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Mary Manse College Collection - MS 27

Introduction | Agency History | Record Groups | Series Description | Inventory

 Introduction

The records of Mary Manse College, a Catholic educational institution for women, span the period from 1922-1975. The collection documents the college's creation and growth, the effects of changing social values and church directives, and fluctuations in the economy. Administrative records, correspondence, subject files, literary productions, legal and financial documents, scrapbooks, printed material, and audio-visual materials provide information on the activities of and at Mary Manse College.

The collection also includes records related to the Catholic University of Peking, which was connected to Mary Manse through a former administrator and educator, Monsignor George Barry O'Toole, Rector of the University. The papers of Edward Mohler, a member of the Mary Manse faculty since the college's foundation, are also contained in the collection. These consist primarily of his numerous contributions to Catholic publications, but include a scrapbook and several photographs.

The collection was donated to the Center for Archival Collections in May 1976. The collection is open to those researchers who have written approval of the Superior General of the Ursuline Sisters of Toledo, Ohio. This policy will be in effect until July 1, 2003, at which time the collection will be open with no restrictions. This finding aid was prepared by Susan Irwin during the summer of 1992.

 Agency History

Mary Manse College (MMC) was founded in 1922 at the request of Bishop Samuel Stritch (later Cardinal Stritch). That year, Bishop Stritch approached Mother Scholastica of the Ursuline Order with a request that the Ursulines establish a college for the Catholic young women of the diocese of Toledo. At seventy years, the Ursulines were the oldest teaching order in the diocese; the group's history reflected over three centuries of accomplishment in Catholic higher education. Mary Manse opened in September 1922 with three buildings and thirty students.

Our Lady's, Mount Carmel, and Immaculate Halls constituted the original campus. Brescia Hall was opened in 1924, and Urban hall was added in 1926. Lourdes Hall was purchased by the college in 1943 and served as a residence hall. By 1947, the school served over two hundred students and boasted a library of over 21,000 volumes, as well as an art studio on Parkwood Avenue.

The school operated under the charter given the Ursulines by the State of Ohio in 1873 jointly with St. John's University conducted by the Jesuits, and the president of St. John's served as acting president of Mary Manse. Mary Manse came to be known as the Women's College of St. John's University as a result of this alliance, and collaboration between the two institutions provided social, intellectual, and cultural experiences for the students of both institutions. MMC was recognized in 1926 as a degree-granting institution by the State of Ohio Department of Education, and was accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools in 1934. Mary Manse assumed responsibility for Teacher training programs in the diocese in 1941. The college offered degrees in arts and sciences, music, medical technology, and nursing education. An accelerated program during World War II offered degrees in three years, and an adult education program was begun in 1951. Mary Manse was administered by the Ursulines until July 1974, when William E. Salesses was chosen as the first layman to serve as president.

The college's steady growth over the decades was highlighted by the renovation of the former Epworth Methodist Church into Mary Manse College Memorial Library and the expansion of Lourdes dormitory in the late 1960s. In 1971, the college went coeducational, and in 1972 administrators revised the academic calendar from the traditional semester sequence to a "3-3 plan," which allowed for a class load of three courses for each of 3 eleven-week terms. Economic recession in the 1970s, however, plagued the small college, and it declared bankruptcy in 1975.

 Record Groups

OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

DEAN OF ACADEMIC AFFAIRS

REGISTRAR

OFFICE OF BUSINESS AND FINANCE

DEPARTMENTS/OFFICES

OTHER COLLECTIONS

 Series Description

 Office of the President

The files of the office of the President include Board of Trustees meeting minutes, agendas, and correspondence from 1970-1975, building specifications for the MMC Memorial Library, commencement programs from 1926-1959, Founder's Day programs and speeches from 1922-1962, and information on the professional organizations with which MMC was affiliated from 1932-1975. Founder's Day programs provide a timely theme relative to the Catholic perspective on national events, or a particular anniversary celebrated in the church.

