Archives Report

New Collections at the University of Notre Dame Archives

The Grail

In February 2016 we received 92 boxes (115 linear feet) from The Grail, an international women’s movement founded in 1921 by Jacques van Ginneken, a Dutch Jesuit. These records of The Grail movement date from 1921 to 1993 and consist of five general categories: International, National, Grailville, Special Projects, and Publications. The files include lectures presented by Father van Ginneken and by other Grail leaders; correspondence and program material from Grail teams and centers located in Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East; program material from cities in the United States and from three major U.S. residential centers (Loveland, Ohio; Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York; and San Jose, California); reflections on the purpose and goals of a group of celibate members known as the “nucleus”; magazines, books, and pamphlets published by the Grail, documenting contributions to the lay apostolate, the role of women, liturgical renewal, ecumenism, and rural life; documentation of the changes from exclusively Roman Catholic membership to inclusion of women from other faiths and from a hierarchical to lateral structures; documentation of para-liturgies, dramas, songs, and celebratory rituals; and documentation of a progressive development toward feminist theology and feminist undergraduate and graduate education. Visit for more information.

Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods

The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods sent us the first accession of their archives in November 2015 (30 linear feet): records dating from 1839 to 2013, consisting of photocopies of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin letters; files on coadjutrix sisters; jubilee and celebration files; theses and dissertations by Sisters of Providence; biographies by or about the Sisters; spiritual and theological works written or translated by Sisters; books, pamphlets, and scholarly works by Sisters of Providence; and other material, including family collections from the Brassie, Haag and Shirley, and Schaaf and Kuefler families; and files on popes, bishops, and clergy. Visit for more information.

—Wm. Kevin Cawley
Senior Archivist & Curator of Manuscripts
Archives of the University of Notre Dame


This Archives Report originally appeared in the Spring 2016 issue of the American Catholic Studies Newsletter