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Frances Nevins (Sr. Christine Marie of the Holy Spirit, OCD) Collection

An inventory of the Frances Nevins (Sr. Christine Marie of the Holy Spirit, OCD) 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: Joan Ward Mullaney
Title: Frances Nevins (Sr. Christine Marie of the Holy Spirit, OCD) Collection
Dates: 1930-2014
Extent: 6.5 linear feet; 12 boxes
Abstract: This is a collection of material highlighting the life and career of Frances Nevins (Sr. Christine Marie of the Holy Spirit, OCD). Compiled by Joan Ward Mullaney, author of the biography, Frances Nevins: Mid-20th Century Carmelite Friend, Scholar, Wife, Nun and Mystic (2013), it includes testimonials on Nevins's life, as well many of the nun's personal writings and effects.
Collection Number: ACUA 369
Language: English

Biographical Note

Sister Christine Marie of the Holy Spirit, OCD, nee Francis Nevins, (1930-1980) was a Carmelite nun, scholar, and mystic. Born on August 17, 1930 in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, Nevins spent the first few decades of her life engrossed in academic pursuits. Having finished at the Master's School in 1947, she enrolled at Connecticut College. Graduating with honors from Connecticut in 1951 - her thesis being on Nicholas of Cusa - she eventually earned a Masters in history from Radcliffe College.

The 1950s was a formative decade for Nevins. Not only did she excel academically and work as a school teacher, but she also married and divorced the man she loved and acted on her baptism as a Catholic. Following in a pilgrimage to Europe in 1957, and her close correspondence with Charles Reardon, a Jesuit theologian, she would enter a community of cloistered religious women in 1960. Nevins would remain in the Carmelite Monastery in Schenectady the remainder of her life.

In her two decades in the convent, she continued to remain active in her academic and spiritual pursuits. Despite failing health in her later years, she remained active in teaching new postulants to the community and in writing. She passed away in December 1980.

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Scope and Contents

The Frances Nevins (Sister Christine Marie of the Holy Spirit, OCD) Collection spans the years 1930-2014 and reflects much of the life, work, and personal connections of Frances Nevins. Initially assembled as research material for Dr. Mullaney's biography on Teresa, it primarily includes Nevins's personal writings and effects, testimonials, correspondence, and photographic materials. The collection is divided into six series.

Series 1, Carmelite Writings, 1969-1980, is arranged chronologically in Boxes 1-2. It primarily consists of a retreat notes and journal entries written by Frances Nevins during her second decade as a Carmelite sister.

Series 2, Beatification/Canonization Process, 1958-2014, is arranged chronologically and topically in Boxes 3-5. This series consists exclusively of written testimonials, correspondence, and documents attesting to the spiritual life of Frances Nevins from those who were close to her.

Series 3, Personal Correspondence, 1947-1982, arranged alphabetically and chronologically, is located in Boxes 6-8. It includes correspondence to and from Frances Nevins, including Joan Ward Mullaney.

Series 4, Documents/Books, 1931-2012, is located in Boxes 9-10. This series includes a variety of materials related to Nevins's family history, her academic career, and the publication of Dr. Mullaney's biography. Of particular note are copies of Nevins's undergraduate thesis, photographs from her school years, as well as copies of her biography. Also included are copies of her academic transcripts and applications. Due to the sensitive nature of these documents, access is restricted.

Series 5, Photographs, 1930-2013, is housed in Box 11. The Photograph series, organized alphabetically, includes a variety of images utilized in Dr. Mullaney's biography of Frances Nevins. It includes images and negatives of Nevins, friends and family, and locations prominent in her life.

Series 6, Personal Effects, 1957-1980, is located in Boxes 11-12. It is a collection of some of Nevins's personal possessions, including books, memorabilia, and her personal copies of the Liturgy of the Hours.

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Arrangement

Frances Nevins (Sister Christine Marie of the Holy Spirit, OCD) Collection consists of 6 series:







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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Restrictions are in place for the Box 10, Folder 1, "Transcript [RESTRICTED], 1945-1982." Access is subject to the approval of the Archivist or Associate Archivist.

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Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Joan Ward Mullaney donated the assembled collection to the American Catholic History Research Center in 2013-2015.

Processing Information

The collection was originally organized and boxed by Joan Ward Mullaney before its deposit at the Archives. Upon an initial survey, the collection consisted of processed materials contained within labeled envelopes.

The series headings and folder titles were generally maintained, except to place the folders in chronological or alphabetical order, as applicable. All the materials were removed from the original envelopes and placed in acid-free ones. The original envelopes were placed into a final assemblage at the end of the collection. The collection was also condensed from an initial 18 boxes to 12 new letter-size document boxes.

All photographs and negatives were also sleeved for protection.