PROCEEDINGS

BOARD OF TRUSTEES MINUTES
(1966-1977)
Arranged chronologically and alphabetically
Box 1
Minutes, reports before the board, correspondence, committees and their assignments, calendar of events and information on members of the Board

BUILDING SPECIFICATIONS

BUILDING SPECIFICATIONS
(1962-1966)
Arranged chronologically
Box 1 (1962)
Box 2 (1965-1966)
Specifications information on the construction of residence and dining halls and the MMC Memorial Library

CORRESPONDENCE

CORRESPONDENCE
(1973-1974)
Arranged chronologically
Box 2
Presidential correspondence with Trustees, patrons of the college, fellow professionals, etc., about donations, workshops, and the state of affairs at the college

PROGRAMS

COMMENCEMENT
(1926-1975)
Arranged chronologically
Box 2 (1926-1959)
Box 3 (1960-1975)
Programs from the Commencement festivities and ceremonies

SUBJECT FILES

COMMITTEES
(1971-1975)
Arranged alphabetically
Box 3
Various committees including Academic Affairs, Development, Executive, Faculty, Finance, Student Affairs, and Trustees among others. Contains correspondence, reports, etc.

CONTRACTS AND CORRESPONDENCE
(1958-1973)
Arranged alphabetically
Box 3
Faculty files containing correspondence and contracts with Mary Manse College

FOUNDER'S DAY
(1922-1975)
Arranged chronologically
Box 3 (1922-1962)
Box 4 (1963-1975)
Programs from Founder's Day, as well as Presidents Day and the Stella Mavis Award

GRADUATE DIVISION
(1957-1971)
No arrangement
Box 4
Contains bulletins to instructors and students, exams for various fields, syllabi and course outlines, and program format and procedures

LIBRARY CORRESPONDENCE
(1922-1975)
Arranged alphabetically
Box 4 (A-F)
Box 5 (G-Z)
Correspondence and information on various topics including workshops, gifts to the library, reports, committees, loans, budgets, directories and staff meetings

OFFICE FILES
(1968-1975)
Arranged alphabetically
Box 5 (A)
Box 6 (B-Fac)
Box 7 (Fam-Of)
Box 8 (Oh-Self)
Box 9 (Spec-Z)
Contains administrative committee minutes, correspondence, reports, budget information, faculty data, financial statements, enrollment reports, student data, etc.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
(1932-1975)
No arrangement
Box 9
Various reports and correspondence on educational organizations such as North Central Association, Ohio Board of Regents and the Association of American Colleges

FILES AND CORRESPONDENCE
(1959-1964)
Arranged alphabetically
Box 10
Subject files containing correspondence, essays, etc., from Sr. John Baptist

FILES AND CORRESPONDENCE
(1922-1971)
Arranged alphabetically
Box 10
Subject files containing correspondence, reports, etc., with various organizations

See Office of the President Inventory

 Office of the Dean of Academic Affairs

MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY AND NURSING
(1955-1975)
Arranged alphabetically
Box 21 (A-Z)
Contains office subject files with correspondence, forms, certification information, information on association with various hospitals in the Toledo area, program outlines and information on students and personnel

NEWSLETTERS
(1937-1973)
Arranged chronologically
Box 21
Various newsletters tracing the history of MMC student and academic life. Some issues are incomplete, the longest run being of the "Campus Crier"

OFFICE FILES
(1926-1975)
Arranged alphabetically
Box 22 (A-Are)
Box 23 (Art-Cit)
Box 24 (City-Cr)
Box 25 (D-Fac)
Box 26 (Fac-Hew)
Box 27 (Hew-L)
Box 28 (M-Nor)
Box 29 (Not-Q)
Box 30 (R-Stu)
Box 31 (Stu-Z)
Office files arranged by subjects and containing correspondence, reports, minutes, Course outlines and information on educational programs, budget information and all information dealing with administration

PASTORAL INSTITUTE
(1969-1974)
Arranged alphabetically
Box 32
This academic session was a lecture and workshop series. Information includes correspondence, information on the participants, outlines of the curriculum and program of lectures and events

