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Guide to Mary Edward Healy Papers

This collection includes the professional and personal papers of Sister Mary Edward Healy, the sixth president of the College of St. Catherine. Materials include correspondence, reports, awards, publications, biographical and historical materials, photographs, and artifacts.


Creator: Healy, Mary Edward, Sister, 1906-1991
Title: Mary Edward Healy Papers
Dates : 1938-1992
Quantity: 1.2 Linear feet (3 Hollinger boxes plus artifacts)

Language: English
Repository: Archives and Special Collections, St. Catherine University Library

Preferred Citation: [Item Description or Folder Title], [Series], Mary Edward Healy Papers. St. Catherine University Archives and Special Collections, St. Paul, Minnesota 55105.


About Mary Edward Healy

Sister Mary Edward was born Mary Marcella Healy on July 23, 1906 in Montrose, South Dakota. She attended Cathedral High School in Sioux Falls, graduating head of her class in 1924. She then went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in Latin and history from the University of Minnesota in 1928. Following her education, she briefly returned to South Dakota, where she taught at Ravinia High School and then joined the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1930.

After joining the CSJs, Sister Mary Edward continued teaching, first at St. Margaret’s Academy and St. Anthony High School in Minneapolis (1933-1938) and then at Derham Hall in St. Paul (1938-1939). She studied sociology at the Catholic University of America, receiving her master’s degree in 1940 and her doctorate in 1948. In 1966, she was awarded an honorary doctorate of letters from St. Thomas College.

Healy began teaching sociology at the College of St. Catherine (CSC) in 1941, becoming chair of the department in 1948 and dean of students 1955. She held both of these positions until she was appointed president of the College in 1961. Among other organizations driven by a social interest, Healy served on the American Catholic Sociological Society and the Minnesota Conference on Social Work Education.

During her tenure as president, Derham Hall High School moved off the CSC campus to a new location. With this move, the completion of St. Mary’s Hall, and the library expansion, there was ample room for the student body and the curriculum to expand. International studies began to develop and expand to new areas of the world. Sister Mary Edward also appointed the first lay dean, Marie Corrigan. One of Healy’s biggest contributions to the continuing success of CSC was securing a $1,000,000 match grant from the Ford Foundation in 1963 for which $2,000,000 in matching funds were raised from 1963-1966.

In 1964, she was chosen to be provincial superior of the CSJs and left the presidency for her new post. She served in that capacity until 1970, before teaching briefly at Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles and eventually rejoining the CSC faculty in 1971. In 1974 she retired to the post of telephone operator and receptionist at CSC until 1981.

Sister Mary Edward died at Bethany Convent on Sept. 27, 1991.


Contents

This collection includes the professional and personal papers of Sister Mary Edward Healy, the sixth president of the College of St. Catherine. Materials include correspondence, reports, awards, publications, biographical and historical materials, photographs and artifacts.

The bulk of the collection is focused on her time as a faculty member at the College of St. Catherine, with a limited amount relating to her early life and education. Most materials document her roles as teacher, dean and president. Many files relate to her studies in sociology and courses she taught on that subject.

Also of note are her fundraising efforts, particularly those related to the Ford Foundation Grant received in 1963-1964.


Organization

This collection is broken down into four series.

  1. Series 1: Presidential Materials
1.1 — Correspondence
1.2 — Subject files
  1. Series 2: Professional Materials
2.1 — Correspondence
2.2 — Subject files
  1. Series 3: Personal Correspondence
  2. Series 4: Biographical Materials

Administration

Publication Information

Archives and Special Collections
2004 Randolph Ave
St. Paul, MN, 55105
651.690.6553
archives@stkate.edu

Processing Information

The collection was processed and the finding aid written by Veronica Olson, 2013.


Selected Search Terms

Corporate Name(s)

  • President, Office of the.