Processing completed in 2013 by Joan Ward Mullaney and in 2014 by Shane T. MacDonald. EAD markup completed in 2014 by Shane T. MacDonald.

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Related Material

American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives:

Co-Workers of Mother Teresa in America

Eileen Egan's Mother Teresa Collection

National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW) Records

Other Institutions:

Francesnevins.com

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Index Terms

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


Persons:
Mullaney, Joan Ward
Nevins, Francis

Organizations:
Connecticut College
Discalced Carmelites
National Council of Catholic Women

Places:
Connecticut
Schenectady (NY)
Washington (DC)

Subjects:
Catholic Education
Catholic Women
Connecticut
Discalced Carmelites
Mysticism, Catholic
New York


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Bibliography

Mullaney, Joan Ward. Frances Nevins: Mid 20th Century Carmelite Friend, Scholar, Wife, Nun and Mystic, 2013.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

                       
Series 1: Subject Files, 1956-2000 (11 Boxes) 1956-2000 (2 Boxes)
The first series contains retreat notes and journal entries written by Frances Nevins during her time as a Carmelite nun.
Box Folder
1 1 Retreat Notes August 6-13, 1969
  2 Retreat Notes June 6-13, 1970
  3 Retreat Notes October 6-14, 1970
  4 Retreat Notes June 3-12, 1971
  5 Retreat Notes September 10-18, 1971
  6 Retreat Notes June 7-12, 1972
  7 Retreat Notes September 28-October 6, 1972
  8 Retreat Notes June 1-9, 1973
  9 Retreat Notes September 18-27, 1973
  10 Retreat Notes June 10-19, 1974
  11 Retreat Notes October 1-9, 1974
  12 Retreat Notes February 14-22, 1975
  13 Retreat Notes June 11-20, 1975
  14 Retreat Notes June 17-26, 1976
  15 Retreat Notes September 28-October 7, 1976
  16 Retreat Notes June 16-25, 1977
  17 Retreat Notes October 5-14, 1977
  18 Retreat Notes May 5-13, 1978
  19 Retreat Notes June 12-23, 1978
  20 Retreat Notes October 3-12, 1978
  21 Retreat Notes September 21-30, 1979
  22 Retreat Notes March 2-12, 1980
  23 Retreat Notes August 28-September 6, 1980
  24 Recollection Days 1961-1980
  25 Notes on "The Hidden Face" ca. 1972
  26 Citations from "The Sanctifier" 1960-1980
  27 Notes n.d.
  28 Notes and Quotes n.d.
Box Folder
2 1 Journal December 31, 1974
  2 Journal August 3-31, 1979
  3 Journal September 1-21, 1979
  4 Journal October 1-22, 1979
  5 Journal November 1-30, 1979
  6 Journal December 1-31, 1979
  7 Journal January 1-April 30, 1980
  8 Journal May 2-31, 1980
  9 Journal June 2-30, 1980
  10 Journal July 1-31, 1980
  11 Journal September 7-29, 1980
  12 Journal October 1-21, 1980
  13 Journal November 1-30, 1980
  14 Journal December 1-4, 1980
  15 Journal n.d.
                       
