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Sheed and Ward Family Papers

Identifier: SWD

Scope and Content

Personal correspondence, 1864-1981, including letters of Brother Antoninus, OP, Hilaire Belloc, Joseph Breig, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, G.K. Chesterton, Dorothy Collins, Christopher Dawson, Etienne Gilson, Lucile Hasley, Caryll Houselander, Monsignor Ronald Knox, C. Day Lewis, D.B. Wyndham Lewis, Robert Lowell, Clare Boothe Luce, Henry Luce, Arnold Lunn, Sister Madeleva, CSC, Jacques Maritain, Bruce Marshall, C.C. Martindale, SJ, Marshall McLuhan, Vincent McNabb, OP, Thomas Merton, Alfred Noyes, Dorothy Sayers, Wilfrid Sheed, John Updike, Josephine (Mrs. Wilfrid) Ward, Leo Ward, SJ, E.I. Watkin, and Evelyn Waugh; lecture notes and manuscripts of F.J. Sheed concerning the Catholic faith; notes and manuscripts, 1879-1972, related to Maisie Ward's biographies of Robert Browning, Pen Browning, Gilbert Keith Chesterton, Caryll Houselander, John Henry Newman, and the Wilfrid Wards, and to her autobiographical writings; correspondence, reports, and circulars of the Catholic Housing Aid Society and of the Family Housing Association; minutes, circa 1925, and correspondence, 1945-1964, of the Catholic Evidence Guild; Sheed & Ward business papers, including manuscripts, correspondence with stockholders, agreements, bylaws, and financial records; family birth and baptismal certificates and wills; notes and essays of Josephine Ward; notebooks of Wilfrid Sheed; drawings by Max Beerbohm; tape recordings, photographs, and printed material.


  • Creation: 1832-1982.

Language of Materials



Francis J. Sheed and his wife Maisie Ward were Catholic authors, lecturers, and founders of the publishing firm of Sheed & Ward in London and New York.


22 linear feet. 7 audio tapes. 4 CDs. 1 linear foot of photographs. 1.5 linear feet of printed material.


Sheed and Ward Family Papers
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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