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Theodore Maynard - Robert F. McNamara Collection

Identifier: GTM-GAMMS346

Collection-level Scope and Content Note

The Theodore Maynard - Robert F. McNamara Collection consists of personal correspondence between Theodore Maynard and Robert F. McNamara. The collection also includes a few letters of correspondence between Robert F. McNamara and Kathleen Sheehan. A few newspaper and magazine clippings and one printed pamphlet are also contained in the collection. Mentioned in the letters of Maynard and McNamara are Maynard's numerous publications, including "Apostle of Charity: The Life of Saint Vincent dePaul," "Queen Elizabeth," "The Story of American Catholicism," "The Reed and the Rock: Portrait of Simon Brute," "Orestes Brownson: Yankee, Radical, Catholic," "Too Small a World: The Life of Francesca Cabrini," "Mystic in Motley: The Life of Saint Philip Neri," "Humanist as Hero: The Life of Sir Thomas More," "A Fire Was Lighted: The Life of Rose Hawthorne Lathrop," "The Better Part: The Life of Teresa Demjanovich," "The Catholic Way," "The Catholic Church and the American Idea," "The Long Road of Father Serra," "Saint Ignatius and the Jesuits," "The Life of Thomas Cranmer," and "Great Catholics in American History." The collection also includes many references in correspondence to Catholic ideology, including indifferentism, birth control, the infallibility of the pope, and Americanism. Correspondence written by people other than Maynard and McNamara is also present in the collection, including a letter of critique to Maynard from Frederick Zwierlein, notes to McNamara from Kathleen Sheehan after her wedding to Maynard, and letters to McNamara from the Tekakwitha League. A pamphlet with a short biography of Theodore Maynard is also preserved.


  • 1932 - 1956

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Biographical note

Theodore Maynard (1890-1956) was born in Madrus, India in 1890 to Thomas and Eliza Maynard, two English Salvation Army Officers. He was received into the Roman Catholic Church in 1913. He was living in London when he met Sara Casey, whom he married in 1918. Two years later, they moved to the United States, where Maynard gained his B.A. from Fordham University, his M.A. from Georgetown University, and his Ph.D. from the Catholic University of America. He served as an English Literature professor at Dominican College, St. John's College, Fordham University, Georgetown University, and Mount St. Mary's College. His Georgetown professorship and his status as Head of the English Department lasted from 1929 to 1934. From the age of twenty five until his death, he wrote more than forty books of poetry, biography, and history and lectured on a variety of topics. In 1945, Sara Casey Maynard died of tuberculosis while he was recovering from the disease himself. In 1946, he married Kathleen Sheehan. He died at age sixty-five on October 18, 1956. [Source: "Who Was Who in America" vol. 3 (Chicago: Marquis, 1960), p. 565].

Robert F. McNamara was born in 1910. He was ordained to the Catholic priesthood in 1936 in the Diocese of Rochester and served as a priest there for seventy years. He was a professor of Church History at St. Bernard's Seminary for over 40 years and wrote many books, articles, and pamphlets on Catholic Church History, including "The American College in Rome, 1855-1955," "A Century of Grace," and "The Diocese of Rochester, 1868-1968." Source: St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Rochester, New York:


1.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

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