sisters Inventory]
DALEY, SR. JOEANN, O.P., COLLECTION, 1992-1993, undated, 1.6 feet.
Framed laser art prints and video discussions by Catholic religious sisters from East-Central
Europe regarding their spiritual captivity (1945-1989) and reawakening during and
after Communism. Daley created the artwork from etchings, paintings, and photo collages,
and used the discussions to formulate the theme, "New Spring, New Spirit." Several
prints use Easter and floral imagery.
[Connect to Joeann Daley Inventory]
DAY, DOROTHY-CATHOLIC WORKER COLLECTION, 1933-present, 218.3 feet (48.0 feet 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]
EWENS, MARY, O.P., RESEARCH COLLECTION, 1882-1987, 2014, 2.1 feet (2.1 unprocessed).
Facsimiles and research notes regarding the Congregation of the American Sisters --
a congregation of Dakota-Lakota religious sisters in Dakota Territory and Cuba, 1890s
-- and the Sisters of the Snows, a series of Yupik Eskimo communities of religious
sisters in Alaska, 1920s?-1950s? Box 3 contains audio recordings about the Sisters
of the Snows, which are restricted.
[Connect to Mary Ewens Inventory]
FAHY, SR. PETER CLAVER, PAPERS, 1963-1997, 0.6 foot.
Papers of a Trinitarian nun (1899-2004) who founded and directed houses of prayer,
established hospitality houses for women, and engaged in prison ministry after her
retirement from teaching and social service work. She was a close friend of Dorothy
Day, and played a major role in her involvement in the Lacouture retreat movement.
Included are personal correspondence and biographical and subject files.
[Connect to Peter Claver Fahy Inventory]
FOLEY, THOMAS W., RESEARCH COLLECTION, 1863-2012, undated, 2.0 feet.
Primarily correspondence with facsimiles and diaries regarding Rev. Francis M. Craft
(1852-1920), a mixed-descent Mohawk Indian, and the Congregation of American Sisters
he founded. The American Sisters were a Catholic religious community of Dakota-Lakota
Indians, who served as missionaries, pastoral ministers, and nurses among the Arikara,
Mandan, Gros Ventre, and Dakota-Lakota Indians in North and South Dakota. Later, four
members and Fr. Craft served as nurses and administered a hospital for U.S. Armed
Forces in Cuba during the Spanish-American War.
[Connect to Thomas Foley Inventory]
INSTITUTE OF WOMEN TODAY RECORDS, 1974-[ongoing], 4.3 feet.
Records of a Chicago-based advocacy and service organization for women prisoners and
ex-offenders, including files on workshops and projects and correspondence with prisoners
and prison officials. Interfaith in its programs and support, the Institute was co-founded
and directed for many years by Sister Margaret Ellen Traxler.
[Connect to Institute of Women Today Inventory]
KATERI TEKAKWITHA PROJECT ORAL HISTORY COLLECTION, 1989-2012, 3.4 feet + .7 GB.
Recordings, transcripts, photography, and notes regarding religious prayer and devotion
to St. Kateri Tekakwitha (Algonquin - Mohawk), then a sainthood candidate, by Dakota-Lakota
Jemez, Laguna, Navajo, Pima, Tohono O'odham, Menominee, Ottawa, and Winnebago [Ho
Chunk] Indians in South Dakota, Arizona, New Mexico, Washington State and Wisconsin.
[Connect to Kateri Tekakwitha Project 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]
LINES, EDESSA L. KUNZ, PAPERS, 1905-1952, 1.0 foot.
Records of the Wisconsin chapter of the National League for Woman's Service, for which
Lines was secretary, and photographs and lantern slides documenting housing conditions
for immigrants to Milwaukee in 1906.
[Connect to Edessa Kunz Lines 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 (1912-1965).
Also included are personal papers of Mary Agnes Amberg, the head resident, and records
of the Christ Child Society of Chicago (1907-1978), with which Madonna Center was
[Connect to Madonna Center Inventory]
MARQUETTE WOMAN'S LEAGUE RECORDS, 1910-1973, 2.4 feet.
Records of an organization of Milwaukee Catholic women, including photographs, publications, and scrapbooks.
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]
NATIONAL BLACK SISTERS' CONFERENCE RECORDS, 1968-[ongoing], 4.7 feet.
Records of a United States based organization of women religious, founded in 1968.