PORTIO MINIMA RELIGIONIS (PMR)
(1955-1972)
Arranged chronologically
Box 32
A series of short religious bulletins covering topics of the day, from the Vocational Director to the staff

PRESS RELEASES
(1966-1971)
Arranged chronologically
Box 32
Press releases and correspondence publicizing artistic performances, lectures, etc.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
(1928-1975)
Arranged chronologically within individual boxes
Box 32--American Council on Education, Association of American Colleges; (1931-1958)
Box 33--Certification-Department Minutes; (1957-1975); National Catholic Education Association; (1931-1958); North Central Association; (1932-1957)
Box 34--Ohio College Association; (1928-1949); Ohio College Association; (1950-1958); Ohio State Department of Education; (1936-1960)
Contains correspondence, reports and newsletters on the above-mentioned organizations

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
(1924-1958)
Arranged chronologically
Box 34
Contains correspondence, meeting minutes, constitutions, etc., for the Athletic Club, French Club, Student Council and the Confraternity of Christian Doctrina

See Dean of Academic Affairs Inventory

 Registrar

The Office of the Registrar maintained records on registration and enrollment statistics that were utilized both in house and sent to other agencies. These documents span the entire history of Mary Manse College. Registrar's files also include copies of Master's theses and research papers submitted to the college from 1965-1970. Office files encompass such subjects as curriculum requirements, dorm lists, enrollment distributions, self-surveys, and workshops

ENROLLMENT/REGISTRATION RECORDS
(1922-1975)
Arranged chronologically and alphabetically
Box 35--records for the academic year (1971-1975)
Contains information on enrollment statistics, lists of students and advisors, curriculum requirements and personnel files, along with two boxes of registration cards

ENROLLMENT/REGISTRATION RECORDS
(1922-1975)
Arranged chronologically and alphabetically
Box 36--registration cards (A-M)
Box 37--registration cards (N-Z)
Contains information on enrollment statistics, lists of students and advisors, curriculum requirements and personnel files, along with two boxes of registration cards

ENROLLMENT/REGISTRATION RECORDS
(1922-1975)
Arranged chronologically and alphabetically
Box 38--subject files (A-Z)
Contains information on enrollment statistics, lists of students and advisors, curriculum requirements and personnel files, along with two boxes of registration cards

MASTER'S THESES
(1965-1970)
Arranged alphabetically
Box 38 (A-C)
Box 39 (D-O)
Box 40 (P-Z)
Includes copies of Master's theses and research papers submitted for program completion

OFFICE FILES
(1969-1974)
Arranged alphabetically
Box 41 (A-R)
Box 42 (S-Z)
Contains surveys, reports, correspondence, course outlines, and other administrative files

See Registrar Inventory

 Office of Business and Finance

FINANCIAL RECORDS

FINANCIAL RECORDS
(1969-1974)
Arranged alphabetically
Box 42 (A-Z)
These records consist of audit reports, financial statements, ledgers, and correspondence

See Business and Finance Inventory

 Departments

 The Development Office

The Development Office files comprise one box of materials spanning the period from 1968-1975. These subject files include information on grantsmanship, funding institutions, and the development committee, and document the funding sources solicited and utilized by MMC in its last decade.

OFFICE FILES
(1968-1975)
Arranged alphabetically
Box 43 (A-Z)
Contain correspondence and information on various foundations and trusts

 Admissions

The files of the Office of Admissions consist entirely of office files from 1966-1975. The two boxes include committee files, correspondence, and promotional materials. Of particular interest to the researcher seeking a general overview of MMC is a brief history of the college contained in this record group.

OFFICE FILES
(1966-1975)
Arranged alphabetically
Box 44 (A-Correspondence)
Box 45 (D-Z)
Contains committee files, promotional materials, reports and correspondence

 Student Personnel Services

The Student Personnel Service retained records on student activities from 1922-1975, including student social, political and academic groups. Student publications are included in these files, as well as records on anniversary and holiday celebrations, such as St. Patrick's Day and Mardi Gras. Student council minutes encompass the period from 1925-1974.

