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Sister Mary Madeleva Papers

An inventory of her papers at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: M. Madeleva (Mary Madeleva), Sister, 1887-1964.
Title: Sister Mary Madeleva Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1941-1962
Quantity: 0.25 linear ft.
Abstract: Printed material and manuscripts from the American nun and poet
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Sister M. Madeleva (1887-1964), CSC, born Mary Evaline Wolff, was an American poet and nun.

In 1905 she joined the Sisters of the Holy Cross. She received her bachelor's degree from St. Mary's College in 1909, a master's from the University of Notre Dame in 1918, and a doctorate from the University of Southern California in 1925, as well as receiving numerous other honorary degrees from universities around the country. She eventually became president of Saint Mary's College (1934-1961) and authored 70 books in her lifetime. At St. Mary's she established the Graduate School of Sacred Theology in 1944, the first of its kind for women.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Sister Mary Madeleva Papers consists of printed material and writings.

Printed material contains material both by and about Sister Madeleva.

Writings contains manuscripts by Sister Madeleva.

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Arrangement of the Collection

Printed material is arranged chronologically with undated material at the end. Writings are arranged chronologically with undated material at the end.

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Access Restrictions

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Related Material

Six books of poetry by Sister Madeleva, and five books of essays and memoirs by Sister Madeleva have been sent to cataloging. Please check the Classic Catalog for these items.

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Subject Headings


M. Madeleva (Mary Madeleva), Sister, 1887-1964.


College presidents.
Nuns as authors.
Women poets -- United States.

Genres and Forms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Manuscripts for publication.



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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Sister Mary Madeleva Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Sister Mary Madaleva, 1964.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: MRC
Date: 16 Oct 2009
Revision history: 19 Feb 2019 - processed (KD)

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Printed material
Box 1 About Sister Madeleva 1959,1962, undated
Box 1 By Sister Madeleva 1949, undated
Box 1 Manuscripts 1941-1958, undated - the bulk are typescripts of speeches given at Honors Convocations

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