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Guide to the Vatican II Collection

MSE/MD 3828


Collection Summary

Title: Vatican II Collection
Dates: 1948-1986, bulk 1962-1965
Collection No.: MSE/MD 3828
Creator: Catholic Church
Extent: 27 boxes; 27 containers; 11.42 linear feet
Language: Collection material in Latin and English
Repository: University of Notre Dame. Hesburgh Libraries, Department of Special Collections. 102 Hesburgh Library, Notre Dame, IN 46556
Abstract: Includes copies of materials pertaining to the development of the sixteen official texts promulgated by the Second Vatican Council, three schemas discussed but not officially accepted by the Council, assorted materials pertaining to the nineteen conciliar documents discussed, items relevant to the period of the Council that include booklets, directories, notices, schedules, summaries, and other items. Post-conciliar liturgical documents are also included.

Selected Search Terms

Vatican Council. -- 2nd -- 1962-1965
Catholic Church -- Congresses
Catholic Church

Administrative Information

Restrictions: There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Vatican II Collection, [Collection and folder no.], Department of Special Collections, Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame.

Acquisition and Processing Note: The bulk of the Vatican II Collection was acquired by Hesburgh Libraries from John Rotelle, O.S.A., Director of the Augustinian Provincialate in Villanova, PA in 1984. Draft schemata of the conciliar documents were donated to Hesburgh Libraries by Rev. Mark G. McGrath, C.S.C., and Rev. Redward L. Heston, C.S.C., from their personal collections. Finding lists prepared by Marie Conn and Christian Dupont. Finding aid 2016, by Hanah Herbst and Julie Tanaka.

Scope and Content Note

The Vatican II Collection contains more than 1,400 documents divided into two major sections. The first section, Conciliar Documents, consists of working drafts, voting summaries, news service reports, and other documents that were circulated during the four sessions that comprised the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). The second section, Post-Conciliar Liturgical Documents, contains copies of 354 of the 439 schemata generated by the post-conciliar commissions responsible for implementing liturgical reforms.

The collection of conciliar documents contains materials pertaining to the development of the sixteen official texts promulgated by the Second Vatican Council and three other schemas which were discussed at the Council but were not officially accepted: "De cura animarum" (1963), "De indulgentiis recognoscendis" (1965), and "De matrimonii sacramento" (1963).

The post-conciliar collection details liturgical material, which consists mainly of photocopies of drafts of the schemas and miscellaneous reference materials.

Arrangement Note

The Vatican II Collection is arranged in two sections: Conciliar and Post-Conciliar Liturgical Documents.

Material is grouped according to the pertinent topic and document development, e.g., Breviary, Liturgical Year. Other compilations of Vatican II materials, such as the Acta and the Council Daybook, are arranged according to the overall chronology of the council.

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