MsC 598

Collection Dates: 1929 -- 1975
(Bulk Dates: 1950s and 1960s )
4.75 linear ft.
plus one oversized folder

Collection Guide

This document describes a Manuscript Collection held by the

Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries


Guide Contents

Administrative Information

Biographical and Historical Information

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Acquisition and Processing Information

Box Contents List

Administrative Information

Access and Restrictions: Open for research with the exception of Boxes 9 and 10 (under review). Copyright belongs to the estate of Mary Ellen Evans until December 31, 2011, at which time it passes to the University of Iowa.

Digital Surrogates: Except where indicated, this document describes but does not reproduce the actual text, images and objects which make up this collection. Materials are available only in the Special Collections Department.

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Use of Collections:  The University of Iowa Libraries supports access to the materials, published and unpublished, in its collections. Nonetheless, access to some items may be restricted by their fragile condition or by contractual agreement with donors, and it may not be possible at all times to provide appropriate machinery for reading, viewing or accessing non-paper-based materials. Please read our Use of Manuscripts Statement.

Biographical Note

Mary Ellen Evans was born in 1912 in Dubuque. She attended the State University of Iowa, Columbia University, and the Catholic University of America. A Dominican tertiary, she worked as an editor and author at such publishers as P. J. Kennedy and Oxford University Press. She was an author in her own right, and this collection contains manuscripts of her published works as well as some works which have not found a publisher. She was also a member of the Catholic International Council and of the North American Liturgical Conference. She lived for many years in New York before moving back to Dubuque. She died there in 2000.

C. Pummer and J. Roethler, August 2004

Scope and Contents

The Mary Ellen Evans Papers have been divided into four categories: personal correspondence, biographical material, editorial work (including business correspondence), and authorial material.

The personal correspondence is arranged in alphabetical order by correspondent. A large section of correspondence from friends and teachers at Clarke College has been left intact, as Ms. Evans' arrangement, which proceeds at times by the logic of association, and seems here appropriate.

The biographical material is arranged roughly chronologically.

Associated with this collection is a fairly large (approximately four feet) addendum concerning Eric Gill, which is currently unprocessed.

Acquisition and Processing Information

These papers were given to the University of Iowa Libraries by Mary Ellen Evans starting in 1973.

Guide posted to Internet: August 2004

Addenda: 1977 and 1978

Box Contents List

Box 1

Personal Correspondence




Clarke College



Espinosa, Aurelio

Box 2 Personal correspondence, cont.





Reinhardt, Kurt and Bertha


Biographical material

School and College


Women's Page (Editor), 1938

Box 3, Biographical material, cont.

NCCS Newsletter (Assistant Editor and Editor), 1942 -- 1943

Articles (written by Mary Ellen Evans)

Book Reviews and Letters to the Editor (written by Mary Ellen Evans)

Newspaper Articles


Box 4

Editorial work

P.J. Kenedy & Sons

(1) Correspondence 1950 -- 1952

(2) 1953 -- 1955

(3) 1957 -- 1969

(4) Undated

Book Catalogues and Related Material (P.J. Kenedy & Sons)

Workshops (Representing P.J. Kenedy & Sons)

-- (see Oversized Material) (Jacket copies by Mary Ellen Evans in map case 12, drawer 2)

Box 5 Editorial work, cont.

One copy of the Maryknoll Missal (a project while at P.J. Kenedy & Sons)

Box 6 Editorial work, cont.

Book Catalogues and Related Material (Mercier Press)

Book Catalogues (non-Kenedy) (1)

Book Catalogues (non-Kenedy) (2)

Documentation for The English Letters of Abbot Marmion

New Catholic Encyclopedia

(1) Correspondence 1960 -- 1962

(2) Correspondence 1963 -- 1966


Box 7 Editorial Work, cont.

New Catholic Encyclopedia, cont.

Charts, Forms, Directives


Articles and Reviews

Authorial materials

The Seed and the Glory


Reviews and Advertisements

The Spirit is Mercy


Box 8 Authorial materials, cont.

The Spirit is Mercy, cont.

Notes (1)

Notes (2)

Notes with Galleys (3)

Publisher's Matter

Reviews and Articles

The Christian Vision(Anthology) (Editor)

Oversized folder

Bookjackets (P.J. Kenedy & Sons) (Jacket Copy by Mary Ellen Evans)


1977 Addendum

Box 9


Lain Entralgo, Dr. Pedro, 1954 -- 1970

Lavanoux, Maurice, 1943 -- 1974

Loyola University Press -- Correspondence re: Fr. D.A. Lord's Played By Ear, 1955

Margaret, Dr. Helene, 1939 -- 1975

Mullin, Rev. Francis A., 1931 -- 1947


Copyediting Example

Letter to the Editor of Jubilee, June 1957

"The Missing Footnote or, The Cure Who Wasn't There" by M.E. Evans, 1973

Box 10

Braceland, Francis James. Faith, Reason, and Modern Psychiatry

General Notes

Notes on Contributors

General Correspondence, 1952 -- 1955

Rudolf Allers, 1953 -- 1954

Jordan Aumann, 1954

F.J. Braceland, 1953 -- 1955

Dorothy Donnelly, 1954

John LaFarge, 1954

Juan Lopez-Ibor, 1953 -- 1954

Noel Mailloux, 1953 -- 1954

Vincent E. Smith, 1953 -- 1955

Karl Stern, 1953 -- 1954

Gregory Zilboorg, 1953 -- 1955

Lawler, Justus George, 1950 -- 1967

1978 Addendum

Box 11


1929 -- 1939, including letters from Wilber L. Schramm

1940 -- 1949, including letters from Wilber L. Schramm and M. M. Hoffman

1950 -- 1952

1953 -- 1959, including letters from M. M. Hoffman and Joseph Early Evans

1960 -- 1965

1966 -- 1969

1970 -- 1978



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