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Karl M. Schmitt

An inventory of the Karl M. Schmitt 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: Karl M. Schmitt, July 22, 1922-present
Title: Karl M. Schmitt Collection
Dates: 1940-1943, 1945-1946, 2000
Extent: 0.25 linear feet; 1 box
Abstract: The images in this collection were taken by Karl M. Schmitt. The images fall into two time periods: pre-World War II and post-World War II. The images from the 1940s are of the students and The Catholic University of America campus during those periods. The photographs reflect everyday life at the University.
Collection Number: 301
Language: English

Biographical Note

Karl M. Schmitt was born on July 22, 1922 and was raised in Louisville, KY. He entered CUA in the Fall of 1940 and demonstrated an academic interest in Latin American Studies. He was mentored by Professor Manoel Cardozo. Schmitt pursued extracurricular activities in theater and acted in three plays, before entering the World War II draft in February 1943. He served in the United States Army until September 1945. Re-enrolling at CUA upon his discharge, Schmitt took an interest in student government and was elected as President of the Baltimore Washington Chapter of the National Federation of Catholic College Students during his senior year.

Graduating from The Catholic University of America in 1947 with a Bachelor of Arts in History, he went on to obtain an M.A. from CUA in 1949. Dr. Schmitt then pursued a distinguished teaching career as a history and government professor. After earning his doctorate from University of Pennsylvania in 1954, Dr. Schmitt worked for the U.S. Department of State in the mid-1950s. He joined the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin in 1958 where he spent the majority of his career. He is the author of several books on Latin American studies. Dr. Schmitt is currently retired.

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Scope and Contents

The material in this collection was donated to The Catholic University of America by Dr. Karl M. Schmitt in 1999. The photograph series in this collection documents the pre-World War II and post-World War II periods on campus. Roughly half of the photographs are taken of Schmitt's freshman and sophomore years on campus. His friends and classmates are identified among the many outdoor group photos. Most are dated and include scenes evoking the war years leading up to his decision to enlist in the United States Army. The post war images are also campus scenes, largely of nursing school students.

Series 1 consists of 48 small, assorted black and white vintage prints (2"x3", 3"x5", and 5"x7"). Series 2 consists of an unpublished manuscript documenting Dr. Schmitt's CUA experience.

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Arrangement

The Karl M. Schmitt Collection consists of two series:



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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

There are no access restrictions.

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Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

This photo collection was donated to ACUA by Karl Schmitt on March 7, 2000. Richard Wilkinson from the Office of Public Affairs donated the manuscript on July 14, 2003. It was submitted to CUA Magazine but not published.

Processing Information

Processing completed in June 2010 by Carter Rawson. EAD markup completed in July 2010 by Carter Rawson and Robin C. Pike.

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Index Terms

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


Persons:
Bowser, Kathleen
Dillon, Father
Fornaris, Rafael
McDonnell, Harold
O'Donnell, Jack
Pecor, Lois
Schmitt, Karl Michael, 1922-
Twiddy, Paul
Wildermuth, Egon

Organizations:
Catholic University of America--Campus
Catholic University of America--Faculty
Catholic University of America--History
Catholic University of America--Students

Places:
Washington D.C.


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Bibliography

Schmitt, Karl M. "Changes at The Catholic University of America, 1940-2000: Some Reflections of an Old Grad." (2000).

Schmitt, Karl M. Curriculum Vitae, University of Texas, Austin, 1968.

Schmitt, Karl M. "Passing of a Third Compadre." CUA Magazine, Spring 2010.

The Tower, Wednesday, April 17, 1946, The Catholic University of America.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

                       
Series 1: Photographs, 1940-1943, 1945-1946, 1 folder
The photograph series consists of 48 small, assorted black and white vintage prints (2"x3", 3"x5" and 5"x7").
Box Folder
1 1 Photographs 1940-1943, 1945-1948
   
    01. View of McMahon Hall, "Senior walk", December 1940 - January 1941
   
    02. Gibbons Hall, ca. 1940
        L-R: Karl Schmitt, Rafael Fornaris, Jose Pou
   
    03. Gibbons Hall, Spring 1941
        L-R: Egon Wildermuth, Paul Twiddy, Karl Schmitt
   
    04. Gibbons Hall, Spring 1941
        L-R: Egon Wildermuth, Paul Twiddy, Karl Schmitt
   
    05. Gibbons Hall, Spring 1941
        L-R: Egon Wildermuth, Karl Schmitt
   
    06. Gibbons Hall, Spring 1941
        L-R: Karl Schmitt, Egon Wildermuth, Paul Twiddy
   
    07. Gibbons Hall, Spring 1941
        L-R: Walter Giffrich, Karl Schmitt, Paul Twiddy
   
    08. McMahon Hall, ca. 1941
        L-R: unknown, Karl Schmitt, Jim Cosgrove, Rafael Fornaris, unknown, Luis Cardenal, Jim Cosgrove, Manuel Salazar
   
    09. Winter Scene of McMahon, Mullen and Albert Hall, 1941
   
    10. McMahon Hall, 1941
        L-R: Luis Salazar, Luis Cardenal, Jim Cosgrove, Karl Schmitt, unknown, Alberto Casares, unknown, Manuel Salazar
   
