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  • James H. Murphy, Robert Trisco, and John T. Ford C.S.C.

Association Notice

The next spring meeting of the American Catholic Historical Association will be held on April 5–6, 2013, at Stonehill College in North Easton, Massachusetts. Proposals for individual papers or panels may be submitted to Richard Gribble, C.S.C., chair of the Program Committee, at Stonehill College is an undergraduate institution founded in 1948 and sponsored by the Congregation of Holy Cross. It is located approximately twenty miles southeast of Boston and is served by both the Boston and Providence airports. For details on transportation, lodging, and registration, contact Father Gribble.


Controversy has erupted over the plan to disperse the Scottish Catholic Archives, currently housed in Columba House in Edinburgh, to regional centers while a new episcopal center is constructed in Glasgow and to sell off some of the items in the collection to pay for the shortfall in funding the center. Pre-Restoration (1878) materials are to go to the library of the University of Aberdeen, whereas post-Restoration items are to be returned to their diocese of origins until the new center is ready to house them. Critics have claimed that Edinburgh, which hosts the National Library and National Galleries of Scotland, is a more appropriate location for a centralized archive. As some Catholic materials on loan are already housed in the National Library of Scotland, critics contend that it is more logical to send materials there rather than Aberdeen, which is in the northeastern corner of the country. Questions of finance and regional loyalty are influencing the debate.

Michael F. Lombardo (Anna Maria College, Paxton, MA), has submitted the following report on the “Archival Sources for the Life and Career of John J. Wynne, S.J. (1859–1948)” :

Few individuals shaped the course of early-twentieth-century American Catholicism more than John J. Wynne, S.J. (1859–1948). As founder of two of the most successful publishing ventures in American Catholic history—the national Catholic weekly America (1909) and the original Catholic Encyclopedia (1907–14)—Wynne left an indelible impression on American Catholic intellectual life. Wynne was among the American Catholic Historical Association’s founding members and also served, at Peter Guilday’s urging, as [End Page 189] the association’s first vice-president in 1921. Less well-known, but equally important, was his lifelong work as vice-postulator for the canonization causes of the first American saints, the North American Martyrs, and as vice-postulator for Kateri Tekakwitha, who was canonized on October 21, 2012.

Perhaps due to the fact that Wynne never held a permanent academic post, his papers were scattered upon his death in 1948. Today, the bulk of materials related to his professional career can be found in five collections.

The Archives of the New York Province of the Society of Jesus contain Wynne’s personnel file, which includes biographical information and several photographs related to his long career as a Jesuit. The archives also include five bound volumes that contain the original minutes of the editors’ meetings of the Catholic Encyclopedia, as well as a significant number of pamphlets issued by the Encyclopedia Press and the Universal Knowledge Foundation. Documents related to the founding of America magazine and several collections of personal correspondence fill out the collection. Notable among these are documents detailing Wynne’s work with the State and War Departments regarding the settlement of claims in the Philippines, letters detailing his work to secure publication rights to the Jesuit Relations, and an extended correspondence with New York State Board of Education Regent and State Supreme Court Justice Eugene A. Philbin.

The Special Collections of the Georgetown University Libraries houses the archives of America magazine. This collection includes additional correspondence from the Messenger of the Sacred Heart dating back to approximately 1900—shortly before the journal was separated from the Messenger (1902), which was converted into America in 1909.

The American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives at The Catholic University of America contains the archives of the Catholic Encyclopedia. This collection contains the correspondence of the editors of the encyclopedia to 1936; ancillary materials related to the...


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