This collection contains the research materials Virginia M. Keeler used in writing her Master's thesis, entitled "The Search for Freedom, and Freedom Found: The Life and Art of Brother Francis C. Schroen, S.J." Brother Schroen was the artist who, as one of his many assignments, painted the decorative artwork throughout Healy Hall on the campus of Georgetown University. Keeler, the longtime Secretary of the University, submitted her thesis on April 29, 1989 to the School for Continuing Education at Georgetown. In her project proposal, Keeler writes, "It would be the focus of my project to endeavor to collect on slides what survives of his work, and to explore his life." The collection consists of Keeler's thesis plus various shorter manuscripts, incoming and outgoing correspondence, and research materials including printed articles, notes, photographs, a video, and slides. Correspondence was written to institutions and individuals in an attempt to gain more information about Brother Schroen and what still exists of his paintings. Some correspondence was written to and from the descendants of Brother Schroen. The printed articles are from newspapers and magazines with biographical information on Schroen. The photographs in the collection are snapshots of Schroen's existing work, most of them taken in the 1980s. The slides are from a slide show that Keeler put together into a presentation on Schroen's work and are largely made from the photographs also contained in the collection.
SERIES SYNOPSIS: The Virginia M. Keeler Papers are arranged into 3 series.
SERIES: 1. Manuscripts DESCRIPTION: Manuscripts written by Virginia M. Keeler.
SERIES: 2. Correspondence DESCRIPTION: Correspondence of Virginia M. Keeler, outgoing and incoming.
SERIES: 3. Research Materials DESCRIPTION: Research materials including printed articles, notes, photographs, slides, and a videotape.
ABBREVIATIONS: ALS - Autograph Letter Signed AL - Autograph Letter ACS - Autograph Card Signed TLS - Typed Letter Signed
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Most manuscripts collections at the Georgetown University Booth Family Center for Special Collections are open to researchers; however, restrictions may apply to some collections. Collections stored off site require a minimum of three days for retrieval. For use of all manuscripts collections, researchers are advised to contact the Booth Family Center for Special Collections in advance of any visit.