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Walter W. Curtis papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: ADN 0003-006
The Walter W. Curtis papers primarily consist of Bishop Curtis' day-by-day reports on the proceedings of the Second Vatican Council from 1962-1965. Bishop Curtis took notes on what was discussed during council sessions, which bishops spoke and what each spoke about, and also offered some commentary on his view of the discussions. The accounts cover all major points of discussion during the council and Bishop Curtis included his perspective on many issues as part of his notes, which were sent regularly back to the Diocese of Bridgeport as well as to other friends and colleagues.

Also included in the collection are two folders of material written by Bishop Curtis regarding the issue of birth control. These materials are undated.

Dates

  • 1963-1965

Conditions Governing Access

Temporarily closed to research.

Conditions Governing Use

All materials available in this collection (unless otherwise noted) are the property of the Monsignor William Noé Field Archives & Special Collections Center and Seton Hall University, which reserves the right to limit access to or reproduction of these materials. Reproduction of materials or content is subject to United States copyright restrictions and may be subject to federal or state privacy regulations. Permission to publish exact reproductions must be obtained from the Director of the Archives and Special Collections Center.

Extent

0.21 Linear Feet (1 container)

Overview

Walter William Curtis was born on 3 May 1913 in Jersey City, New Jersey. He attended Seton Hall University and Immaculate Conception Seminary, was ordained in 1937, became a professor of moral theology at Immaculate Conception, and was appointed Bishop of Bridgeport (N.Y.) in 1961. Bishop Curtis attended all sessions of the Second Vatican Council in Rome. The Walter W. Curtis papers primarily consist of Bishop Curtis' day-by-day reports on the proceedings of the Second Vatican Council from 1962-1965, which include notes on all major points of discussion during the council and includes Bishop Curtis' perspective on many of these issues. Also included in the collection are two folders of material written by Bishop Curtis regarding the issue of birth control.

Biographical / Historical

Walter William Curtis was born on 3 May 1913 in Jersey City, New Jersey. He attended Seton Hall University, graduating in 1934, and then attended Immaculate Conception Seminary. He was ordained in 1937, and went on to study at the Pontifical North American College and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He became a professor of moral theology at Immaculate Conception and an auxilliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Newark from 1957-1961, before becoming Bishop of Bridgeport (N.Y.) in 1961. Bishop Curtis attended all sessions of the Second Vatican Council in Rome. He retired in 1988 and passed away on 18 October 1997 at the age of 84.

Arrangement

Second Vatican Council day-by-day materials are arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials were transferred to the Archives and Special Collections Center from the Archdiocese of Newark. Terms of accession unknown.

Related Materials

Mrs. Frank Whitrock scrapbooks on the Second Vatican Council, 1958-1965, ADN 0065, in the Monsignor Noé Field Archives & Special Collections Center, Walsh Library, Seton Hall University.

Processing Information

Collection was processed by the Archives and Special Collections Center. Finding aid created by Tracy M. Jackson and Ben Clark, 2012.
Title
Walter W. Curtis papers, 1963-1965
Author
Tracy M. Jackson
Date
2012
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the The Monsignor Field Archives & Special Collection Center Repository

Contact:
Archives, Walsh Library
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South Orange NJ 07079 US
973-761-9476