Descriptive inventory for the Father Andrew M. Greeley papers, part 1, ca. 1961-1997, bulk 1980-1996

Father Andrew M. Greeley papers, part 1

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Descriptive inventory for the Father Andrew M. Greeley papers, part 1, ca. 1961-1997, bulk 1980-1996

Prepared by Naomi Wilkin, 2016
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Chicago History Museum, Research Center
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Chicago, IL 60614-6038
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Collection Overview +/-

Title: Father Andrew M. Greeley papers, part 1, circa 1961-1997 and undated (inclusive), circa 1980-1996 (bulk)
Creator: Father Andrew Greeley
Dates: circa 1961-1997 and undated (inclusive), 1980-1996 (bulk)
Accession number: M1981.0002, M1982.0004, M1984.0164
Bib number: 00066819
Call numbers: MSS Lot G
MSS Oversize G
OMM 116
1984.0164 PFL
Size: 83.75 linear feet (189 boxes, 2 oversize files, 1 box of sound recordings)
Language of material:Collection is written in English.

Provenance statement:

Materials were donated by Father Andrew M. Greeley (accession #: M1981.0002, M1982.0004, M1984.0164).


For listening to audio recordings, it is necessary to use a copy, not the original cassette (and to have a copy made if one is not available).

Please cite this collection as:

Father Andrew M. Greeley papers, part 1 (Chicago History Museum) plus a detailed description, date, and box/folder number of a specific item.

Additional Materials +/-

Related material:

Related materials at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, include the Father Andrew M. Greeley papers, part 2; the Father Andrew Greeley video interviews (2002.0159); the volumes of "Fan mail sent to Father Andrew M. Greeley"; and publications cataloged separately.

Collection Summary +/-

Manuscripts, correspondence, research materials, research proposals, speeches and papers, fan mail, articles authored by Greeley, notes, photographs and posters relating to Greeley’s publications, and audiotapes. The bulk of the materials range from the late 1960s to the late 1990s and consist primarily of approximately 100 fiction and non-fiction manuscripts. Materials also include a significant amount of correspondence to and from Greeley. Topics found in research materials and correspondence include Irish American Catholics, sociological research for the National Opinion Research Center (NORC), publication of novels, and child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

Fr. Andrew Greeley was born on February 5, 1928 in Oak Park, IL, a suburb of Chicago. Ordained in 1954, he served the next 10 years (1954-1964) as associate pastor at Christ the King parish in Chicago. In 1962, he received his Ph.D. from University of Chicago in Sociology, going on to become a professor of sociology at University of Arizona and a Research Associate with the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago. During this time, he also pursued a career in writing both non-fiction and fiction. Many of these novels concern Irish American Catholics. Fr. Greeley continued his work in the church as a parish priest. Although he did not lead a congregation in Chicago, Fr. Greeley maintained strong connections with Chicago’s diocese and Catholic community. His public critiques regarding the church's handling of child sexual abuse scandals as well as his commentary on other controversial issues at times resulted in tensions with church. In 2008, Greeley suffered a brain injury from a fall, which greatly reduced his public life. He died on May 29, 2013.

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Authors, American – Illinois – Chicago – 20th century
Catholics – Illinois – Chicago – 20th century
Child sexual abuse by clergy--United States
Irish Americans – Illinois – Chicago – 20th century
Sociology – Illinois – Chicago – 20th century
Bernardin, Joseph Louis, 1928-1996 – Correspondence
Greeley, Andrew M., 1928-2013 – Archives
Greeley, Andrew M., 1928-2013 – Criticism and interpretation
Catholic Church – Illinois – Chicago – Clergy
Catholic Church – United States – Clergy
Manuscripts (for publication)
Photographic prints
Research notes
Chicago (Ill.) – Intellectual life – 20th century
Chicago (Ill.) – Religious life and customs – 20th century
United States – Intellectual life – 20th century
United States – Religious life and customs – 20th century

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

The collection is arranged in four series and one subseries.

Click on heading to view series description.

Series 1. Manuscripts, circa 1968-1997 and undated (box 65-85, 88, 107-109, 122-142, 144-145, 170-173, 181-184)
Series 2. Correspondence, circa 1964-1996 (box 6-46, 92-95, 97-104, 110-114, 146-169, 174-180, 185-192)
Subseries 1. Fan Mail, circa 1981-1994 (box 164-169, 190-192)
Series 3. National Opinion Research Center (NORC), ca. 1961-1982 (box 1-5, 47-57, 116-121)
Series 4. Published Materials and Notes, ca. 1962-1983 (box 58-64, 86-87, 89, 90(0MM-116), 91, 95-96, 105-106, 115, 143, 173, Oversize)

About This Finding Aid +/-

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Naomi Wilkin using Oxygen editor, 2016
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Other Finding Aids: Finding aid also submitted to the Explore Chicago Collections portal.
Processing Note:Parts 1 and 2 of Father Andrew M. Greeley's collection were processed separately; Part 1 was processed in 2016 and Part 2, processed in 2008. Although the finding aid for Part 2 was originally written during the time of processing in 2008, it was edited and encoded in 2016 in conjunction with the processing of Part 1.
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