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National Federation of Catholic College Students Moderator

An inventory of National Federation of Catholic College Students Moderator Records 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: National Federation of Catholic College Students Moderator, 1945-1986
Title: National Federation of Catholic College Students Moderator Records
Dates: 1945-1986
Extent: 4 linear feet; 8 boxes
Abstract: The National Federation of Catholic College Students Moderator records contain correspondence and publications on NFCCS during the 1950s and 1960s. Many of the issues cover this organization and the Church's involvement with the civil rights movement. There is also extended correspondence on Rev. Eugene Dehner, the national Chaplain of the NFCCS. Lastly, there are materials on NFCCS conferences 1955-1964.
Collection Number: 38
Language: English

Historical Note

The National Federation of Catholic College Students, NFCCS, was a lay student organization that began in 1937 and folded in 1967. This organization was mainly concerned with expressing student grievances at Catholic colleges regarding international issues as well as defending political movements in the name of social justice. The main aim of the organization was to recognize that Catholic Colleges were isolated on issues concerning religious, political, economic, and social issues in society. The organization was to foster leadership amongst men and women at Catholic Colleges to defend the positions of the Church. Until 1955 the organization worked directly under the National Catholic Welfare Conference, NCWC, after 1955 the NFCCS worked with the NCEA national Chaplain to work on issues of social justice.

The height of NFCCS was 1955-1966 with their involvement in racial and social justice. Much of these issues were dealt with at the National Congress which was held every year. These National Congresses served as an outlet for all the regional chapters of the NFCCS to meet and deal with Church policy ranging from international affairs to liturgical policy. Another function of the NFCCS was to defend academic freedom on Catholic College campuses as defined by Cardinal Newman on his definition on a Catholic College/University. The organization went into decline following the passage of much of the Civil Rights and "Great Society" policies due to the dissatisfaction with the organizations lack of enthusiasm for protesting and working outside the rigid regional setup of the organization.

Most of the correspondence is from Rev. Eugene Dehner (1914-2004), a biology professor at the Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. He earned his bachelor's degree at St. Benedict's College and his master's and doctorate at Cornell University. In 1935 he became a monk at St. Benedict's Abbey and finished his theological training and was ordained in 1940. His teaching career began in 1946 where he became involved in many student activities including the NFCCS. His involvement led to his elevation as moderator, the NFCCS term for president, for the mid-west region of the NFCCS for 1955-1961. For the following two years Dehner was the national chaplain and was instrumental in the fight for social justice, in particular interracial harmony. Overall, the Dehner correspondence shows the dedication and involvement of Catholic College students working with the church to fight for the major political causes of the 1950's and 1960's.

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Scope and Contents

The National Federation of Catholic College Students moderator records consist of five series. The first series is a box of personal correspondence of Rev. Eugene Dehner with other Catholic organizations, colleges, and universities while he was moderator for the Midwest region and national chaplain. There is also correspondence with other moderators during the National Congress Sessions that Dehner attended, 1955-1964. The second series is a box of correspondence and publications on Interracial Justice, 1963-1966. There are also minutes and booklets from the 1964-1966 Interracial Justice conferences. These booklets include the congressional record on major civil rights legislation. Lastly, there is a complete report done by the NFCCS for the government on "Desegregation of Health and Medical Services in the Border States".

The third series are two boxes on the NFCCS annual National Congress Conference, 1955-1964. These conferences were when all the regions of the NFCCS met to discuss issues within the Church and issues concerning academic freedom. This series includes a pamphlet from each year's conference as well as minutes and committee reports from each year's congress. The fourth series is a box of the NFCCS National Congress correspondence from 1955-1964. This correspondence is between the NCWC and the regional moderators and their positions on issues during the convention. The final series of this collection are three boxes of NFCCS reports and publications. These reports are on different committee findings on international issues such as the Church in Latin-America, poverty in Africa, and building universities in the third world. The pamphlets consist of general information on the NFCCS for new College chapters as well as pamphlets on social issues and the organization's position on different social policies. Overall, this collection gives good insight into the politics of American Catholic college students during the late 1950's and early 1960's.

