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John Francis Noll Papers

Identifier: NOL

Scope and Content

Correspondence relating to Noll's personal affairs, 1920-1955, the construction of the national shrine, 1936, and his work with the National Legion of Decency, 1930s, the National Organization for Decent Literature, 1930s-1950s, Our Sunday Visitor, 1925-1955, and the National Catholic Welfare Conference, 1948-1953; manuscripts of Catholic radio broadcasts, 1940s-1950s, articles for Our Sunday Visitor, and articles by Noll; personal papers such as sermon notes and occasional papers relating to the celebration of Noll's jubilee and eightieth birthday; a record album; photographs; and extensive subject files of clippings and printed material on such topics as anti-communism, national socialism, protestantism, the Spanish Civil War, sexual ethics, and minorities.


  • Creation: 1904-1956

Language of Materials



Bishop of Fort Wayne diocese (1925-1956), leading anti- communist, and founder of Our Sunday Visitor (1912), Family Digest (1908), and Acolyte (1925) which became The Priest in 1945.


24.5 linear feet. 1 record album. 7 linear feet of printed material.