It provides ongoing communication, education, and support to African American women
religious while confronting racism in society and the Catholic Church. The records
include correspondence, minutes, unpublished papers, presentations, photographs, 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) program.
[Connect to National Black Sisters' Conference Inventory]
NATIONAL COALITION OF AMERICAN NUNS RECORDS, 1969-[ongoing], 6.3 feet
Records of "a group of 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]
NATIONAL LAYWOMEN'S RETREAT MOVEMENT RECORDS, 1952-1968, 0.2 foot.
Records of an organization established in 1939 to "awaken and sustain enthusiasm" in retreats for lay Catholic women, including clippings, correspondence with Bishop John J. Wright (the Episcopal advisor), photographs, and reports. These are the files of Pauline O. Kopmeier of Milwaukee, president from 1953 to 1956
NATIONAL SISTERS VOCATION CONFERENCE RECORDS, 1967-1987, 2.7 feet.
Records of an organization of women religious in the vocation apostolate. It merged
with the National Conference of Religious Vocation Directors in 1988 to form the National
Religious Vocation Conference.
[Connect to National Sisters Vocation Conference Inventory]
PEñA CALAC, JULIANA,PAPERS, 1887-1960, 0.2 foot.
Papers authored and collected by Juliana Pena Calac regarding her schooling and family
life and that of her siblings; U.S. military service by Cupeño Indians; and her work
on U.S. Government acknowledgement and economic justice concerns of Cupeño Indians
of Pala, California.
[Connect to Juliana Peña Calac Inventory]
POWERS, JESSICA, PAPERS, 1924-2001, undated, 1.7 feet.
Papers of a Wisconsin poet and Discalced Carmelite nun (Sister Miriam of the Holy
Spirit, 1905-1988) including correspondence (mostly letters received), handwritten
and typescript drafts of poems, clippings of her poetry and other writings from magazines
and newspapers, and writings about her. Notable correspondents include August Derleth,
Raymond E. F. Larsson, Robert F. Morneau, and Regina Siegfried.
[Connect to Jessica Powers Inventory]
HILDEGARDE (LORETTA SELL) PAPERS, 1918-1996, 11.7 feet [5 reels microfilm] (3.5 cubic feet unprocessed).
Correspondence, diaries, photographs, press clippings, programs, scrapbooks, and ephemera
documenting the career of the cabaret and cafe singer/pianist Hildegarde Loretta Sell
(known professionally as "The Incomparable HILDEGARDE!), a native of Adell, Wisconsin
who attended the Marquette University School of Music in 1924-1925. Most of the documents
are contained an extensive collection of diaries and scrapbooks.
[Connect to Hildegarde Inventory]
SISTER FORMATION CONFERENCE/RELIGIOUS FORMATION CONFERENCE RECORDS, 1936-[ongoing], 40.3 feet.\
Records of an organization, founded in 1954 as the Sister Formation Conference (the
name changed in 1976 when men formation personnel were added to its membership), which
helped bring about a dramatic change in the status of women religious within the (Roman)
Catholic Church and within American society as a whole, including general correspondence
and subject files, minutes of meetings of the national leadership, records of conferences
and workshops, and publications issued by the Conference. Personal papers of Ritamary
Bradley and Annette Walters concerning their involvement in the Sister Formation movement
are also included. The conflict in the early 1960s between the Sister Formation Conference
officers and the leadership of the Conference of Major Superiors of Women over the
restructuring of the SFC to more directly subordinate it to the CMSW is especially
well documented in correspondence, memoranda, and reports. Notable correspondents
include Ritamary Bradley, Michael Novak, Mary Emil Penet, David Riesman, and Annette
[Connect to Sister Formation Conference/Religious Formation Conference Inventory]
SISTERS OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT RECORDS, 0.1 foot [2 reels microfilm].
Records of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Indians and Colored People. Consult an archivist for further information.
SISTERS UNITING RECORDS, 1970-1981, 0.5 foot.
Records of "a council of representatives of national organizations of women religious" which sought "to facilitate cooperation and coordination among the organizations," including correspondence, memoranda, press clippings, press releases, and reports.
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). 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 nuns (she was a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame) in signing an
ad in the New York Times on the diversity of Catholic teaching 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 Ritamary Bradley, Mary Margaret Johanning,
and Jessica Powers.
[Connect to Margaret Ellen Traxler Inventory]
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]