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Arrangement

Series 1: NFCCS Correspondence from Rev. Eugene Dehner, 1958-1986, Box 1

Series 2: Interracial Justice Correspondence and Publications 1963-1966, Box 2

Series 3: NFCCS National Congresses, 1955-1966, Boxes 3-4

Series 4: NFCCS National Congress Correspondence, 1948-1964, Box 5

Series 5: NFCCS Reports and Publications, 1954-1967, Boxes 6-8


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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None

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Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Donated to CUA in 1986 by Rev. Eugene Dehner.

Processing Information

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

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Related Material

National Catholic Education Association Records

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Education Department Records

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Executive Department/Office of the General Secretary Records

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Youth Department Records

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Index Terms

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


Persons:
Rev. Eugene Dehner

Organizations:
National Catholic Education Association (NCEA)
National Catholic Welfare Conference (NCWC), Education Department
National Catholic Welfare Conference (NCWC), Executive Department/Office of the General Secretary
National Catholic Welfare Conference (NCWC), Youth Department
National Federation of Catholic College Students (NFCCS)

Places:
Kansas

Subjects:
Lay Organizations


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Bibliography

September 22, 1986 letter to Catholic University on the NFCCS

November 16, 1946 letter to Rev. Aloysius K. Ziegler from Rev. Charles E. Bermingham on the purpose of NFCCS

October, 2004 Kansas Academy of Science Newsletter with Rev. Eugene Dehner's Obituary

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Detailed Description of the Collection

                       
Series: 1 NFCCS Correspondence from Rev. Eugene Dehner, 1958-1986 (1 Box)
This series contains the personal correspondence of Rev. Eugene Dehner from the time he was the Midwest regional moderator, president, for the NFCCS as well as his two years as national chaplain for the NFCCS, 1962-1964. There are also a few follow up letters that he wrote to former students in 1986 about past conferences and a retrospective about his time as moderator and national chaplain.
Box Folder
1 1 National Summit Conference, 1960
        A detailed explanation of the summit, 1986, and the minutes
  2 Reappointment Letter to National Chaplain, 1963
        Rev. Dehner's reappointment
  3 Crisis Conference Correspondence, 1961-1962
        Correspondence with Rev. Frederick Stevenson from NCWC about conference
  4 Re-Affiliation Kits to Colleges, 1962-1963
        Pamphlets and forms
  5 Minneapolis Resolution Condemning Catholic University Speaker Policy, 1963
        Minutes of resolution as well as a detailed newspaper article
  6 National Policy Resolution Committee, 1962-1963
        Full resolution on issues such as Civil Rights, urban poverty, education, and moral issues
  7 Correspondence with Ann Hunt and Tom Gordon, 1966-1985
        Includes newspaper clippings and a booklet entitled "The Student Challenge" by Ann Hunt.
  8 Correspondence on Retirement as National Chaplain, 1964
  9 National Mailing Lists 1, 1958-1964
        A mailing list to all member colleges and universities
  10 National Mailing Lists, 1959-1964 2
  11 Msgr. Eugene Dehner Correspondence, 1964
        Includes an address to the National Moderators Conference
  12 National Officers Reports, 1962-1964
        includes financial statements
  13 National Congress Correspondence, 1962
        Dehner correspondence with Midwest officers for Congress
  14 Letter of Appointment as National Chaplain, 1962
        From Bishop of Manchester
  15 Correspondence with New National Chaplain, 1964
        Rev. Fidelis Dunlap
  16 National Congress Correspondence with Chaplain, 1964
        Collection of minutes and correspondence from congress concerning Dehner.
  17 Correspondence with Fr. Dunlap, 1964
                       
Series 2: Interracial Justice Correspondence and Publications, 1963-1966 (1 Box)
This series is a collection of several conferences, with their minutes and notes, on interracial justice during the Civil Rights era. There are detailed resolutions on legislation passed in congress, with the full bills from the congressional record. There are also many detailed reports on desegregation in the south with recommendations made by the NFCCS that was submitted to congress
Box Folder
2 1 South African Students Complaints on Dr. F.H. Mueller, 1963
        Several letters condemning the attendance of an economics professor from South Africa.
  2 Leadership Conference on Civil Rights 1, 1966
        Conference minutes and booklets of reports on desegregating health and welfare services in the south, school desegregation, and voting rights.
  3 Leadership Conference on Civil Rights 2, 1966
        A report on the 1965 Voting Rights Act with the congressional record for the bill, a resolution made by the conference, and an article on home rule for the District of Columbia.
  4 Leadership Conference on Civil Rights 3, 1966
        A full report on the Civil Rights Bill of 1964 and a report by the conference on its implementation and the improvements that need to be made.
  5 Student Conference on Religion and Race, 1963
        Minutes from the conference as well as congressional record publications on civil rights legislation proposed in 1963.
  6 Student Conference on Religion and Race 2, 1963
        Minutes and Correspondence on the conference
                       
