Gallery of Living Catholic Authors (Webster University Archives)

The description below provides some basic information about the origin of the collection, the materials available, and any restrictions in use that are in place. Note that the list of materials may not be complete as items may be added to the archives throughout the year. Use of the Webster Archives is by appointment only. See our Planning a Visit page for more information. If you have questions, contact the archives staff. 


Administrative/Biographical History: Founded in May, 1932 by Sr. Mary Joseph, S.L.; incorporated on June 22, 1944. Included manuscripts, letters, and autographed photographs solicited from contemporary Catholic authors. The collection was sent to Georgetown University in 1980.


Sr. Mary Joseph


In the February 23, 1939 issue of The Web, the student newspaper, the Gallery was described as follows: "The Gallery project was inaugurated six years ago to make Webster College students more familiar with Catholic writers and to stimulate their interest in Catholic literature. A second purpose was to create or to build up a Catholic reading public which would know, read, talk about and ask for Catholic authors, and do what they could to spread Catholic literature".(p. 4)


Scope/Content: Includes various brochures, correspondence, and clippings regarding the collection.


Conditions of Access and Use: The collection is open for research use by appointment only.


Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use: Copyright restrictions may apply.


Languages and Scripts of the Material: Materials entirely in English.