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William Joseph McDonald

An inventory of the William Joseph McDonald Collection at The American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives


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Descriptive Summary

Repository: The American Catholic Research Center and University Archives
Creator: William Joseph McDonald, June 15, 1904 - January 7, 1989
Title: William Joseph McDonald Collection
Dates: 1945-1989
Extent: .5 linear feet; 1 box
Abstract: The William Joseph McDonald Collection consists of personal publications made during his career as a philosophy professor as well as Rector of The Catholic University of America (CUA). There are also short essays and materials from his inauguration as Rector and as Auxiliary Bishop of Washington.
Collection Number: 130
Language: English

Biographical Note

William Joseph McDonald was born on June 15, 1904 in Ireland. He spent most of his early life there and studied at Kieran's College and Seminary where he was ordained as a priest in 1928. Shortly afterwards he immigrated to the United States, to San Francisco where he became an Assistant Pastor and an administrator for the Archdiocese. He was also a chaplain for the Newman Club at Stanford University and an associate editor for the Archdiocesan newspaper, "The Monitor". His career at The Catholic University of America (CUA) began in 1936 when he came to pursue his graduate studies in Philosophy. He would earn a masters degree the following year and a Ph.D. in 1939; afterwards in 1940 he became an instructor in the CUA School of Philosophy.

McDonald's academic career advanced throughout the next fourteen years when he was made an assistant professor in 1944, full professor in 1950, and, due to his perceived skills within the School of Philosophy, was made Vice Rector in 1954. The following year he was also made director of Ecclesiastical Schools. In 1957 he succeeded Bishop McEntegart as acting rector, becoming rector in his own right in 1958. His inauguration was on April 16, 1958 and was attended by the Apostolic Delegate to the United States, Amleto Giovanni Cardinal Cicogani. McDonald's time as rector was known for a massive rise in the numbers of undergraduate students and the construction of many new buildings. He was also appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Washington in 1964. His rectorship ended in 1967 amidst the turmoil of the campus unrest of the 1960s.

Following his tenure as CUA rector, he was made Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco, retiring in 1979. His other accomplishments include inaugurating the first nationwide religious television show in 1952, editor in chief of "The New Catholic Encyclopedia", and served as President of the Federation of Catholic Universities. During the Second Vatican Council he was named Peritus. His final accomplishment was being awarded The President's Centennial Medal in 1988 by then CUA president Rev. William J. Byron, SJ. Bishop McDonald died in San Francisco at the age of 84 on January 7, 1989.

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Scope and Contents

The William Joseph McDonald Papers consists of one series of personal publications, materials from his inauguration as Rector of Catholic University in 1958, and his consecration as Auxiliary Bishop of Washington D.C. in 1964. The publications are arranged in chronological order of publication date and include multiple copies. The publications range from 1945 to 1962; topics including Communism, Celtic Philosophy, and Jesuits within Catholic Education. The materials from McDonald's inauguration include an original program and a published book from 1959 with pictures addresses by members of the clergy and the inaugural address. The materials from the consecration include multiple copies of the program, menu to the banquet, and a listing of the attendees to the mass and banquet following. Lastly, there are two letters; one describing the President's Centennial Medal awarded to McDonald and the other being his university obituary. Overall, this is a great collection for research on Catholic University history as well as philosophical research on Celtic Philosophy and the dangers of Communism.

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Arrangement

The William Joseph McDonald Papers consists of one series:


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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None

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Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Processing Information

Processing completed in 2012 by Raymond Moore. EAD markup completed in 2012 by Carter Rawson.

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Related Material

American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives:

Patrick Joseph McCormick Papers

Bryan Joseph McEntegart Papers

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.


Persons:
Rev. William Joseph Byron, SJ.

Organizations:
The Catholic University of America (CUA)

Places:
San Francisco, California
Washington D.C.

Subjects:
Higher Education
Religious Affairs


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Bibliography

Letter of Citation for the Presentation of The President's Centennial Medal, The Catholic University of America June 12, 1988 January 10, 1989 University Obituary written by John K.C. Oh Academic Vice President

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Detailed Description of the Collection

                       
Series 1, 1945-1989 (1 box)
Personal Publications
Box Folder
1 1 "The Celtic Contribution to Scholastic Philosophy", 1945
        Two copies of an essay written for the May and June edition of "The American Ecclesiastical Review"
  2 "Wisdom and the Ancient Celt", 1945
        Two copies from the July 3rd edition of "The New Scholasticism"
  3 "Communism in Eden", 1946
        Two copies of an essay from the April 2nd edition of "The New Scholasticism"
  4 "The Religion of Communism", 1948
        Two copies of an essay from the May edition of "The American Ecclesiastical Review" criticizing the powers of Communism and its atheistic philosophy
  5 Inauguration, 1958-1959
        Inauguration program and a published book from 1959 of the Inauguration, with pictures, addresses from members of the Clergy, and the Inaugural address
  6 "The Church's Contribution to the Law", 1959
        Thirteen copies of an essay written for the Canon Law Journal "The Jurist". The Essay is on the history of Canon Law in relation to Civil Law.
  7 "The University and Our Lady's Shrine" 1959
        Sixteen copies of an essay written for "The American Ecclesiastical Review" on the dedication of the Shrine and its relationship with Catholic University.
  8 "The Jesuit Impact on American Higher Education as Seen by a Catholic Co-Worker", 1962
        Seventeen copies of an essay written for "Jesuit Educational Quarterly" June edition.
  9 Certificate of Appointment to Commissioners' Advisory Council on Higher Education, 1964
        For Washington, D.C.
  10 Consecration as Auxiliary Bishop of Washington, 1964
        Includes, four copies of pamphlets listing the members of the clergy in attendance, two copies of apostolic letters, two menus, four copies of the ceremony booklet (with Pictures), and one copy of the banquet seating arrangement.
  11 Letters, 1988-1989
        Two letters, one is the citation for McDonald's Presidential Centennial Medal, and the second his university obituary.

TABLE OF CONTENTS


Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Administrative Information

Related Material

Index Terms

Bibliography

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1, 1945-1989

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