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DePaul University Special Collections and Archives

The Berrigans and DePaul

The Berrigan Papers

DePaul University Special Collections and Archives is one of two major repositories that house personal papers that once belonged to members of the Berrigan family and other individuals involved with Christian peace activism. The other repository is Cornell University.

"Chronicles of the reformers: Library acquires archives of noted religious activists"

Article in The DePaulia about the dedication of the Berrigan papers to Special Collections and Archives in spring 2001.

As stewards of these materials, Special Collections and Archives staff preserve the archival papers for the purposes of research, education, and interpretation. The photographs, documents, and other materials featured in this exhibit are drawn from those collections.

The Berrigan Library

To complement the archival collections, DePaul University purchased books that once belonged to the Berrigan family from Loome Theological Booksellers in 1999 and 2004. These titles now comprise the Berrigan Library.

Gifting books to celebrate holidays and other occasions was a Berrigan family tradition. As a result, many of the title pages include a handwritten note of thanks or congratulations from friends and family.