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William Thomas Walsh

An inventory of William Thomas Walsh Papers at The American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives


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Descriptive Summary

Repository: The Catholic University of America, The American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives
Creator: William Thomas Walsh, September 11, 1891- January 22, 1949
Title: William Thomas Walsh Papers
Dates: 1914(1930-1949)2004
Extent: 2.5 linear feet; 2 boxes
Abstract: The William Thomas Walsh Papers are organized into a correspondence and a publications series. The first series incorporates his personal correspondence that reflects the types of relationships he maintained throughout his career as an author and an educator within the Catholic community. This series also contains extensive correspondence between Walsh and the administration at Manhattanville College, where he taught for many years. The second series contains manuscripts and notes of some of his works, as well as the autographed copies of some of his most prominent books.
Collection Number: 10
Language: English

Biographical Note

William Thomas Walsh was born on September 11, 1891 in Waterbury, Connecticut, the first son of William Thomas and Elizabeth Josephine (Bligh) Walsh. Walsh's grandparents, Michael and Mary (Hennelly) Walsh, immigrated from Ireland around 1850 and originally settled on a farm near Baltimore. Walsh became a high school reporter for the Waterbury American at age sixteen while he was still enrolled at Crosby High School. In 1910, at the age of nineteen his first book was published as a warning against socialism. It was published under the title "The Mirage of Many" while Walsh attended Yale. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1913. He studied violin at the Yale School of Music and was conductor of the university's symphony orchestra. In 1914, Walsh married Helen Gerard Sherwood, and they went on to have six children: Elizabeth Purves, Jane, Grace (Sister Mary Concepta), William Thomas (died in infancy), Helen Theresa, and Peter. Having already worked for various newspapers throughout his high school and collegiate careers, during the last year of World War I Walsh found himself serving as a field-reporter on the Mexican Border for the New York Daily. Later on in 1918, Walsh found the start to his thirty-one year teaching career at Hartford Public High School in Connecticut. From 1919 to 1933, Walsh headed the English Department at the Roxbury School in Massachusetts. He then moved on to a position as an English professor at Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart for the next fourteen years. Teaching as a profession afforded him amble time to concentrate on his writing career, especially with summers off to travel. Throughout his teaching career, Walsh regularly spent summers in the archives of Catholic churches in Spain in order to conduct research for his books. Walsh also attended the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, his first time being in 1929, in order to finish his work on Isabella of Spain. While attending the artist colony, he worked alongside numerous other prominent artists of the early twentieth century. He formed a relationship with poet E.A. Robinson that developed over the years even when Walsh did not attend the colony after 1933. In 1935, Walsh wrote a piece published in U.S. Catholic Weekly in memory of E.A. Robinson and the experiences the two shared while attending the colony.

On July 15, 1946, while working on Our Lady of Fatima, Walsh received the opportunity to interview Sister Marie Lucia of the Carmelite convent of Santa Teresa in Coimbra, Portugal. Sister Marie Lucia was famously the only survivor of the three children who witnessed a series of apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Fatima, Portugal, in the summer of 1917. In the interview, Sister Lucia digressed the significance of the second July secret, and reported the precise distinction between the Holy Father's Consecration of the world versus the specific Consecration of Russia.

In 1947, Walsh retired from teaching due to diminished health and concentrated on finishing his novel Our Lady of Fatima. Walsh's most noteworthy works include his biographies on Isabella of Spain, Philip II, and St. Teresa of Avila, as well as his Characters of the Inquisition, Our Lady of Fatima, and Saint Peter, the Apostle. In 1933, Fordham University awarded him an Honorary Doctorate in Literature. For his works on Spanish Catholic history, Walsh was awarded the Laetare Medal by the University of Notre Dame in 1941, and in 1943 he received the Cross of Commander of the Order of Alphonso X by order of the Minister of Education of Spain.

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Scope and Contents

The William Thomas Walsh Papers are divided into two series. The first series, Correspondence, consists of letters between William Walsh and a variety of individuals. The second series, Publications and Audiovisual Materials, 1930-1949, boxes 1-2, contains numerous manuscripts of some of Walsh's works, copies of some of his published books, and photograph portraits.

Series 1, Correspondence, 1914(1930-1948)2004, box 1, contains further biographical information published about William Thomas Walsh. The correspondence in the first series pertain his personal life, his career as both an educator and an author. Correspondence include his family and friends, publishing companies, educational institutions, and members of the Catholic Clergy. In addition to the personal correspondence, this series also contains poems written by Walsh's daughter, Helen Payne, as well as correspondence between her and her brother, Peter.

Series 2, Publications and Audiovisual Materials, 1930-1949, n.d., boxes 102, contains numerous manuscripts of Walsh's work. Some of these manuscripts are for works that were not finished. In addition, there are personal copies of Walsh's published works, photograph portraits of Walsh, as well as an unidentified audio tape recording.

