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Mary Ellen Evans papers

Identifier: GTM-970617

Content Description

Evans' notes and transcriptions of letters and diaries of Mary Virginia Merrick (1886-1955), founder of the Christ Child Society (1887). Includes incomplete typed manuscript of biography on Merrick by Evans (unpublished).


  • circa 1866-1961

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Biographical / Historical

Mary Ellen Evans was born in 1912 in Dubuque, Iowa. She attended the State University of Iowa, Columbia University, and the Catholic University of America. Evans was an editor and writer affiliated with publishers P. J. Kenedy and the Oxford University Press. She was a Dominican tertiary; as well as member of the Catholic International Council and the North American Liturgical Conference. She spent many years in New York, before moving back to Dubuque where she resided until the end of her life, in 2000.

(Source: University of Iowa Libraries Guide to the Mary Ellen Evans collection.)


1.05 Linear Feet (5 Hollinger Slim Document Cases)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mary Ellen Evans, March 1997.

Related Materials

Related materials in other collections at the Booth Family Center for Special Collections --

1. Miscellaneous Manuscripts collection 1, GTMGamms345, Box 6, Folder 17 -- Evans, Mary Ellen. Typed manuscript: "The Eager Soul: A Documentary Biography of Mary Virginia Merrick (1866-1955)" Baltimore: Helicon Press, 1971. Never published. Gift of Miss Evans.

2. John L. Brown papers 4, GTMGamms353, Box 15, Folder 10 -- Typed letter signed by Mary Ellen Evans to John L. Brown, dated 1977.

Other repositories --

- Mary Ellen Evans collection, University of Iowa Libraries. URL:

- Re Mary V. Merrick: Christ Child Society records, Catholic University Libraries. URL:

Mary Ellen Evans papers
Lisette Matano, Georgetown University Library Booth Family Center for Special Collections, Washington, D.C.
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