Guide to the Daniel and Philip Berrigan Collection,
1880-1995

Collection Number: 4602

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library

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Cornell University
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Compiled by:
D. Randolph
P. McCray
staff
Date completed:
Additions Jan. 1996
Sep. 1997
EAD encoding:
Mireille Lee, August 2000
Date modified:
Jude Corina, December 2015

© 2000 Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Daniel and Philip Berrigan Collection, 1880-1995
Collection Number:
4602
Creator:
Daniel Berrigan.
Creator:
Philip Berrigan.
Quantity:
207 cubic ft.
Forms of Material:
Correspondence, legal documents, manuscripts of poetry and prose writings, notes for talks, periodical articles, newspaper clippings, photographs, broadsides, tape recordings, videocassettes, microfilms.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Personal papers and ephemeral publications by and about Daniel and Philip Berrigan.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

The brothers Daniel Berrigan (born 1921) and Philip Berrigan (born 1923) have both been prominent in resistance to racial segregation, to U.S. involvement in the Vietnam war, and to the production of nuclear weapons. Philip Berrigan, a former Josephite priest, and Daniel, a Jesuit priest, poet, playwright, and teacher, are both lecturers and civil disobedience activists.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Personal papers and ephemeral publications by and about Daniel and Philip Berrigan, including correspondence, legal documents, manuscripts of poetry and prose writings, notes for talks, periodical arcticles, newspaper clippings, photographs, broadsides, tape recordings, videocassettes, and microfilms. The greater part of the collection consists of papers dated after 1960 and contains much on the Catonsville Nine, the Harrisburg Seven, and the Plowshares Eight. Earlier material includes some Berrigan family history. The collection is supplemented by published books by and about the Berrigans. Also twelve letters of correspondence with Ross Labrie.
Also a broadside from the "America is Hard to Find" weekend, April 17-19, 1970; and a videocassette "America is Hard to Find," - Spring 1970. Video: "The Trial of the Catonsville Nine," screenplay by Daniel Berrigan and Saul Levitt ; produced by Gregory Peck ; directed by Gordon Davidson, ca. 1988; and poster from the Actors' Gang/Office of the Americas (OOA) staged reading of "The Trial of the Catonsville Nine," August 18, 2007.

SUBJECTS

Names:
Berrigan, Daniel.
Berrigan, Philip.
Berrigan, Jerome C.
Labrie, Ross.
McAlister, Elizabeth.

Subjects:
Antinuclear movement.
Catonsville Nine -- Trials, litigation, etc..
Catholic Church --Political participation.
Civil rights movements.
Harrisburg Seven (Trial).
Modernism (Christian theology)--Catholic Church.
Peace movements.
Plowshares Eight (Group).
Protest poetry, American.
Political activists.
Political culture.
Political plays.
Political poetry, American.
Politics in literature.
Radical theory.
Radicalism--United States.
Religion and politics--United States.
Social justice.
Student movements.
Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975--Protest movements.
Trial of the Catonsville Nine.

Form and Genre Terms:
Photographs.
Videotapes.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Restrictions on Use:
Daniel Berrigan retains literary rights.
Philip Berrigan does not retain literary rights.
Cite As:
Daniel and Philip Berrigan Collection, #4602. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

COLLECTION ARRANGEMENT

The collection comprises two series. Series A is documented to item level; please refer to the card catalogue or contact a Reference librarian. Series B comprises later accessions. Within Series B, only boxes B98 and B99 are described to folder or item level.

SERIES LIST

Series I
Boxes 1-58
Boxes 59-66
Boxes 67-79
Boxes 80-87
Boxes 88-100
Boxes 101-106
Boxes 107-147
Boxes 148-152
Box 153
Boxes 154-189
Boxes 190-196
Boxes 197-217
Boxes 218-221
Boxes 222-232
Boxes 233-257
Boxes 258-261
Boxes 262A, 262B
Series II
Boxes B1-B22, B60-B63, B76, B80, B92, B99
Boxes B10, B23-B60, B63, B77-B79, B81-B85, B89-B90
Boxes B48, B60, B64-B65, B87
Boxes B67-B73
Boxes B98
Boxes B66, B74-B75, B88
Mapcases
DVD-120, V-209, V-815
Series III
Bd. Ms. 1-12

CONTAINER LIST

Date
Description
Container
A-Am
Box 1
An-Bl
Box 2
Bo-Boq
Box 3
Born-Christd
Box 4
Christe-Conr
Box 5
Cons-Coursd
Box 6
Course Materials
Box 7-11
Dar-Daz
Box 12
Db-Em
Box 13
Discipline of the Mountain
Box 14
En-Fak
Box 15
Fal-Foq
Box 16
For-Fq
Box 17
Fr-Hn
Box 18
Ho-I L
Box 19
I M-Interu
Box 20
Interv-Jn
Box 21
K-Let
Box 22
Leu-Lig
Box 23
Lights II
Box 24
Lih-Love
Box 25
Love-Med
Box 26
Mee-Mi
Box 27
Mj-Ne
Box 28
Nf-Nn
Box 29
No
Box 30
No-[Notes] Interracial, parts 1-16
Box 31
[Notes] Interracial, parts 17-34-On
Box 32
On-[Notes] Retreat
Box 33
[Notes] Retreat-[Notes for sermons]
Box 34
[Notes for sermons]
Box 35
[Notes for talks]
Box 35-38
Nov-O
Box 39
P-Poe
Box 40
Pof-Prison Poems [Version "A"]
Box 41
Prison Poems [Version "B"]-Q
Box 42
Contains annotated manuscript of "The Prison Letters of Cain"
R-Ref
Box 43
Reg-Saint R
Box 44
Saint S-Sele (I)
Box 45
Sele (II)-Selz
Box 46
Sem-Som
Box 47
Son-Std
Box 48
Ten Commandments
Box 49
Ste-They Call Us Dead Men [Version "A"]
Box 50
They Call Us Dead Men [Version "B"]-Th
Box 51
Ti-Tria
Box 52
Trial
Box 53-55
Trib-U
Box 56
V-Wi
Box 57
Wk-Z
Box 58
A-Leaf
Box 59
Leag-[Notes for talks]
Box 60
[Notes for talks]
Box 61
[Notes for talks]-Prh
Box 62
Pri-A Punishment for Peace, Chapter II
Box 63
A Punishment for Peace, Chapter III-R
Box 64
S-Wh
Box 65
Wi-Z
Box 66
Berrigan, E.
Box 67
Berrigan, F.
Box 68
Buchman, Harold - Legal Files
Box 69-72
Co-E
Box 73
F
Box 74
G-K
Box 75
L-Mim
Box 76
Min-S
Box 77
T-Wa
Box 78
Wb-Z
Box 79
A-Berrigan, Daniel
Box 80
Berrigan, Daniel
Box 81-83
Transcripts of the trial of the Catonsville Nine appear in box 81 and 82.
Berrigan, Philip-L
Box 84
M-R
Box 85
S
Box 86
T-Z
Box 87
Letters to Family, 1939-1977
Box 88
undated, 1939-1964
Box 89
1965-1967
Box 90
1968-May 1969
Box 91
Jun. 1969-Jan. 1971
Box 92
Feb. 1971-Aug. 1972
Box 93
Sep.-Dec. 1972
Box 94
Jan.-Oct. 1973
Box 95
Nov. 1973-Dec. 1975
Box 96
Jan. 1976-Dec. 1977
Box 97
Jan. 1978-Aug. 1978
Box 98
Sep. 1978-Dec. 1979
Box 99
Jan. 1980-Dec. 1980
Box 100
1943-1966
Box 101
1967-Aug. 1969
Box 102
Sep. 1969-Dec. 1971
Box 103
1972
Box 104
1973-1974
Box 105
1975-1984
Box 106
A-Andersr
Box 107
Anderss-Bat
Box 108
Bartelme, Elizabeth
Box 109
Bauer-Berrigan, Carol
Box 110
Berrigan, Carol Natalie-Berrigan, Elizabeth
Box 111
Berrigan, Elizabeth-Berrigan, Freda
Box 112
Berrigan, Frida-Berrigan, Jerome 1943-1973
Box 113
Berrigan, Jerome 1974-1978-Berrigan, J.Z.
Box 114
Berrigan, K.-Bri
Box 115
Brj-Bur
Box 116
Bus-Carf
Box 117
Carg-Coq
Box 118
Cor-Corn
Box 119
Coro-Cz
Box 120
D-Dd
Box 121
De-Dowc
Box 122
Dowd-Fink
Box 123
Finl-Foq
Box 124
For-Forest, James, 1972
Box 125
Forest, James, 1973-1974
Box 126
Forest, James, May 1975-Ge
Box 127
Gf-Gl
Box 128
Gm-Heh
Box 129
Hei-Hols
Box 130
Holt-Kens
Box 131
Kent-Lamb, Jn
Box 132
Lamb, Jo-Li
Box 133
Lj-MacF
Box 134
MacG-Mayer, E.
Box 135
Mayer, F.-Meyer, Karl, 1962
Box 136
Meyer, Karl, 1963-Net
Box 137
New-Pe
Box 138
Pf-Rik
Box 139
Ril-Sam
Box 140
San-Sn
Box 141
So-Sz
Box 142
T-Tx
Box 143
Ty-Walsh, S.
Box 144
Walsh, T.-Waz
Box 145
Wb-Wilk
Box 146
Will-Z
Box 147
1954-1965
Box 148
1965-1967
Box 149
1967-May 1972
Box 150
Jun. 1972-Dec. 1973
Box 151
1974-1976
Box 152
1950-1976
Box 153
1935-1964
Box 154
1965
Box 155
Jan.-Aug. 1966
Box 156
Sep. 1966-Jan. 1967
Box 157
Feb.-Dec. 1967
Box 158
Jan.-Mar. 1968
Box 159
Apr.-Aug. 1968
Box 160
Sep.-Dec. 1968
Box 161
1969
Box 162
Jan.-Sep. 1970
Box 163
Oct. 1970-Dec. 1971
Box 164
Jan.-Feb. 1972
Box 165
Mar.-Jun. 1972
Box 166
Jun.-Dec. 1972
Box 167
Jan.-Jun. 1973
Box 168
Jul.-Dec. 1973
Box 169
Jan.-Sep. 1974
Box 170
Oct. 1974-Jun. 1975
Box 171
Jul. 1975-Feb. 1976
Box 172
Mar.-May 1976
Box 173
Jun.-Sep. 1976
Box 174
Oct.-Dec. 1976
Box 175
Jan.-Mar. 1977
Box 176
Mar.-May 1977
Box 177
Jun.-Aug. 1977
Box 178
Aug.-Sep. 1977
Box 179
Oct.-Dec. 1977
Box 180
Jan.-Feb. 1978
Box 181
Mar.-Apr. 1978
Box 182
May-Jul. 1978
Box 183
Aug.-Sep. 1978
Box 184
Oct.-Nov. 1978
Box 185
Dec. 1978-Feb. 1979
Box 186
Mar.-May 1979
Box 187
Jun.-Aug. 1979
Box 188
Dec. 1979-Mar. 1980
Box 189
Sep.-Nov. 1979
Box 190
Jan.-Mar. 1980
Box 191
May 1978 [uncatalogued]
Box 192
Jun. 1978 [uncatalogued]
Box 193
Jul. 1978 [uncatalogued]
Box 194
Aug. 1978 [uncatalogued]
Box 195
Sep.-Dec. 1978 [uncatalogued]
Box 196
A-Be
Box 197
Bf-Com
Box 198
Con-D
Box 199
E-Fn
Box 200
Fo-Gq
Box 201
Gr-Hz
Box 202
I-K
Box 203
L-Letter to J
Box 204
Letter to K-Lh
Box 205
Li-Mn
Box 206
Mo-Nn
Box 207
No-On
Box 208
Oo-Pn
Box 209
Po-Q
Box 210
R
Box 211
Sa-Ss
Box 212
St-Th
Box 213
Ti-Trd
Box 214
Tre-Trial
Box 215
Trial-Tz
Box 216
U-Z
Box 217
A-I
Box 218
J-O
Box 219
P-Ss
Box 220
St-Z
Box 221
A-Be
Box 222
Bf-Cor
Box 223
Cos-E
Box 224
F-Gq
Box 225
Gr-I
Box 226
J-L
Box 227
M-O
Box 228
P-S
Box 229
T-V
Box 230
W-Year
Box 231
Year-Z
Box 232
Undated, pre-1952-1963
Box 233
1964-1966
Box 234
1967-1968
Box 235
1969
Box 236
1970
Box 237
1971
Box 238
1972
Box 239
1973
Box 240
1974-1976
Box 241
1977
Box 242
1978-1979
Box 243
Daniel Berrigan [file folders]
Box 244-245
Philip Francis Berrigan [file folders]
Box 246-257
Harrisburg Defense Files
Box 258-261
Photographs
Box 262A, 262B
I. Berrigan Family (in alphabetical order)
II. Other Individuals
III. Mission Individuals
IV. Trial of the Catonsville Nine
1979
Box B1
Jan. 1980 - Aug. 1980
Box B2
Jan. 1981 - Jun. 1981
Box B3
1981
Box B4
Carbray Gift
Jul. 1981 - Mar 1982
Box B5
Sept. 1982 - Dec 1983
Box B6
1982, 1984
Box B7
1983 - 1985
Box B8
Apr 1982 - Apr 1984
Box B9
1984
Box B10
Marion Howe Gift
1984 - 1985
Box B11
1985 - 1986
Box B12
1986
Box B13
1986
Box B14
1987
Box B15
Sept. 1987 - Aug. 1988
Box B16
1988
Box B17
1988
Box B18
1988 - 1989
Box B19
1988 - 1989
Box B20
1989 - 1990
Box B21
1990 - 1991
Box B22
1992
Box B60
Tapes
Box B61
Tapes, Records, Manuscripts
Box B62
Tapes, John Deedy Gift, C-9 Film
Box B63
1991 - 1992
Box B76
1992 - 1993
Box B80
Correspondence, Poetry, Diaries
Box B92
Photograph album including photographs of festivities and attendees of Daniel Berrigan 75th Birthday Celebration, 1996
Box B99
1986
Box B10
1979 - 1980
Box B23-B24
1980 - 1981
Box B25-B26
1981
Box B27-B28
1981
Box B29
Ploughshares Material
1981
Box B30
1981 - 1982
Box B31
1982
Box B32-B33
1982 - 1983
Box B34
1983
Box B35-B38
1984
Box B39-B42
1984 - 1985
Box B43-B44
1985
Box B45-B46
1985 - 1986
Box B47
1986
Box B48-B50
1988
Box B51-B52
1988 - 1989
Box B53
1989
Box B54
1989 - 1990
Box B55
1990
Box B56-B57
1991
Box B58-B60
Engraved Photographs
Box B63
1991 - 1992
Box B77-B79
