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Charles B. Broschart papers

Identifier: ML-004

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the typed manuscript for the book, Call Her Blessed, published by Society of St. Paul in 1961, and an additional 7 manuscripts of titles, legends, shrines, and sanctuaries of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Call Her Blessed and the additional unpublished stories in this collection were the result of twelve years of travel and research in which the author uncovered the origin and history of 1,000 titles held by the Blessed Virgin Mary, 78 of which are included in the published work. The stories are separated into eight 'books, organized by geographic location of the shrine, sanctuary, or monument to which the story relates. Some of the papers include an accompanying image, postcard, or photograph. Most of the stories are between 1-5 typewritten pages in length and include citations.

The collection also contains supplementary materials including translations of selections from L'Anno de Maria, a talk given on his research and writing process called Madonnas of the World: A Discourse on the Legends and Shrines of the Blessed Virgin, slides used during the talk, film negatives, and photographs and images corresponding to the stories in the manuscripts.


  • Creation: 1949-1977 inclusive, 1961-1976 bulk
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1961 - 1976



This collection is open and available to the public for research in the Marian Library 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 form the copyright owner or his or her heirs for any other use, such as reproduction and publication.

Biography of Charles B. Broschart

Charles B. Broschart was born August 12, 1898 in Dushore, Pennsylvania to parents George and Emma. He attended St. Basil's and Dushore High Schools. In 1921 he received a bachelor's in Electrical Engineering from Pennsylvania State College. On June 12, 1929 he married Anna G. McGovern. They had two children together; Margret Ann, born in 1930, and George born in 1934. From 1921-1929 Broschart worked as an engineer for General Electric in New York and Pennsylvania; from 1925-1929 he worked as an instructor at Drexel University. In 1929 he began work at the Bradley Company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, eventually being promoted to president in 1950.

He is the author of The Young Engineer (1953), Marian Shrines That You Yourself Can Make (1954), and Call Her Blessed (1961). Mr. Broschart passed away on January 3, 1989.


3 Linear Feet (6 document cases)

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This collection contains the original typed manuscript for the book Call Her Blessed, published in 1961. The collection also contains Mr. Broschart's research and unpublished manuscripts on nearly 1,000 additional titles of the Blessed Virgin Mary from around the world. Some stories are accompanied by an image of the shrine, sanctuary, or monument to which the title relates. The collection also includes supplementary research materials as well as visual materials including photographs, slides, and images.


The collection is arranged in eight manuscripts, numbered chronologically by the author and organized by geographical location. The eight manuscripts are followed by three accompanying manuscripts and one box of supplementary materials including photographs, slides, and negatives located at the end of the collection.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Charles B. Broschart between 1961 and 1977.


Some materials in this collection have been published in the book Call Her Blessed, Society of St. Paul (1961). University of Dayton call number: BT670.T5 B76 1961.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Jillian Slater in 2011.

Guide to the Charles B. Broschart papers, 1949-1977
Jillian Slater
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Repository Details

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