CLASS ORGANIZATIONS
(1969-1978)
Arranged chronologically.
Box 46 (1969-1978)
Senior through freshmen class organizations, treasury records of each class, reports of activity and lists of membership are included in this series of records

OFFICE FILES
(1922-1975)
Arranged alphabetically
Box 46 (A-B)
Box 47 (D-F)
Box 48 (G-R)
Box 49 (S-Z)
Contains correspondence, notes, forms, newsletters, minutes, handbooks and programs from various activities and clubs

PARENTS WEEKEND
(1968-1975)
Arranged chronologically
Box 49
Contains correspondence, programs and publicity materials concerning the college's parents weekend program

PRE COLLOQUIA
(1972-1974)
Arranged alphabetically
Box 49
Contains correspondence, notes, forms and information packets for freshmen

STUDENT ACTIVITIES
(1922-1975)
Arranged alphabetically
Box 50 (A-Cz)
Box 51 (D-R)
Box 52 (S-Z)
Contains mostly evaluations and activity reports for various student organizations

STUDENT COUNCIL
(1925-1974)
Arranged chronologically
Box 53 (1925-1974)
Contains minutes, calendar events and reports from student council meetings

 The Office of Continuing Education

The Office of Continuing Education consists of five boxes of materials related to adult education at MMC. It includes office files relative to Student Personnel Services and the Development Office, correspondence, religious education and alumni social activities.

OFFICE FILES
([1922]-1975)
Arranged alphabetically
Box 53 (A-Ar)
Box 54 (As-D)
Box 55 (E-Pub)
Box 56 (Puc-Z)
Contain correspondence, course information, programs and information on activities, minutes, alumnae records, staff records, programs, publicity and other administrative type files.

 The Public Information Office

Materials administered and collected by the Public Information Office include college bulletins from 1932-1969, catalogs from 1927-1975, news clippings, the alumni newsletter, photographs, certificates, scrapbooks and yearbooks. The newsclippings and scrapbook materials reflect activities of the college and its graduates throughout the history of the college. The collection of MMC yearbooks is most complete for recent years; volumes are missing for the years 1927-1945, and 1953-1954.

BULLETINS
(1932-1969)
Arranged chronologically
Box 57
Consists of publicity bulletins for recruiting new students which give the history and information about the college

CATALOGS
(1927-1976)
Arranged chronologically
Box 57 (1927-1976)
These catalogs list course choices and procedures for students

MMC ALUMNAE NEWS
(1937-1973)
Arranged chronologically
Box 58
Includes bound and unbound copies of the alumni newsletter which describes campus happenings and gives updates for alumnae

OFFICE FILES
([1922]-1975)
Arranged alphabetically
Box 58 (A-Co)
Box 59 (Co-Ne)
Box 60 (Ne-R)
Box 61 (S-Z)
Contains reports, correspondence, publicity materials and information on special events

PHOTOGRAPHS
n.d
No arrangement
Box 61
Miscellaneous photographs of students and faculty, also included are several certificates

SCRAPBOOKS/NEWSCLIPPINGS
(1920-1975)
Arranged chronologically
Box 62 (1939-1945)
Box 63 (1942-1946, 1952-1953)
Box 64 (1953-1954, 1957-1958)
Box 65 (1958-1963)
Box 66 (1963-1964, December 1966)
Box 67 (1967-1970)
Box 68 (1971-1972)
Box 69 (miscellaneous, n.d.)
Box 70 - newsclippings (1920-1959)
Box 71 - newsclippings (1960-1975, misc.)
Scrapbooks containing newsclippings, programs and mementos concerned with student life and activities

YEARBOOKS--The Brescian
(1926-1975) incomplete
Arranged chronologically
Box 71 (1926, 1946-1948)
Box 72 (1949-1952, 1955-1958)
Box 73 (1959-1966)
Box 74 (1967-1972)
Box 75 (1973-1975)

 Library/Archives Files

These records consist primarily of acquisition logs maintained by the library and a few files relative to the formation of the MMC Archives by Eve Davis.