Philip Berrigan, Elizabeth Mcalister
1992 - 1994
Box B81-B85
Philip Berrigan, Elizabeth Mcalister
1994
Box B89-B90
1986
Box B48
1992
Box B60
1980 - North Vietnam Photographs, Berriganiana
Box B64
Files
Box B65
Miscellaneous Printed Items and Ephemera
Box B87
Harrisburg 7 Defense Files
Box B67-73
John Dear, Jim Tyler, Oct. 1996
Box B98 Folder 1
Folders marked "Answered" consist of personal, family, and pastoral letters; requests to appear, announcements, clippings, fliers; most letters first name-signed only
Phil Berrigan, John Dear, Oct. 1996
Box B98 Folder 2
Phil Berrigan, Ramsey Clark, Nov. 1996
Box B98 Folder 3
Jerome Berrigan, Nov. 1996
Box B98 Folder 4
Plowshares broadsides, and others, Dec. 1996
Box B98 Folder 5
John Dear, Steve Kelly; Orbis Books; broadsides, Dec. 1996
Box B98 Folder 6
John Dear, Phil Berrigan, William Sloane Coffin, Jerome Berrigan, Steve Kelly; Orbis Books, Dec. 1996
Box B98 Folder 7
Steve Kelly, William Sloane Coffin, Phil Berrigan; Trinity site exorcism, Jan. 1997
Box B98 Folder 8
Phil Berrigan, Jerome Berrigan, Steve Kelly, John Dear, Jan. 1997
Box B98 Folder 9
Phil Berrigan; Isaiah, Feb. 1997
Box B98 Folder 10
Phil Berrigan, Feb. 1997
Box B98 Folder 11
Schuyler Rhodes, John Dear, Mar. 1997
Box B98 Folder 12
Phil Berrigan, Mar. 1997
Box B98 Folder 13
Phil Berrigan, Jerome Berrigan, Liz McAllister, Mar. 1997
Box B98 Folder 14
Phil Berrigan, Jerome Berrigan, Liz McAllister, Apr. 1997
Box B98 Folder 15
Liz McAllister, Steve Kelly, Phil Berrigan, Jerome Berrigan, Apr. 1997
Box B98 Folder 16
Steve Kelly, Apr. 1997
Box B98 Folder 17
Phil Berrigan, Liz McAllister; Berrigan papers, May 1997
Box B98 Folder 18
William Stringfellow, May 1997
Box B98 Folder 19
Jerome Berrigan, Phil Berrigan, Liz McAllister, Kate (Berrigan?), Jun. 1997
Box B98 Folder 20
Phil Berrigan, Jun. 1997
Box B98 Folder 21
Jerome Berrigan, Phil Berrigan, Liz McAllister; Orbis Books, Pastoral Musicians, Jul. 1997
Box B98 Folder 22
Jul. 1997
Box B98 Folder 23
John Dear, Marian Howe, Jul. 1997
Box B98 Folder 24
Aug. 1997
Box B98 Folder 25
Phil Berrigan; Kalamazoo nephew; Berrigan papers, Aug. 1997
Box B98 Folder 26
Phil Berrigan, John Dear; Orbis Books, Aug. 1997
Box B98 Folder 27
Plowshares, Sep. 1997
Box B98 Folder 28
Liz McAllister, Phil Berrigan, Steve Kelly; Plowshares, Sep. 1997
Box B98 Folder 29
Sep. 1997
Box B98 Folder 30
Jim Forest, Jerome Berrigan, Sept. 1997
Box B98 Folder 31
John Dear; US vs. Philip Berrigan, Oct. 1997
Box B98 Folder 32
Jerome Berrigan, Oct. 1997
Box B98 Folder 33
1970s - 1980s - Miscellaneous Backlog
Box B66
Rosemary Bannan Gift
Box B74
Kairos Gift
Box B75
Mcvey Files
Box B88
Frederic M. O'Connor, S.J. Material Correspondence, clippings, photocopies, and other material, c. 1964-70
Box B98 Folder 34-35
"Identity Crisis and Monastic Vocation" by Thomas Merton, annotated by Daniel Berrigan; other Merton material, 1964
Box B98 Folder 36
Isaiah typescript; poems, n.d.
Box B98 Folder 37
Oversize Material
Mapcase AA-14
America is Hard to Find Poster
Mapcase II-7
Investigation of a Flame
Box B61 DVD-120
The Trial of the Catonsville Nine
Box B61 V-209
1970
America is Hard to Find
Box B61 V-815
Purgatorio
Bd. Ms. 1