Series 2: Beatification/Canonization Process 1958-2014 (2 Boxes)
Series Two consists of witness statements, correspondence, and documents about and from Frances Nevins, attesting to her spiritual merits and personal connections.
Box Folder
3 1 Witness Statements - Index n.d.
  2 Witness Statements - Nevins to Fr. Charles Reardon, S.J. 1958
  3 Witness Statements - Sisters of the Good Shepherd and Frances Nevins 1959-1960, 1994
  4 Witness Statements - Sr. Mary Agnes of Jesus, RGS 1960
  5 Witness Statements - Fr. Owen Bennett, OFM 1965
  6 Witness Statements - Fr. Owen Bennett, OFM 1968, 1981
  7 Witness Statements - Nevins to Fr. Henry Tansey, MHM (Last Writing) 1980
  8 Witness Statements - Theresa Lagoy 1980-2005
  9 Witness Statements - Theresa Lagoy 1980's, 2000
  10 Witness Statements - Fr. Henry Tansey, MHM 1981
  11 Witness Statements - Sr. Alberta, OCD 1981
  12 Witness Statements - Sr. Mary of Jesus and Joseph, H.O. Carm. 1981
  13 Witness Statements - Fr. Charles Reardon, SJ (1) 1981-1988
  14 Witness Statements - Fr. Charles Reardon, SJ (2) 1981-1988
  15 Witness Statements - Mother Michael Kennedy, RGS 1981, 1993
  16 Witness Statements - Sr. Mary of Good Counsel, SP 1982
  17 Witness Statements - Ermina Miller 1982
  18 Witness Statements - Connecticut College Classmates 1982-2011
  19 Witness Statements - Rev. R.J. Kulwicki 1984
Box Folder
4 1 Witness Statements - Paul Cawein 1990
  2 Witness Statements - Schenectady Carmel Staff 1991-1995
  3 Witness Statements - Charles Donovan, SJ 1993
  4 Witness Statements - William J. Leonard, SJ 1993
  5 Witness Statements - Prof. Edward Cranz 1993
  6 Witness Statements - M. J. Drain 1999
  7 Witness Statements - Jack Potts 1999
  8 Witness Statements - St. Therese, OCD 2008
  9 Witness Statements - Sr. Therese, OCD and Sr. Paul, OCD 2008
  10 Witness Statements - Sr. Nola Brunner, CSJ 2010
  11 Witness Statements - Elizabeth M. Plionis, PhD 2010
  12 Witness Statements - Msgr. William P. Ward 2010
  13 Witness Statements - Prof. David O'Brien, PhD 2010
  14 Witness Statements - Howard J. Hubbard, D.D. 2010
  15 Witness Statements - Margaret Malarkey 2011
  16 Witness Statements - Prioress Mary Ruth, VHM 2012
  17 Witness Statements - Mamie Collins 2013
  18 Witness Statements - Connie Johnson 2013
  19 Witness Statements - Bishop Howard Hubbard, DD, and Joan Ward Mullaney, PhD 1999-2012
  20 Witness Statements - Bishop Howard Hubbard, DD, and Joan Ward Mullaney, PhD 2013
  21 Witness Statements - Sisters of Good Shepherd and Discalced Carmelite Nuns 1958-2010
  22 Witness Statements - Sr. Rosalyn Menard, RGS 2010
  23 Witness Statements - Catechism of the Vows 1958
  24 Letter of Acceptance, Prayer Cards, and Clothing List 1960, 1962
  25 Ceremonial of Giving of the Veil 1965
  26 Prayer Cards 2014
Box Folder
5 1 Index 2013-2014
  2 Introduction and Research Process 2014
  3 Witness Statements - Paul Emile Cawein 2014
  4 Witness Statements - Nancy Callahan Strycharz 2010-2013
  5 Witness Statements - Joseph Dowd, Jr. 2013
  6 Witness Statements - Sr. Mary Michael Kennedy, RGS 2013
  7 Witness Statements - Annamarie Pluhar 2013
  8 Witness Statements - Diana Waters Lyman 2011-2013
  9 Witness Statements - Joan Ward Mullaney 2014
  10 Witness Statements - Nancy Waters Russell 2013
  11 Witness Statements - Sr. Mary Amirault, RGS 2014
  12 Witness Statements - Sr. Mary Sawiczyk 2014
  13 Witness Statements - Sr. Eileen Foley, RGS 2010
  14 Witness Statements - Constance (Conny) Johnson 2014
  15 Witness Statements - Theresa Ann Lagoy 2013-2014
  16 Witness Statements - Sr. Elish McPortland, RGS 2014
  17 Witness Statements - Sr. Rosalyn Menard, RGS 2010-2013
  18 Witness Statements - Michelle Plantier Szumiloski 2013
  19 Witness Statements - Calvin Drake Waters 2014
  20 Witness Statements - Mother Therese, OCD and Pittsford Carmelites 2012-2014
  21 Witness Statements - Joy Anderson Nicholson 2014
  22 Correspondence with Enclosures from Joan Ward Mullaney to Jane Morissey, etc. 2012-2013
  23 Correspondence (Copies) between Joan Mullaney and Diocese of Albany, NY 2013-2014
  24 Correspondence (Copies) between Joan Mullaney and Diocese of Springfield, MA 2013
  25 Materials Sent to those to be Interviewed 2013
  26 Information Provided by Discalced Carmelites 2014
  27 Transmittal Letter from Sr. J. Morrissey, SSJ to Albany Diocese 2014
  28 Transmittal Letter from Sr. Janer Morrissey, SSJ. Interviewer, to Springfield Diocese Archives, Att. Bishop Mitchell Rozanski 2014
  29 Letter to Carmelite Prioress, Pittsford, NY, from Witness Interviewer St. Jane Morrissey, SSJ 2014
  30 Video Witness Statement - Petitioner Joan Ward Mullaney, Complete Interview 2014
  31 Video Witness Statement - God Child Annamarie Pluhar 2014
  32 Photograph - Sr. Jane Morrissey, SSJ, Witness Interviewer 2014
  33 Photograph - Petitioner Joan Ward Mullaney, PhD 1986
                       
