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John F. Bannon Manuscript Collection [DOC MSS 56]

Identifier: DOC MSS 56

Scope and Contents

The John F. Bannon Manuscript Collection documents the research, writing, and to a lesser extent the teaching of one of the University's best-loved professors as well as one of the foremost experts on the trans-Mississippi West and Latin America.  The Manuscripts and Works series chronicle his scholarly interests and output, and the former also contains two volumes of memoirs that vividly capture the crusty Jesuit's thoughts about his life as a priest and an academic.  The Notes series consists of Bannon's jottings pursuant to the production of his histories of the University and its various departments.  The Teaching Materials series comprises class outlines and exams.


  • 1888-1983


Conditions Governing Access

Access to portions of this collection is restricted; please contact the Saint Louis University Archives for details.  Bannon's memoirs are laced with rather acerbic assessments of colleagues, both Jesuit and academic.

Conditions Governing Use

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


1.90 Linear Feet

358 items other_unmapped

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This material came to the University Archives from Jesuit Hall, the Jesuit residence, several years after Bannon's death, but not before much of the contents of Bannon's file cabinets, described as "just class notes and tests," was discarded. Most of this collection consists of manuscripts by Bannon, including two volumes of memoirs, published copies of his works, and research notes. Bannon was associated with the Department of History at Saint Louis University for 34 years, 28 of them as chairman. This collection is organized into 8 series: 1. Clippings; 2. Correspondence; 3. Ephemera; 4. Financial Records; 5. Manuscripts; 6. Notes; 7. Teaching Materials; 8. Works.

Source of Acquisition

Gift of the Jesuit Community of Saint Louis University

John F. Bannon Manuscript Collection [DOC MSS 56]DOC MSS 56
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Repository Details

Part of the Saint Louis University Archives Repository

Pius XII Memorial Library
3650 Lindell Blvd.
St. Louis Missouri 63108 United States