Series: 3 NFCCS National Congresses, 1955-1966 (2 Boxes)
This series contains all the minutes and reports from the NFCCS national congresses from 1955-1964. This collection also includes a program booklet from each year and there is correspondence from the national officers with regional officers. The issues dealt at this conference range from interracial issues, poverty, academic freedom, international relations in the third world, and Catholic leadership in government.
Box Folder
3 1 National Congress in Pittsburgh, Pa, 1955
        includes full report on resolutions from congress
  2 National Congress in New York City 1957, 1956-1957
        Includes correspondence leading up to the conference
  3 National Congress in Cleveland, OH 1956, 1955-1956
  4 National Congress in San Francisco, CA, 1958
        Year's focus on social issues
  5 National Congress in St. Louis, MO, 1959
        minutes and reports
  6 National Congress in Louisville, KY, 1960
        minutes and reports
Box Folder
4 1 National Congress in Pittsburgh, Pa (1), 1961
        focus on worker rights
  2 National Congress in Pittsburgh, Pa (2), 1961
        financial reports and college reports
  3 National Congress in Chicago, Ill, 1962
        financial reports and college reports
  4 Reports from, Chicago Congress, 1962
        Committee reports from 1962 National Congress
  5 National Congress in Minneapolis, MN, 1963
        focus on Civil Rights march on Washington, "March for Jobs"
  6 National Congress First-Third Sessions, 1963-1964
        Includes Agendas, Reports, and Minutes
  7 National Congress in Kansas City, MO, 1964
        focus on Civil Rights and the relationship of a Catholic college student within the university.
  8 Fall Congress Reports and Clippings, 1966
        financial reports and college reports
                       
Series 4: NFCCS Conference Correspondence, 1948-1964 (1 Box)
This series contains correspondence with different leaders of the NFCCS for the NFCCS National Congresses of 1955-1964. There is also correspondence for the planning of the congress and arranging the agenda for each year's congress. There are also pamphlets on rules for the congress such as a basic outline of parliamentary procedure for NFCCS. Lastly, there are other correspondences and materials for other NFCCS related conferences
Box Folder
5 1 Parliamentary Procedure for Conferences, 1962
        includes a pamphlet
  2 Handbook Material, 1948-1957
        Pamphlets and handbooks of what the NFCCS and the bylaws that were given out to different regional organizations.
  3 Midwest Constitution Materials, 1945-1961
        Notes in creating the Midwest region of the NFCCS, with notes by Rev. Dehner as well.
  4 Midwest Regional Handbook, 1963
        Also includes photo of officers for that year and copies of "The Voice", Midwest region newspaper.
  5 Latin American Seminar, 1959
        includes a pamphlet
  6 Program Booklets, 1960-1961
        Booklets on student programs such "Progress and Prospects" and "An Understanding of Our Time"
  7 NCEA correspondence, 1964
        Correspondence with different regional moderators leading up to 1964 NCEA convention, includes convention program.
  8 National Council of Catholic Youths, 1963-1964
        agenda for conference
  9 Conference on Inter-American Student Problems, 1963
        Invitation to the conference explaining the agenda.
  10 World University Service and Bulletin, 1963-1964
        Booklet explaining the organization and several organizational newsletters explaining the progress of the program.
  11 Inter-federal Assembly, 1964
        Includes a pamphlet, a memorandum, and correspondence on the main issue of 1964: "Christianity in the Age of Transition".
  12 Mailing Lists and Minutes from 1963 Council, 1962-1964
        Includes address given by Rev. Dehner to the council.
  13 Moderator's Conference Speeches and Papers, 1964
  14 Correspondence with Participants of the 20th Congress, 1963
        Correspondence with different bishops and other dignitaries about the congress and its agenda.
  15 National Executive Committee Reports, 1962
        Reports from all the moderators and a profile of the national officers for that year.
  16 20th National Council Reports from 1st-3rd Sessions, 1962-1963
        Reports from executive council includes pamphlet on the World University Service to the third world.
  17 National Chaplain Correspondence, 1964
        Correspondence with other national moderators as well as priests overseas, includes handwritten notes and postcards.
                       
