The Leo and Jane Codd Papers comprise three boxes (1.5 linear feet) of material which includes correspondence to the Codds, photos, and books. Correspondence, manuscripts, and related material is arranged alphabetically within the collection. The Codds lived in the Georgetown area of Washington, D.C., and enjoyed travelling, especially to Ireland. Much of their correspondence from friends and acquaintances refers to their trips to Ireland or to their hospitality and cordiality when guests visited them in Washington.
Letters from Major General J.F.C. Fuller (6 ALS) and General Douglas MacArthur (1 TLS) to Leo Codd are the most valuable military correspondence. Fuller's letters are particularly illuminating as he offers frank observations on the League of Nations, Germany's military build-up and the mood in London in the 1930s. He also refers to his writing, such as Decisive Battles of the Western World. MacArthur's modest appraisal of his own work and his assertion that "solutions to national defense problems are not evolved or made effective without the earnest and able cooperation of thousands of individuals, both in governmental service and in civilian life" [TLS, December 26, 1933] is also illuminating. Hilaire Belloc's manuscript for a lecture he gave at the Army-Navy Club may also be of interest to military researchers.
Letters from Hilaire Belloc (5 ALS, 2 TLS), Katherine Bregy, Monsignor Hugh Blunt, Reverend Patrick Carroll, C.S.C., and Sister Miriam may be of interest to those researching Catholic authors, especially Catholic poets. These correspondents, and others in the collection, occasionally refer to work in progress, the "Gallery of Living Catholic Authors," or "The Ave Maria." Those researchers interested in Belloc's life are also encouraged to look at the correspondence from his daughter, Mrs. Eleanor Jebb, or at the manuscript notes for his "Phenomenon" lecture contained in this collection.
Those interested in Georgetown University may wish to look at correspondence from Edward Bunn, S.J., a past President of the University and a close friend of the Codds. Leo Codd served as head of the Georgetown Alumni Association for many years and was selected as a recipient of the John Carroll Award in 1962 for exemplary service to the University. This award is in the collection, as are other personal items such as Codd's manuscripts for various speeches he gave. These manuscripts show Codd's early interest in Jesuit education as well as his eloquence as a speaker who won several debates. Gertrude Jane Codd's diary account of their trip to Ireland and a copy of her published book of poetry, The Golden Flame, show her aptitude as a writer and poet.
Although some photos of Hilaire Belloc may be found with in the correspondence section of the collection, most of the photos are in two folders following the correspondence. One of the most interesting photos is of John C. Garand, inventor of the M1 rifle. The photos precede books by Leod Codd, Major General Fuller, and Reverend Patrick Carroll, C.S.C., an Irish author. The books are all contained in the third box of the collection
Throughout the collection, one gains a sense of the Codds' Catholic belief and Irish hospitality. Hilaire Belloc expressed his thanks to them in the following words:
"It would be impossible to be kinder than you and Major[sic] Codd were to me." (4 April 1937)
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Colonel Leo A. Codd was born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1896 and lived in Washington, D.C. until his death on September 4, 1971. He graduated from Loyola College, where he excelled in debating, and then earned three degrees from Georgetown University: a law degree in 1922, a master's in 1923, and a graduate law degree in 1923. After graduating, he joined the American Ordnance Association, the "only civilian-military society in our country dedicated to industrial preparedness." [Henry J. Wallace, President of the American Ordnance Association]. He retired as Executive Vice President of the Association in 1963. Jane Codd directed her energies to a slightly different channel - she wrote poetry, especially devotional poetry, and held positions in Washington's Catholic Poetry Society. The most fascinating correspondence in this collection is from the two diverse areas of military affairs and poetry.
0.80 Linear Feet (2 Hollinger Document Cases)
Bequest of Gertrude Jane Codd, January 1983.
Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository