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7.5 J. William Michelman, S.J., 1965 - 2003


Scope and Contents

This subseries contains newspaper articles, press releases, and other papers related to the decision by J. William Michelman, S.J., to allow peace protestors and supporters of the Catonsville Nine to stay at St. Ignatius Church in Baltimore, where he was Superior between 1966 and 1969. The papers include William Kunstler's statement during the trial of the Berrigan Brothers and Father Michelman's appearance in front of a grand jury in 1971; photographs kept by Michelman, including those of himself as a seminarian and group portraits of other priests; and a poem dedicated to Michelman by Daniel Berrigan, S.J. Because of their date, all of the materials in this subseries are restricted.

J. William Michelman was born in Baltimore. He attended Woodstock Theological College and was ordained as a priest in 1947. He was head of St. Joseph’s Preparatory School, served as Assistant Dean of Men and minister at Georgetown University, and was Superior of the Carroll House. He was also pastor at Gesu Roman Catholic Church (Philadelphia), Sacred Heart Church (LaPlata, Md.), St. Ignatius Church (Baltimore); Provincial Assistant for Social Ministries, Maryland Province (from 1971-1976); and Spiritual Director at the Manresa-on-Severn retreat house (from 1976-1991). Michelman died in 1995.

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Provenance and Arrangement

These papers were transferred to the Maryland Province in 2003, and were integrated into the Addenda. Materials are arranged by subject.


  • 1965 - 2003

Conditions Governing Access

The Maryland Province Archives is on deposit at Georgetown University and is the property of the USA East Province of the Society of Jesus. As stewards of the Archives, the Georgetown University Library’s Booth Family Center for Special Collections is responsible for managing access to the material based on policies set forth by the USA East Province. Researchers may view these materials in the Reading Room of the Booth Family Center for Special Collections. General policies for using Special Collections can be found here.

Access to the Archives is governed by the USA East Province and is subject to all Library and Special Collections policies and procedures in addition to the specific guidelines below. These guidelines are a summary of access policies; the Archives may include materials that fall outside the scope of these general guidelines. For information on access to specific materials, please contact the Special Collections staff.


1. All Archives materials dated or bearing solely on events occurring before January 1, 1940, shall be open for review unless otherwise restricted, subject to Library policies and procedures.

2. All unpublished Archives materials dated or bearing solely on events occurring on or after January 1, 1940, shall be open for review upon request subject to a decision by the Provincial or someone designated by the Provincial.

3. Researchers may quote from the materials.

4. Researchers may take their own photographs of the material for scholarly and research purposes. Allowing photographs is not an authorization to publish or to deposit the material in another library or archive.

5. Written permission from the USA East Province is required for the publication of substantive portions of any material or publication-quality reproductions of any material.

6. Material not yet processed is not available to researchers; permission will not be granted to access any unprocessed material.

7. Audiovisual, microfilm and other material in the Archives, the original of which is held in another archive, may be consulted and transcribed only. Written permission from the archive holding the original material is required for any duplication, reproduction, or publication of that material.

8. Use the Permission Request Form to request permission (i) to access any restricted processed material or (ii) to publish reproductions or quote substantive portions of the material. Send the completed form by email to the Booth Family Center for Special Collections (


From the Collection: 308 boxes (212 regular boxes, 25 oversized boxes, 58 restricted regular boxes, 13 restricted oversized boxes, plus 14 card catalog drawers )

Language of Materials

From the Collection: Multiple languages


Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

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