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Arrangement

The William Thomas Walsh Papers consists of:



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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None

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Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The Walsh Papers were donated to the American Catholic History Research Center on January 5, 2016 by Dr. Steven Millies, on behalf of Mary Ann Carlin-Walsh, the surviving wife of his son, Peter.

Processing Information

Processing and EAD markup in April-May 2016 by Daniel Van Ostenbridge. Additional processing and EAD markup completed in May 2016 by W. J. Shepherd.

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Related Material

Gallery of Living Catholic Authors

America Magazine Archives

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Index Terms

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


Persons:
William Thomas Walsh, Sister Marie Lucia, E.A. Robinson

Organizations:
Manhattanville College, MacDonnell Artist Colony

Places:
New York, New York; Larchmont, Connecticut

Subjects:
American Catholic Authors, Spanish History


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Bibliography

Catholic Authors

In Memory of William T. Walsh

Our Lady of Fatima

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Detailed Description of the Collection

                       
Series 1: Correspondence, 1914(1930-1949)2004, (1 Box)
Biographical information published about William Thomas Walsh and correspondence that include his family and friends, publishing companies, educational institutions, and members of the Catholic Clergy. In addition, there are also poems written by Walsh's daughter, Helen Payne, as well as correspondence between her and her brother, Peter.
Box Folder
1 1 Published Biographical Notes, n.d.(1942-1959)2004
  2 Personal Correspondence, 1933-1948
        Correspondence between Walsh and numerous individuals inquiring mostly about his literary works.
  3 Correspondence with editors and publishers, 1931-1948
  4 Correspondence with Catholic Clergy, 1939-1948
        Correspondence with prominent American Catholic clergy, including: Sister Mary Ignatia (see newspaper clipping), Reverend Robert Ignatius Gannon, S.J., Reverend Mother Agnes of Jesus, and Monsignor Matthew Tierney.
  5 Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart, 1944-1948, 1969
        Correspondence between Walsh and Mother Grace Dammann, Reverend Mother Ursula Benziger, and Reverend Mother Florence Weston (1944-1947). Relevant Newspaper articles and miscellaneous articles pertaining to Manhattanville faculty.
  6 Correspondence with Reverend Mother O'Byrne, 1943-1948
  7 Newspaper Articles, 1942-1945
  8 Correspondence to the Walsh family, 1911914(1938-1948)n.d.
  9 Correspondence with E.A. Robinson and Recollections of the MacDonnell Colony, 1930-1942
        Includes letters and manuscripts
  10 Poems and letters by Helen Payne (Walsh), 1987-1998
  11 Miscellaneous, 1943-1946, n.d.
                       
Series 2: Publications and Audiovisual Materials, 1930-1949, n.d. (2 Boxes)
Numerous manuscripts, many unfinished, plus copies of Walsh's published works, photograph portraits of Walsh, as well as an unidentified audio tape recording.
Box Folder
1 12 Manuscript of Citizens of Heaven, 1948
  13 Manuscript of Saints in Action, n.d.
  14 Manuscript of Shekels, 1940
  15 Manuscript of Three Christian Martyrs, n.d.
  16 Manuscript of St. Gregory the Great, n.d.
  17 Manuscript of The Meaning of History, n.d.
  18 Manuscript of The Carmelite Martyrs of Compiegne, n.d.
  19 Notes of various works, n.d.
  20 Manuscript of St. Simon the Apostle,
  21 Manuscript of St. Peter the Apostle, n.d.
  22 Manuscript of St. Peter the Apostle, n.d.
  23 Manuscript of St. Peter the Apostle, n.d.
  24 Manuscript of St. Teresa, n.d.
  25 Manuscript of St. Teresa, n.d.
  26 Manuscript of Three Apostles, n.d.
Box Folder
2 1 Reel to reel audio tape,
        (See Rare Books; See also Ref. Pub. Pamphlets)-unmarked
  2 Photograph portraits (proofs) of Walsh, 1948-1949, n.d.
        Includes letter from Blackstone Studios to Mrs. Walsh.
  3 Four portrait headshots, ca. 1948
  4 Copy of Philip II, 1937
        Published by Sheed and Ward.
  5 Copy of Characters of the Inquisition, 1940
        Published by PJ Kennedy and Sons.
  6 (2) Copies of Isabella of Spain: The Last Crusader, 1930
        Published by Robert M. McBride and Company.
  7 Copy of Isabella of Spain 1931
        Published by Sheed and Ward
  8 Copy of Our Lady of Fatima, 1948
        Published by The MacMillan Company.
  9 Copy of St. Peter the Apostle, 1948
        Published by The MacMillan Company.
  10 (3) Copies of Lyric Poems, 1939
        Published by P.J. Kennedy and Sons.

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: Correspondence, 1914(1930-1949)2004,

Series 2: Publications and Audiovisual Materials, 1930-1949, n.d.

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