Series: 5 NFCCS Reports and Publications, 1954-1967 (2 Boxes)
This series contains the reports made by the NFCCS on issues such as academic freedom, civil rights, international, and domestic poverty. This series also contains publications made by the NFCCS such as monthly newsletters, public service pamphlets, and mailings to member colleges and universities. The newsletters are mainly copies of "The Rambler" which was the newsletter for the Midwest region. Lastly, the newsletters show the decline of the NFCCS on a national level through the view of the Midwest region.
Box Folder
6 1 Moderators Conferences (Chaplains Advisory Board), 1955-1960
        These are the committee reports made by the Chaplains Advisory Board for the 1955-1960 conferences.
  2 National Policy Resolution Committee, 1956-1957
        A voting record on resolutions passed in committee and a detailed description of the resolutions.
  3 National Policy Resolution Committee, 1959-1960
        Includes a newspaper article on the resolution committee at St. Benedict's College.
  4 National Policy Resolutions, 1959-1960
        A sample letter and booklet of resolutions passed that was sent to member colleges and universities.
  5 Publications of "The Forum", 1960-1964
        National newspaper of the NFCCS, includes a 1962 copy of "America" magazine which has an article on the organization.
  6 National Student Affairs Secretariat Report, 1962-1963
        A detailed report from this particular department, the main issue of the report is student government as a vehicle of awareness.
  7 National Secretariat Mailings (Social Affairs) (1), 1962-1963
        Single page updates that were mailed to members as well as a full report on Interracial Justice Week and the publications that came with that, 1962 "Albany Report".
  8 National Secretariat Mailings (Social Affairs) (2), 1962-1963
        News Update mailings as well as mailings on liturgical reform and a pamphlet in support of switching to a vernacular mass.
  9 Travel Program, 1962-1963
        Pamphlets and newsletters on the European travel/study abroad program run by the NFCCS.
  10 Travel Program, 1954-1963
        Includes a pamphlet from the first travel abroad program from 1954.
Box Folder
7 1 Youth Department Publications, 1962
        Includes a booklet explaining the Council of Catholic Youth and mailings from the organization.
  2 Rev. Dehner Manuscripts of articles for "The Forum", 1962-1963
  3 19th National Congress and Council Mailings, 1962-1963
        Mailings explaining what happened at the congress and the new national officers.
  4 Publicity Fliers, 1962-1963
        NFCCS Pamphlets on The Social Apostolate of the Student.
  5 National Constitution Materials, 1947-1964
        Includes pamphlets on a new constitution and the committee reports that drafted it.
  6 Campus Program Mailings, 1963-1964
        Includes a program manual for the 1964 leadership conference.
  7 National Secretariat Mailings (International Affairs, 1963-1964
        Reports on religious freedom in the Eastern Bloc and political agitation in Latin America.
  8 Religious Affairs Secretariat, 1963-1964
        Organizational newsletter and a copy of "The Shield" magazine.
  9 National Social Action Affairs Secretariat, 1963-1964
        Newsletters for the year and a booklet on "State Programs in Migrant Education".
  10 North Central Regional Newsletter, 1963-1965
        Copies of Midwest newsletters sent out to members, includes a program from 1964 regional congress.
Box Folder
8 1 Policies Passed at the 20th National Congress, 1963-1964
  2 National Student Association Information, 1963-1964
        A program to the 17th National Student Congress, a yearly report by the National Student Association, and member mailings.
  3 Student News Service, 1965-1966
        Newsletter from the NFCCS that explains what students are involved such as the "Get Out the Vote" program.
  4 Midwest Regional Congress articles from "The Rambler", 1964-1967
        Includes annotations made by Rev. Dehner in 1986 on the decline of the organization.

TABLE OF CONTENTS


Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Administrative Information

Related Material

Index Terms

Bibliography

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series: 1 NFCCS Correspondence from Rev. Eugene Dehner, 1958-1986

Series 2: Interracial Justice Correspondence and Publications, 1963-1966

Series: 3 NFCCS National Congresses, 1955-1966

Series 4: NFCCS Conference Correspondence, 1948-1964

Series: 5 NFCCS Reports and Publications, 1954-1967

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