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Fordyce House Records [DOC REC 4] Edit

Summary

Identifier
DOC REC 4

Dates

  • 1941-1989 (Creation)

Extents

  • 4.40 Linear Feet (Whole)

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  • Physical Description

    1,488 items other_unmapped

  • Abstract

    The material making up the Fordyce House Records was picked up by Archives personnel at the request of the center's business manager in 1993. These records cover only the very fIrst years of the operation of Fordyce House. The larger part of the records consists of correspondence, subject files, information on the physical plant of the facility, and material on the various retreats and workshops held at Fordyce House. This collection is organized into ten series:  1. Minutes of Meetings; 2. Financial Records; 3. Retreats and Workshops; 4. Correspondence; 5. Programs; 6. Physical Plant; 7. Photographs; 8. Subject Files; 9. Pamphlets; 10. Manuscripts.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    There are no restrictions on access to this collection.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Restrictions may exist on reproduction, quotation, or publication. Please contact the Saint Louis University Archives for details.

  • Source of Acquisition

    Transferred to the University Archives by the Fordyce House business manager

  • Method of Acquisition

    The material making up the Fordyce House Records was picked up by Archives personnel at the request of the center's business manager in 1993. These records cover only the very first years of the operation of Fordyce House.

  • Preferred Citation

    Saint Louis University Libraries Special Collections. Fordyce House Records (DOC REC 4).

  • Scope and Contents

    The bulk of the records dates from 1968 to 1973. Included are some earlier records pertaining to the running of Hazelwood, the predecessor of Fordyce House as a retreat center.

    These records provide a snapshot of conditions at Fordyce House during its early years. The Minutes Series contains material for only three meetings on the status and operation of Fordyce House, but this information is supplemented by that in the Retreats and Workshops Series, which chronicles the evolution of the University's policy of mandatory retreats for Catholic students and provides evidence of the far-reaching influence of the center's community-building seminars on religious throughout the country.

    The Correspondence Series also fleshes out the daily activities at Fordyce House when it served as a meeting place for the corporate, religious, and University communities. The Subject Files Series illustrates the work and concerns of a retreat master: M.B. Martin, S.J. was Director of University Retreats as well as Director of Fordyce House. Some of Martin's other interests are represented by the Manuscripts Series, which contains versions of a work by Martin finally entitled "The Mystery of Life."

    The Physical Plant Series houses material on the construction of Fordyce House, its furnishing, and the extensive landscaping plan devised by Brother August A. (Al) Knoll, S.J. of Regis College in Denver, Colorado. This series also contains an early operating plan for the facility.

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