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Patrick and Patricia Crowley Papers

Identifier: RWL

Scope and Content

Questionnaires on the rhythm method of birth control, and on responsible parenthood and love in marriage, with responses from those who answered them; reports, notes taken at meetings, correspondence and background papers, 1964-1967; articles on birth control, dating from the 1960s through the 1980s; a copy of the book Turning Pointby Robert McClory regarding the Commission; book reviews and Crowley correspondence concerning Turning Point; letters from members of the Commission in preparation for Turning Point; letters received concerning Turning Point, including some from bishops; publicity for Turning Point. Also correspondence and clippings dating from the 1970s through the 1990s having to do with the SPCBPC material in the Crowley Papers in the Notre Dame Archives and publications or documentaries issuing from research in this collection; two scrapbooks containing reactions to Bishop Bruskewitz's criticism of Patty Crowley; Patty Crowley's correspondence and clippings, 1999; photographs of the Commission; photographs from the book party at DePaul University for Turning Pointby Robert McClory (7 May 1995); and printed material having to do with the concerns of the Commission.


  • Creation: 1964-1999

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Restricted by contract.


Patrick (Pat) and Patricia (Patty) Crowley were leaders of the Christian Family Movement. They were appointed by Pope Paul VI in December 1964 to serve on the Special Papal Commission on Birth and Population Control. They conducted surveys of CFM members on birth control as part of their service on the Commission.


9 linear feet. 2 linear inches of photographs.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Patrick and Patricia Crowley. Original accession: September 1969. Subsequent accessions through 1999.

Patrick and Patricia Crowley Papers
University of Notre Dame Archives
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Notre Dame Archives Repository

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