Detailed Description

Presidential Materials

1947-1979
(1/2 box)

Contents:
This series is composed of correspondence and subject files from Sr. Mary Edward Healy's term as president of the College of St. Catherine (1961-1964). Subject files consist of materials related to projects Healy directed during her presidency, such as the Ford Foundation Grant. Of note is an address she delivered to the American Association of University Women, entitled, “The Role of the Liberal Arts College in a Time of Change and Challenge.”

Organization:
Divided into 2 sub-series, Correspondence and Subject Files, each arranged alphabetically

Correspondence

1961-1964

Box

Congratulatory Letters : 1961
View documents

1

Lay People : 1961-1964

1

Priests : 1961-1964

1

Sisters : 1961-1964

1

Subject Files

1961-1964

Box

Address: Role of the Liberal Arts College in a Time of Change and Challenge : undated

An address given to the American Association of University Women during Healy's presidency.

1

Ford Foundation Grant : 1963-1964

See also University Archives materials relating to grants and funding.

1

Presidential Reception : 1961

1

Profile of the College of St. Catherine : 1962

1

Report of the President : 1962-1963

1

Professional Materials

1947-1979
(1 box)

Contents:
This series consists of correspondence and subject files from Sister Mary Edward Healy's years as a CSC faculty member and Provincial Superior for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (1964-1969). Subject files include published writings, course outlines, teaching materials, contracts, reports, newsletters, photos, and other materials related to Healy's various professional positions.

Organization:
Divided into 2 sub-series, Correspondence and Subject Files, arranged alphabetically

Professional Correspondence

Box

1938-1980

2

Subject Files

Box

Article: "Facets of Social Change," in American Catholic Sociological Review : 1960

Rough draft and copy of the American Catholic Sociological Review, Vol. XXI, No. 1 in which the article appears.

2

Faculty Agreements : 1972-1974

2

Faculty: American Catholic Sociological Society : 1959

2

Faculty: Institute on Catholic Social Teaching : 1947

2

Faculty: Russian Area Studies : 1956-1957

2

Faculty: Sociology 200, Principles of Sociology : 1971-1972

2

Faculty: Sociology 321, The Family : 1971-1972

2

Faculty: Sociology Course Outlines : 1947-1979

2

Faculty: Sociology Roll Books : 1947-1972

2

Lucile Quinlan Memorial Library (former faculty member) : 1973

2

Provincial Superior : 1964-1969

2

Publication: St. Thomas Aquinas : 1948

Five excerpts of the first chapter from the book Society and Social Change in the Writings of St. Thomas, Ward, Sumner, and Cooley, Volume 27 in the text book series Studies in sociology, Catholic University of America.

Copies of the complete book available in the circulating and special collections under the call number HM22.U5 H4 1972.

2

Vietnam Refugees - Pham Thi Ngo (Angie) : 1979

2

Personal correspondence

(1 folder)

Box

Contents: This file consists of personal letters and cards written to and from Sr. Mary Edward Healy. Several letters date from her time as a novice, and from her period as a faculty member at CSC. However, the majority of letters in this file date from her time as a graduate student at the Catholic University of America in the 1940s. Subjects include her studies, administrative responsibilities, and personal matters.

2

Biographical Materials

(1 box)

Contents:
This series consists of information about Sister Mary Edward Healy gathered or composed by other people. It is primarily composed of biographical publications, news articles, and oral histories. Additionally, there are administrative files documenting Healy's retirement and death.

Organization:
Alphabetical

Box

Academic Records : 1928-1947

3

Biographical Sketches : Unknown

3

Biography by Wilkes-Karraker : 1983

3

Death : 1991-1992

3

Faculty File : 1946-1965

3
Shelf Box

Honors and Citations : 1928-1987

O1 3
Box

Miscellaneous CSC Materials : unknown

3

Newspaper Clippings : 1951-1985

3

Oral History Interviews : 1977 and 1982

3

Photographs : Unknown

3

Retirement : 1974

3

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Contact Archives

St. Paul Library
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
651.690.6553
archives@stkate.edu