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Sheed & Ward Records

Identifier: SAW

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Records of the New York office of Sheed & Ward. Although the earliest documents in the collection date from 1933, the thirties and forties are not as well represented as the fifties and sixties. The collection consists of files from the editorial department, files from the publicity department, photographs, and printed material.

The editorial department is represented by correspondence, 1948-1973; subject files, 1955-1973; rejection files, 1968-1970; foreign book files, 1958-1969; and published book files, 1950-1971. Correspondents include Daniel Berrigan, Christopher Dawson, John Tracy Ellis, Andrew M. Greeley, Samuel Hazo, Dan Herr, Hans Kung, Arnold Lunn, John Courtney Murray, Jaroslav Pelikan, Philip Scharper, Edward Schillebeeckx, and Gordon Zahn.

The publicity department is represented by biographical files, 1933-1967; publicity files, 1967-1970; advertising files, 1966-1969; copies of Sheed & Ward's Own Trumpet (the house newspaper), 1943-1969; and clippings of book reviews. Its files contain information on James Andrews, Dorothy Day, Leonard Feeney, Eric Gill, Charles A. Kern, Clare Boothe Luce, Sister Madeleva, Jacques Maritain, François Mauriac, and other Sheed & Ward authors.


  • Creation: 1933-1973


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Francis J. Sheed and his wife Maisie Ward founded the London publishing firm of Sheed & Ward in 1926. In 1933 they founded a second publishing house, also called Sheed & Ward, in New York City. Philip Scharper served as editor-in-chief of Sheed & Ward (New York), 1957-1970.

This American corporation operated until 1973, when Universal Press Syndicate bought it and made it the basis of a new firm, Sheed, Andrews & McMeel (later Andrews & McMeel).


37.5 linear feet 1.5 linear feet of photographs 3 linear feet of printed material

Sheed & Ward Records
University of Notre Dame Archives
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Part of the University of Notre Dame Archives Repository

607 Hesburgh Library
Notre Dame Indiana 46556 United States
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