ACQUISITIONS
([1922]-1975)
Arranged chronologically
Box 75 (vol. 1-3)
Box 76 (vol. 4-9, misc.)
These logs list the bibliographic information of books acquisitioned and their condition and date of withdrawal

MMC ARCHIVES
(1973-1975)
Arranged alphabetically
Box 76
Contains accession information, inventories, procedural information and two bound volumes of the Gregorian Review (1950)

 The Speech and Drama Department

The records of the Speech and Drama Department include information on the extensive dramatic endeavors of the college from 1923-1973. The department sponsored a one-act play contest in the 1930's and 1940's, and maintained scripts and programs composed by Mary Manse students. The department also frequently sponsored plays in cooperation with St. John's University, which are documented in these files

DRAMA WORKSHOPS
(1925-1963)
Arranged chronologically within subject
Box 77 (St. John's collaboration; One-act plays, 1930-40's)
Consists of plays and notes written in collaboration with St. John's University. Also included are scripts for several radio plays and the one-act play contest

PLAYS
(1924-1973)
Arranged chronologically
Box 78 (1924-1973)
Consists of scripts handwritten and typed for various original plays

SPEECH DEPARTMENT
(1945-1966)
Arranged chronologically
Box 78
Contains information on speech courses, including class outlines and bibliographies

See Departments/Offices Inventory

 Other Collections

 Catholic University of Peking

Records from the Catholic University of Peking consist primarily of publications and literary productions written and utilized by G.B. O'Toole, rector at the University. Also included are some books written entirely in Chinese, and some memorabilia.

BULLETINS AND CATALOGS
(1926-1937)
No arrangement
Box 79
Contains information on courses and procedures for new students

MANUSCRIPTS AND BOOKS
n.d
No arrangement
Box 79
Contains two manuscripts and one book: Madame Chaing Kai-Shek's Trip Through the U.S. and Canada

NEWSLETTERS
(1931-1935)
Arranged alphabetically
Box 79
Contains Chinese newsletters including: Fu Jen, The Dragon, and The Peking. An index is also included

PAMPHLETS AND BOOKS
(1923-1942)
Arranged chronologically
Box 80 (1923-1939)
Box 81 (1940-1942, n.d.)
Books and pamphlets on various subjects including religion, politics and the Orient

 The Mohler Papers

This group of papers consists almost wholly of articles written by Edward Mohler, a faculty member since the college's creation, which appear in various Catholic publications. The papers also include correspondence, news clippings and a scrapbook that dates from 1912-1916.

MANUSCRIPTS
(1914-[1950])
Arranged alphabetically
Box 81
Contain typewritten manuscripts, newspaper articles in their published form, as well as correspondence

PUBLISHED ARTICLES
(1942-1960)
Arranged alphabetically
Box 82 (A-Ros)
Box 83 (Ros-Z)

SCRAPBOOK MATERIALS
(1912-1916, n.d.)
No arrangement
Box 83
Contains mostly newspaper clippings about Mohler and his interests. Also included is information on Mohler's death

 Photographic, Audio-Visual Materials

The Mary Manse collection is rounded out by several boxes of photographs, arranged by subject. Most of the photographs were unidentified, but may correspond with illustrations in yearbooks. Audio tapes of Board of Trustee Meetings, Arts and Forum lectures, and other presentations, as well as 35mm slides of the campus and of classical art and architecture. Two gavels from MMC Student Council are also included.

PHOTOGRAPHS
(1930's-1970's)
Arranged alphabetically by subject
Box 83 (A-F)
Box 84 (G-Lib)
Box 85 (Lo-Z)
Included are snapshots and photographs of student life, faculty and campus activities and class group pictures

AUDIO-VISUAL MATERIALS
(1950's-1970's)
No arrangement
Box 85-86
Includes cassette tapes on presentations, Board of Trustee meetings, Founder's Day, Inauguration ceremonies, accompaniments to slide presentations which are also included

See Other Records Inventory

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