The Donald Powell Papers 2 represent a portion of the personal papers of Catholic intellectual Donald Powell. Of principal interest is a long run of letters from well renown American painter and teacher Carl Schmitt to Powell, regarding their long friendship, their writings, philosophy, Catholic issues, world events, politics, and mutual aquaintances. A manuscript of Powell's "Bennett Mather" is preserved in tact in this part of his papers. Likewise, many short typed manuscripts by Powell appear among these materials.
The Donald Powell Papers 2 supplement the Donald Powell Papers 1 which are already archived in the Georgetown University Library Booth Family Center for Special Collections. Part 1 of the Donald Powell Papers contains significant correspondence between Powell and several noteworthy individuals, including Dorothy Day and Harry Sylvester.
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Carl Schmitt, a noted painter, author, and teacher, was born in Warren, Ohio on May 6, 1889. He studied at the National Academy of Design with Emil Carlsen. He also trained in Florence, Italy and Belgium. Schmitt's works include the Brady Memorial Chapel in Wernersville, Pennsylvania, the Pittsburgh Athletic Club, the Mamaroneck Theater, and the Shelburne (Vermont) Museum. His art has been exhibited at the Carnegie Institute and many galleries across the United States. Schmitt was a Roman Catholic, and he had an interest in social justice. He and his wife had 10 children.
[Sources: "Who Was Who in American Art." Ed. Peter Hastings Falk. Madison, CT: Sound View Press, 1985. "Who Was Who in American Art." Ed. Peter Hastings Falk. Madison, CT: Sound View Press, 1999. Also, clippings in Box 4 Folder 25 of the Donald Powell Papers: Part 2].
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Donald Thomas Powell was an American Catholic intellectual. He corresponded with prominent Catholics, such as Dorothy Day and Harry Sylvester. Donald Powell graduated from the Georgetown University Law School in 1920. He died in 1985.
2.5 Linear Feet (6 boxes)
Provenance: Gift of Ms. Kathleen Chiaruzzi, January 8, 2009. Processed by Scott S. Taylor, July 2010.
Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository