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Guide to the Therese Mueller Papers

Includes writings by Therese Mueller, both published and manuscripts as well as correspondence, announcements for lectures, and articles written about Therese Mueller.


Creator: Mueller, Therese, 1905-2002
Title: Therese Mueller Papers
Dates: 1929-1994
Quantity: 1.25 Linear feet (3 boxes plus oversized items)

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

Preferred Citation: [Item description or folder title], Therese Mueller Papers, box [number], folder [number]. St. Catherine University Archives and Special Collections, St. Paul, MN 55105.


About Therese Mueller

Dr. Therese Mueller was born to a physician, Franz Geuer, and Maria Muellers in 1905 in Cologne, Germany. In 1924 she began studying economics at the University of Cologne. When her father died in 1925, she had to stay in Cologne to finish her studies. In 1928 she graduated with the Diplom Volkswirte Prüfung, and in 1929 was promoted as Doctor Rerum Politicerum with an economics major and sociology minor. Her dissertation was titled The Cooperation of Public and Private Welfare Organizations.

In 1930 she married Dr. Franz Mueller, who was at that time an assistant at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Cologne. Due to the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi movement, in 1936 Dr. Franz Mueller left for the United States at the request of the University of St. Louis, Missouri. In 1937 Dr. Therese Mueller left for the United States with her three daughters Mechthild Elizabeth (1931), Hildegard Ursula (1933), and Gertrud Brigitta (1936).

In 1940 the family moved to St. Paul Minnesota after Dr. Franz Mueller was offered a teaching position at the College of St. Thomas. They had two more children Reinhold Christofer (1940) and Francis Laurence (1948) in the United States.

In addition to being a wife and mother, Dr. Therese Mueller was often asked to write articles or give talks on topics of Christian Home Making and Christian Family Living. In 1944 she began teaching a course on Economic Principles in the College of St Catherine’s extension program. She continued teaching various classes in sociology in the summers or on Saturdays all year round. She also taught sociology part time at the College of St Thomas.

Dr. Therese Mueller served for several years on the archdiocesan speakers bureau giving presentations on the liturgical seasons, and has served as a staff member of the archdiocesan ministry for engaged couples. In 1941 she delivered a paper entitled “The Christian Family and the Liturgy” at the second National Liturgical Week. In addition to lectures she also authored many articles and three books: Family Life in Christ (1941), Our Children’s Year of Grace (1943), and The Christian Home and Art (1950). Most of her publications did not follow her academic discipline, but rather were an expression of her experiences as a wife and mother. In addition to being an educator and an author, she also sculpted religious figures using various media.

Dr. Therese J. Mueller died on January 5, 2002.


Contents

The collection contains manuscripts, published articles both by and about Dr. Therese Mueller, announcements of lectures, and correspondence. The collection contains materials in both English and German encompassing various years from 1929-1994. The bulk of the collection is from 1937-1960, and 1979-1994. Articles and books explore such topics as appropriate baptismal garments, the churching of women, recipes, and advice on Christian life in the family.


Organization

The collection is organized into eight series. Each series is arranged alphabetically.


Administration

Publication Information

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

Acquisition

Dr. Therese Mueller's granddaughter donated the collection of one box of publications and papers to the Special Collections at the College of St Catherine (now St. Catherine University) in September 2001.

Processing Information note

The collection was processed and the finding aid written by Renee Weddle, May 2004


Detailed Description

Series 1 Manuscripts

1 folder

Box

About the Advent Wreath

1

Advertising Our Parish

1

Autobiography

1

Begegnung

1

The Christian Family and the Liturgy

1

The Death of a Rightous

1

Book review: Freud der Volker Weihnachtskrippen und Zeichen der Christgeburt aus aller Welt by Gertrude Mueller : 1978

1

From Notes of a talk on St. Nicholas, in the presence of a St. Nicholas

1

Holy Matrimony – the Saving Signal for the Christian Family

1

Lent in the Family

1

The Liturgy and the Family

1

Personal Reminiscences on Father Godfrey Dieckmann OSB

1

Prayer for the Peace

1

The Preface for the New Church year

1

The Sacrament We Have At Home

1

So Long, Alleluia!

1

Therese J. Mueller, nee Geuer

1

Thoughts and Notes on Love

1

Book review: To Dance with God, Family Ritual and Community Celebrations by Gertrud Mueller Nelson

1

Book review: Toward Understanding Germany by Robert H. Lowie : 1954

1

An Unfulfilled Plan: Bringing Home the Sacraments

1

Vom Christlichen Sterben

1

Zur Ehrenrettung der ‘Nur’- Hausfrau

1

Series 2 Correspondence

Box

1 folder

1

Series 3 Writings by Therese Mueller

31 folders

Contains: Clippings and journals containing articles written by Dr. Therese Mueller

Box

Clippings

1

Altar & Home

1

Anderwende

1

Ave Maria: Catholic Home Weekly

1

Baptism is Social

1

The Bulletin

1

The Catholic Art Quarterly

1

Catholic Digest

1

The Catholic Family Monthly

1

The Catholic School Editor

1

The Catholic Woman’s World

1

La Créche

1

De Crist Liche Frau

1

Diaconia

1

Family Life in Christ

1

Fifth Biennial Congress National Retreat Movement

2

Franciscan Herald

2

Frauenat und Frauenleben

2

Holy Family Bulletin

2

Liebrauenland

2

The Living Parish

2

Modern Liturgy

3

Nativity Good News

3

Our Children’s Year of Grace

3

Renascence--A Critical Journal of Letters

3

St Joseph Magazine

3

Social Justice Review

3

The Sower: A Quarterly Journal of Catholic Education

3

The Voice of St Jude

3

When a Christian Dies

3

Worship

3
Drawer

Oversized

Clippings and oversized journal: St Joseph Magazine

C10

Series 4 Lectures

1 folder and oversized materials

Box

Contains: Invitations, programs, clippings and a printed manuscript of lectures and talks given by Dr. Therese Mueller

3

Series 5 Awards

1 folder and oversized materials

Box

Contains: Clippings about the Family Catholic Action award presented to Dr. Therese Mueller in 1948

3

Series 6 Drawings

oversized materials

Drawer

Contains: Sketches done by Dr. Therese Mueller

C10

Series 7 Writings About Her

1 folder and oversized materials

Box Drawer

Contains: Clippings and copies of articles and chapters written about Therese Mueller

3 C10

Series 8 Miscellaneous

2 folders

Box

Contains: Memorials, liturgical writings, and calligraphy

3

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St. Paul Library
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St. Paul, MN 55105
651.690.6553
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