    11. Downtown Washington D.C., 1941
        L-R: Luis Salazar, Karl Schmitt, Alberto Casares
   
    12. CUA, Spring 1941
        L-R: Walter Giffrich, Rafael Fornaris
   
    13. Albert Hall, ca. 1941
        L-R: Albert Casares, Joe Sokolowski, Karl Schmitt, Walter Giffrich
   
    14. CUA, Spring 1941
        Standing: Rafael Fornaris, Walter Griffrich, Kneeling: Alberto Casares, Jose Po, Luis Salazar
   
    15. Gibbons Hall, 1941
        L-R: Egon Wildermuth, Paul Twiddy
   
    16. Michigan Ave Street Trolley, ca. 1941
        overlooking Trinity College
   
    17. McMahon Hall, March 1942
        photo of Karl Schmitt
   
    18. Gibbons Hall rooftop, ca. 1942
        photo of Karl Schmitt
   
    19. Takoma Park, MD. "Twiddy residence", ca. 1942
        Paul Twiddy, Rafael Fornaris
   
    20. Washington D.C. Zoo, 1942
        Karl Schmitt, James Cosgrove (d. 1944/5)
   
    21. Music Building, March 1942
        Karl Schmitt as Zachariah in performance of Athaliah
   
    22. Graduate Hall Dining Room, Military Service Departure Party, 1942
        seated: Monsignor McCormick, standing: Fr. Dillon, seated: Fr. Stratemeyer, others unknown
   
    23. Graduate Hall Dining Room, Military Service Departure Party, 1942
        Monsignor McCormick(Vice Rector), Fr. Dillon (Navy Chaplain)
   
    24. CUA, ca. 1942
        L-R: Rafael Fornaris, Luis Salazar, Alberto Casares
   
    25. Location unknown, CUA Architecture students, June 1943
        Rafael Fornaris, John DeGroot
   
    26. CUA, 1945-1946
        Kathleen Bowser, Anabelle Melville, Rita Bondi, Joan Chapman
   
    27. CUA, 1945-1946
        Anabelle Melville, Lois Pecor, Kathleen Bowser
   
    28. CUA,*"The Quartet", 1945-1946
        L-R, Standing: *Joan Chapman, Lois Copenhaver, Norma Davis, unknown, unknown, Terry Fabrizio, Kneeling: *Lois Pecor, unknown, *Rita Bondi, *Kathleen Bowser
   
    29. CUA, 1945-1946
        Ralph Parker, Frank Walker, Jack O'Donnell
   
    30. CUA, 1945-1946
        L-R: John Mahoney, Earl Essex, Rita Bondi, Lois Pecor, Kathleen Bowser
   
    31. CUA "cannon", 1945-1946
        L-R: Kathleen Bowser, Lois Pecor
   
    32. CUA "cannon", 1945-1946
        Joan Chapman
   
    33. Mullen Library, 1945-1946
        L-R: unknown, unknown, Rita Bondi
   
    34. CUA, Nursing Students, 1945-1946
        L-R: Attracta O'Connor (hidden), Martha Lauerbacher, Mary Dubey, Rita Bondi, Anabelle Melville, Kathleen Bowser, Lois Pecor
   
    35. CUA, 1945-1946
        L-R: Jack O'Donnell, Harold McDonnell
   
    36. CUA, 1945-1946
        L-R: Jack Canavan, Karl Schmitt, Jack O'Donnell, Harold McDonnell
   
    37. CUA, 1945-1946
        L-R: Standing: Kathleen Bowser, Unknown, Mary Dubey, Lois Pecor, Anabelle Melville, Lois Copenhaver, Kneeling: Rita Bondi, unknown, unknown
   
    38. CUA, 1945-1946
        Dick Orsini, Lois Pecor
   
    39. CUA, Nurses and History PhD (Melville) 1945-1946
        L-R: Lois Pecor, Kathleen Bowser, Anabelle Melville
   
    40. Nursing Students, 1945-1946
        L-R: Lois Pecor, Kathleen Bowser, Joan Chapman
   
    41. CUA, unknown campus building, 1945-1946
        Joan Chapman
   
    42. Duplicate of 35, 1945-1946
   
    43. Duplicate of 36, 1945-1946
   
    44. Graduate Hall Dining Room(exterior), Fall 1945
        Harold McDonnell, Karl Schmitt
   
    45. Graduate Hall Dining Room(exterior), Fall 1945
        Harold McDonnell, Karl Schmitt
   
    46. Gibbons Hall, ca. 1946
        L-R: Kathleen Bowser, Earl Essex, Bill Volz, Rita Bondi, Anabelle Melville,Lois Pecor, Frank Walker
   
    47. Graduate Hall, ca. 1946
        L-R: Harold McDonnell, Karl Schmitt, Donald Sommers
   
    48. "Liming the baseball field", Spring 1946
        L-R: Harold McDonnell, Joe Lennon, Norman Helmstedder
                       
Series 2: Unpublished Manuscript, 2000, 1 folder
Series 2 consists of an unpublished manuscript documenting Dr. Schmitt's CUA experience.
Box Folder
1 2 Unpublished manuscript, 2000
   
    01. Changes at The Catholic University of America, 1940-2000:Some Reflections of an Old Grad, July 2000

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: Photographs, 1940-1943, 1945-1946,

Series 2: Unpublished Manuscript, 2000,

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