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Bernard Wall Papers

Identifier: GTM-101201

Scope and contents note

The Bernard Wall Papers highlight the life and career of Bernard Wall (1908-1974), a noted English Catholic intellectual. The collection contains a small run of photocopied letters from David Jones to Bernard Wall. Also, there is a large amount of correspondence from Bernard Wall to his parents dated 1916 to 1932 and to his wife Barbara Wall dated 1935 to 1973.

Many autograph manuscripts and typed manuscripts by Bernard Wall are present in this archive. Parts of his diary are retained. Most of the articles by Wall concern Italian culture. Wall's lengthy manuscripts for two books entitled, "Aspects of Italian Civilisation" and "The Closed Circle" are preserved in his papers. About 30 photographs are also found in this collection. Rounding out the collection is a wide array of printed materials by Wall, dated 1931 to 1981, on Catholic topics.

The Bernard Wall Papers are arranged into 7 boxes. They amount to 4.0 linear feet.


  • 1916 - 1981
  • Majority of material found within 1923 - 1972

Conditions governing access note

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.

Biographical note

English Catholic intellectual Bernard Wall (1908-1974) was born on December 16, 1908. Educated at Stonyhurst in England and Fribourg University in Switzerland, he became involved with the Catholic Worker movement. Wall met and married Barbara Lucas, with whom he founded the "Catholic Worker" newspaper. Bernard Wall wrote widely on a number of Catholic philosophic and religious topics. In 1934, Wall established a review, "Colosseum," which did not survive World War II. After the war, he started another review, "The Changing World," which lasted until 1949. Bernard Wall authored many books, including "Spain of the Spaniards" (1937), "European Notebook" (1939), "These Changing Years" (1947), "Italy: Life and Landscape" (1950), "Alessandro Manzoni" (1954), "A City and a World" (1962), and an autobiography "Headlong Into Change" (1969). Bernard Wall died on May 2, 1974.

[Sources: "Catholic Authors: Contemporary Biographical Sketches." Ed. Matthew Hoehn, O.S.B., B.L.S. Newark, N.J.: St. Mary's Abbey, 1952. Also, "The Author's and Writer's Who's Who." Darien, CT: Hafner, 1971.]


4 Linear Feet (7 boxes)

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Custodial history note

Gift of Bernardina Chambers, December 2010.

Bernard Wall Papers
Scott S. Taylor. Georgetown University Library Booth Family Center for Special Collections.
2011 May
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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

Lauinger Library, 5th Floor
37th and O Streets, N.W.
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