The John G. Deedy, Jr. Papers consist of the correspondence, manuscripts, notes, and other items generated and collected by John G. Deedy, Jr. throughout the course of his career in journalism and freelance writing. Most of the papers come from his years as Managing Editor of "Commonweal" (1967-1978) and the following years when he worked as a freelance writer (1978-1999). These papers shed light on many major events affecting the Catholic-American scene for the years they span, and offer insight into many of Deedy's works during this time.

Among the highlights of these papers is correspondence with Bishops, Cardinals, and Priests of the Catholic Church, political and literary figures; subject files on issues such as the Sacco-Vanzetti Trial, the Vatican II Counsel, the Leonard Feeney, S. J. controversy; and the author and peace activist Daniel Berrigan, S. and his brothers. These papers are also a valuable source of the correspondence of other Catholic journalists, editors, and publishers and the issues they covered in the 1960's through the 1990's.

John G. Deedy, Jr. grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts. He attended Holy Cross College and later earned an M.A. at Trinity College Dublin. He began his career in journalism as a staff reporter for the "Worcester Telegram." In 1951 he became founding Editor of "The Catholic Free Press," under then Bishop John J. Wright. He went on to become Editor of "The Pittsburgh Catholic" in 1957 and then Managing Editor of "Commonweal" in 1967. In 1978 John Deedy retired from full-time journalism to become a freelance writer. John Deedy has also written articles for "The New York Times," "The Boston Globe," "The Nation," "The New Republic," "The Tablet" and numerous other publications.

Researchers interested in his early years with "The Catholic Free Press" should see the collection of his papers held at the Dinand Library at the College of the Holy Cross, which contains extensive correspondence between John Deedy and Bishop John J. Wright.

ACCESSION DATA: Bulk Dates: 1960-1990 Span Dates: 1407-1999 Size: 10.5 linear feet; 12 boxes + 1 oversized box Provenance: Acquired from John G. Deedy, Jr. 1991-1997 Processed by Jeremy William March, July 2001

BULK DATES: 1960 - 1997
SPAN DATES: 1407 - 1999

EXTENT: 13 boxes


SERIES: 1. Correspondence of Individuals

SERIES DESCRIPTION: Series includes correspondence with individuals.

SERIES: 2. Correspondence Alphabetical

SERIES DESCRIPTION: Correspondence arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

SERIES: 3. Correspondence with Publications

SERIES DESCRIPTION: Series includes correspondence of John Deedy with editors and publishers regarding books and articles he wrote. Also includes letters of reaction from readers, royalty statements, and promotional items.

SERIES: 4. Manuscripts

SERIES DESCRIPTION: Series contains manuscripts collected by John G. Deedy, Jr.

SERIES: 5. Subjects

SERIES DESCRIPTION: Contains folders arranged by subject on publications and projects of John Deedy.

SERIES: 6. John DePol

SERIES DESCRIPTION: Contains correspondence, prints, Christmas cards, and keepsakes of engraver John DePol.

SERIES: 7. Rockwell Kent

SERIES DESCRIPTION: Contains original correspondence, correspondence about, artwork, and catalogs of Rockwell Kent.

SERIES: 8. Artists, Galleries, and Dealers

SERIES DESCRIPTION: Contains materials related to John Deedy's interest in the printing and engraving arts. Includes correspondence with artists, galleries, and art dealers.

SERIES: 9. Prints, Drawings, Watercolors

SERIES DESCRIPTION: Prints, drawings, and watercolors collected by John Deedy.

SERIES: 10. Miscellaneous

SERIES DESCRIPTION: Miscellaneous series.

SERIES: 11. Oversized

SERIES DESCRIPTION: Oversized series.