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Michael Novak Collection

Identifier: NVK

Scope and Content

Books and journals with contributions by Michael Novak, 1961-1990s; with material regarding Michael Novak as recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 1986 and winner of the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion in 1994. Also clippings, copies of typewritten manuscripts for syndicated columns, and publications citing or reacting to his ideas. Arranged alphabetically by title under these headings: Books and Pamphlets, Journals, Magazines, Newspapers, Reprints, Columns and Clippings, Honors.


  • Creation: 1961-2004.


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Michael Novak is a Slovak-American Catholic thinker and writer, born 9 September 1933, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and educated at Stonehill College, the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, and Harvard University. He published a novel, The Tiber Was Silver in 1961, reported on the second session of the Second Vatican Council for the National Catholic Reporter, taught at Stanford University 1965-1968, served as dean at the State University of New York at Old Westbury, Long Island, 1969-1972, started the Rockefeller Foundation's humanities program, 1973-1974, and taught at Syracuse University, 1976-1978. In 1978 he became a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Social Policy Research. In 1982 he published his most famous book, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism. Author of many books and articles, he has argued that Capitalism is not at odds with Christianity, and that it is the best economic system for the promotion of democracy, freedom, and social well-being.


6.75 linear feet

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Sent by Michael Novak via the Jacques Maritain Center at Notre Dame.

Michael Novak Collection
University of Notre Dame Archives
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Notre Dame Archives Repository

607 Hesburgh Library
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