Walter J. Ong Manuscript Collection [DOC MSS 64]
Scope and Contents
The Walter J. Ong Manuscript Collection documents the thought and work of one of the most important intellectuals and scholars of the 20th century. In this collection, one will find Father Ong's scholarship, academic files, personal correspondence, class and lecture notes, research materials, and other related items. Included in the collection are such items as a number of Ong's unpublished articles and lectures, library cards from around the world, souvenirs from his trip to the 1929 Boy Scout World Jamboree, and correspondence with family, friends, and colleagues. A detailed scope and content note for each of the series is available in the collection finding aid. The first three series in the collection, Scholarship, General Files, and Index Card and Ephemera Files, will probably be of the most interest to research scholars. In addition to being a meticulously organized person, Father Ong was very much aware that he was recognized as an outstanding scholar with an international reputation, and he believed that other scholars would be interested in reviewing and studying the material he produced or collected throughout his career. The contents of this collection, and the way that it is arranged, reflects this organization and self awareness.
The Walter J. Ong Manuscript Collection has been divided into 8 series. Most of these series are further divided into numerous sub-series. For the most part, these series and sub-series divisions reflect the organizational scheme which Father Ong had established for his own research material. These 8 series and the major sub-series are:
Series 1: Scholarship
A. Personal Bibliography
C. Lectures (typescripts)
D. Unpublished and Unfinished Works
E. Research Materials/Sources
Series 2: General Files
A. General Files
Series 3: Index Card and Ephemera Files
A. Alphabetized Index Card and Ephemera Files
B. Address Index Cards
C. Personal Bibliography Index Cards
D. Current Research Index Cards
E. Ramus Material Index Cards
Series 4: Invitations
Series 5: Offprints Given to Walter J. Ong
Series 6: Conference Sessions and Classes on Walter J. Ong
Series 7: Material Given to Saint Louis University Archives
Series 8: Route Book
A detailed scope and content note is available for each of these series below in this finding aid in the series descriptions. The first three series, Scholarship, General Files, and Index Card and Ephemera Files, will probably be of the most interest to research scholars.
- Ong, Walter J., S.J. (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Access to the majority of the collection is unrestricted. There are restrictions to certain sub-series and to individual files, however. Access to files in the "References" sub-series of the "General Files" series requires permission of archivist. Access to certain folders in the Correspondence" sub-series of the "General Files" also requires permission of archivist.
Conditions Governing Use
Please note that Saint Louis University Libraries Special Collections possesses absolute physical ownership rights in the collection and copyright in any unpublished works of Walter J. Ong in the collection. Researchers must obtain permission from Saint Louis University Special Collections before publishing any material from the collection or quoting material for publication.
90.00 Linear Feet
Language of Materials
This collection is organized into 8 series: Series 1: Scholarship Series 2: General Files Series 3: Index Card and Ephemera Files Series 4: Invitations Series 5: Offprints Given to Walter J. Ong Series 6: Conference Sessions and Classes on Walter J. Ong Series 7: Material Given to Saint Louis University Archives Series 8: Route Book
Source of Acquisition
Gift of the Jesuit Community of Saint Louis University
Please see collection of photographs which have been separated from this collection: Walter J. Ong Photographs (AVA PHO 22). Please see collection of slides which have been separated from this collection: Walter J. Ong Slides (AVA SLD 22).
- Walter J. Ong Manuscript Collection [DOC MSS 64]DOC MSS 64
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