Mass market paper back, Oxford University Press edition of the work of Dante Alighieri, title page and some other pages removed, personal copy of Philip Berrigan, with pencilled annotations. Book has been removed from binding and individual sections bound with tape.
Demonstration photo album
Bd. Ms. 2 +
Album of photographs of Philip Berrigan and other people at several sites; no dates given; photographer/s unknown; various signs and banners displayed; some photos depict interactions with police. There is also a work of graphic art by George Knowlton.
Prison and the Christian Resister: The Letters and Journals from Prison of Daniel and Philip Berrigan
Bd. Ms. 3 +
M.A. Thesis SUNY Buffalo, pertains to the lives and activities, prior to 1976, of Daniel and Philip Berrigan, Catholic priests active in peace and social justice causes by Sara J. McLaughlin.
Religion and radicalism: the American "Catholic Left" as a social movement
Bd. Ms. 4 +
PhD dissertation prepared at Columbia University by Charles A. Meconis. Found (with papers from Daniel Berrigan of early 1981) in a box labelled (by Meconis?) "to Prof. Gilllian Lindt from: Charles A. Meconis PhD. (Cand.) re: Defense copy of dissertation." With the dissertation were found typed and handwritten comments by Elizabeth (McAlister) Berrigan, Philip Francis Berrigan, and Daniel Berrigan; these have been removed and separately cataloged under Berrigan, Elizabeth (McAlister). The title page was lacking, and Philip Berrigan's comments were written on the copyright page; therefore, the dissertation has been bound with replacement title page and copyright page. Cf. the book (N.Y.: Seabury 1979) by Charles A. Meconis, With clumsy grace: the American Catholic left, 1961-1975.
[Unused numbers]
Bd. Ms. 5 & 6
The Petrean
Bd. Ms. 7 + v.1-3
Yearbook of St. Peter's Preparatory School, Jersey City, New Jersey, 1947-1949.
Blue Book, 1957
Bd. Ms. 8 +
Yearbook of Brooklyn Preparatory School, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Pity the nation..
Bd. Ms. 9 +
This is a bound script of a drama about a 1969 trial in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The author has signed the manuscript with a note to Daniel Berrigan, by James Sage.
Daniel Berrigan, S.J.: A bibliography of criticism, with an introductory essay on his critical reputation
Bd. Ms. 10 +
MA thesis prepared at the University of Maryland by Carol Ann Rittner. Thesis is concerned with interpretation and critical reception of Daniel Berrigan's published works.
Daniel Berrigan scrapbook
Bd. Ms. 11 ++
Scrapbook contains newspaper clippings, photos, programs, and writings assembled by Daniel Berrigan in his youth. There is material about various Berrigan family members: John Berrigan, Jerome Berrigan, Edmund Berrigan, Agnes Berrigan, etc. There are early writings by Daniel Berrigan and a poem by John Berrigan. Selection of clippings prefigures some of Daniel Berrigan's adult interests in civil rights and resistance to civil authority when in conflict with religious idealism.
Daniel Berrigan poetry
Bd. Ms. 12 +
Consists of a collection of Daniel Berrigan's poetic works, copied and bound together.
OTHER GUIDES TO THE COLLECTION

A card catalogue is available providing item-level description of Series A of the collection.