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Catholic Social Action



BLIED, BENJAMIN J., COLLECTION, 1903-1950, n.d., 0.2 feet.

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.
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CHIAPAS (MEXICO) AND CENTRAL AMERICA COLLECTION,

Bulk 1980s-2000s, 7.0 feet (unprocessed).

Photography and papers by Richard G. Flamer, a Vietnam War veteran, anti-war activist, and Catholic Worker. The images document the life of the poor and refuges in Chiapas, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua, including Maya Indians, 1980s-2000s. Also documented is the development of a Catholic Worker center and farm in San Cristobal las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico.
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COMMUNICATION MINISTRY, INCORPORATED RECORDS, 1977-present, 1.4 feet (unprocessed).

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 quarterly newsletter, retreats and convocations, and outreach to the leadership of the Catholic Church.


CONFERENCE FOR CATHOLIC LESBIANS, INC., ca. 1983-1996, 1.2 feet (unprocessed).

Scattered files of an organization that now exists only as an online support grou.


CONGREGATION OF THE GREAT SPIRIT RECORDS, 1980s-2000s, 3.3 feet (3.0 feet unprocessed).

Pertains to a predominantly American Indian parish of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and the Siggenauk Interfaith Spiritual Center, an urban spiritual outreach and social welfare agency based at the parish. [Connect to Inventory]


CONRAD N. HILTON FUND FOR SISTERS RECORDS, 1986-[ongoing], 94.2 feet (65.6 feet unprocessed).

Records of a fund established by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation in 1986 to support humanitarian projects directed by Catholic sisters in impoverished and underdeveloped areas worldwide. Most projects pertain to health care, education, economic development, and welfare. Several projects have served indigenous Native Americans in the United States and elsewhere in the Americas.
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COUNCIL ON URBAN AND RURAL LIFE (MILWAUKEE) RECORDS, 1965-1984, 2.8 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.


CULLEN, MICHAEL D., PAPERS, 1942, 1953-present, 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 Albion Ross. 
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DAY, DOROTHY-CATHOLIC WORKER COLLECTION, 1933-present, 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.
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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 other papers of a Milwaukee banker who was active in lay Catholic organizations, documenting his efforts to promote the cause of the right-wing "Synarchist" movement in Mexico and the friendships he formed with several of its members.
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JUSTICE AND PEACE CENTER (MILWAUKEE) RECORDS, 1970-1982, 4.0 feet (unprocessed).

Records of an advocacy and research organization, founded by the Capuchin Franciscan Friars 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.


LERNOUX, PENNY, PAPERS, 1969-1989, 4.0 feet (unprocessed).

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.


LIGUTTI, MONSIGNOR 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).
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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.
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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.
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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.


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.
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NATIONAL BLACK SISTERS' CONFERENCE RECORDS, 1968-present, 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) program.
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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.
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NATIONAL CATHOLIC RURAL LIFE CONFERENCE RECORDS, 1922-present, 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," includining 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 Luigi G. Ligutti, Edward W. O'Rourke, and James L. Vizzard, S.J.
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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 NCSAC's board), treasurer Ed Marciniak, and presidents John C. Cort and Caroline Pezzullo.
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NATIONAL COALITION OF AMERICAN NUNS RECORDS, 1969-present, 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.
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NEW WAYS MINISTRY RECORDS, 1977-present, 4.7 feet.

Records of a "ministry of education, justice, and reconciliation" for lesbian and gay Catholics, founded in 1977 by Jeannine Gramick, SSND and Robert Nugent, SDS, including publications, subject files, and records of symposia, workshops, and retreats.
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NUGENT, REV. ROBERT, PAPERS, 1963-present, ca. 18.0 feet (ca. 9.0 feet unprocessed).

Manuscripts, publications, and speaking engagement and subject files documenting Father Nugent's ministry to gay and lesbian Catholics.


O'HARA, EDWIN V., PAPERS, bulk 1920-1956 [16 reels microfilm].

Correspondence and writings of the founder and first director of the Catholic Rural Life Conference, who later served as Bishop of Great Falls, MT, and Kansas City, MO.
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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.
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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.
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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-present, 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.
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TRAXLER, SR. MARGARET ELLEN, 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.
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WOMEN'S ORDINATION CONFERENCE RECORDS, 1974-present, 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 activities.
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