Series 3: Personal Correspondence 1947-1982 (3 Boxes)
Series three holds personal correspondence to and from Frances Nevins.
Box Folder
6 1 Gloria Jones Borden 1947-1948
  2 Helen "Mike" McNabb Bunn 1980
  3 Joan A. DeMino 1950, 1960
  4 Lynn Fraleigh ca. 1970
  5 Janis 1945
  6 Sr. M. of Good Counsel, SP 1980-1981
  7 Joan Ward Mullaney 1957-1958
  8 Joan Ward Mullaney 1959-1960
  9 Joan Ward Mullaney 1960-1961
  10 Joan Ward Mullaney 1963-1965
  11 Joan Ward Mullaney 1970-1972
Box Folder
7 1 Joan Ward Mullaney 1973-1974
  2 Joan Ward Mullaney 1975
  3 Joan Ward Mullaney 1976-1977
  4 Joan Ward Mullaney 1978-1979
  5 Joan Ward Mullaney 1979-1980
Box Folder
8 1 Joy Anderson Nicholson 1950-1954
  2 Joy Anderson Nicholson 1965, 1974-1980
  3 Anna Pluhar 1980-1987
  4 Lorraine Stewart 1973-1976
  5 Lorraine Stewart 1977-1982
  6 Barbara Ford Thompson 1980-1981
                       
Series 4: Documents/Books 1931-2012 (2 Boxes)
The fourth series contains documents and books recording the family history, academic career, and publication of Dr. Mullaney's biography of Frances Nevins.
Box Folder
9 1 Family Genealogy n.d.
  2 Confirmation and Baptism 1982
  3 Non-Academic Documents 1931-1980
  4 Commencement Program 1951
  5 Connecticut College - Alumni Magazine 1982
  6 Connecticut College - Bulletin 1950
  7 Connecticut College - Chapel Talk 1951
  8 Connecticut College - Photo 1947
  9 Connecticut College - 1950 1950
  10 Evaluations 2012
  11 Grade School - Photo 1941
  12 Honors Work 1951
  13 The Masters School - Bulletin 2011
  14 The Masters School - A Retrospective Portrait 1977
  15 "Nicolas of Cusa: An Analysis" ca. 1951
  16 Research Paper 1951
  17 Thesis 1951
Box Folder
10 1 Transcripts [RESTRICTED] 1945-1982
  2 "A History of Connecticut College" Book 1981
  3 High School Yearbook 1947
  4 College Yearbook 1951
  5 "Frances Nevins: Mid 20th Century Carmelite Friend Scholar, Wife, Nun and Mystic" by Joan Ward Mullaney (Hardcover) 2009
  6 "Frances Nevins: Mid 20th Century Carmelite Friend Scholar, Wife, Nun and Mystic" by Joan Ward Mullaney (Paperback) 2009
  7 PDF of Flyer for Frances Nevins Book Text and Cover 2013
                       
Series 5: Photographs 1930-2013 (1 Box)
Series five holds photographs documenting the events, family, friends, and prominent places in Nevins's life.
Box Folder
11 1 Book Photos (1) 1960-1980
  2 Book Photos (2) 1960-1980
  3 Joseph R. Dowd, Jr. 2013
  4 Diane Waters Lymon and Nancy Waters Russell n.d.
  5 Miscellaneous 1960-2012
  6 Frances Nevins and Family 1930-1947
  7 Pre-Carmel Life 1957-1960
  8 Pre-Carmel Living Situations 1955-1959
  9 Anna Pluhar 1940's-1950's
  10 St. Michael's Cathedral, Springfield, Massachussetts n.d.
  11 U.S.S. United States 1957
                       
Series 6: Personal Effects 1957-1980 (2 Boxes)
The sixth series holds some of the personal possessions of Frances Nevins, including a few books, memorabilia, and her copies of the Liturgy of the Hours.
Box Folder
11 12 Passport 1957
  13 Passenger List: U.S.S. United States 1957
  14 Shroud of Turin Photo n.d.
  15 Collins' French-English/English-French Dictionary n.d.
  16 Langenscheidt Dizionario Universale delle lingue italiana ed inglese n.d.
  17 Miscellaneous Notes n.d.
  18 "Paradise Lost" with Handwritten Notes n.d.
Box Folder
12 1 Liturgy of the Hours, Vol. 1 n.d.
  2 Liturgy of the Hours, Vol. 2 n.d.
  3 Liturgy of the Hours, Vol. 3 n.d.
  4 Liturgy of the Hours, Vol. 4 n.d.
  5 "General Instruction of the Liturgy of the Hours" Pamphlet 1975

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: Subject Files, 1956-2000 (11 Boxes) 1956-2000

Series 2: Beatification/Canonization Process 1958-2014

Series 3: Personal Correspondence 1947-1982

Series 4: Documents/Books 1931-2012

Series 5: Photographs 1930-2013

Series 6: Personal Effects 1957-1980

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