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Roman Catholic Modernism Group records

Identifier: CSC-041

Scope and Contents

The Roman Catholic Modernism Group records contain the papers that its members presented at the American Academy of Religion's Annual Meeting from 1977 to 1993. It also includes applications and correspondence related to the Working Group's attempts to change its organizational status with the AAR. One folder contains 1984-1999 correspondence to and from George Gilman, a leader of the Working Group.


  • 1977-2002

Language of Materials

The majority of the materials are written in English, but a few items of correspondence are written in French.

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open and available to the public for research in the U.S. Catholic Special Collections reading room. The materials are non-circulating.

Copyright Notice

The materials in this collection may be protected by copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). The materials are available for personal, educational, and scholarly use. It is the responsibility of the researcher to locate and obtain permission from the copyright owner or his or her heirs for any other use, such as reproduction and publication.

Historical Note

The Roman Catholic Modernism Group (RCMG) was created in 1976 as an official group of the American Academy of Religion (AAR). The Working Group sought to provide support to scholars who studied the Modernist crisis in the Roman Catholic Church in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The RCMG was originally given the designation of a Consultation in 1976, but by 1979, it became a Group. The RCMG continued in this form until 1994, when the AAR changed its status to a Seminar and gave it a five-year period to conclude its business.


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This collections contains the records of the Roman Catholic Modernism Group of the American Academy of Religion. It includes conference papers, applications, and correspondence.


The collection is arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated to the University Libraries by Professor Elizabeth McGeown of Georgetown University. She acquired most of the records from Professor George Gilmore of Spring Hill College.

Guide to the Roman Catholic Modernism Group records
Under Revision
Stephanie Shreffler
June 2019
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Repository Details

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