Skip to main content

Vatican II Collection

Identifier: MSE/MD 3828

Scope and Contents

The Vatican II Collection contains more than 1,400 documents divided into two major sections. The first section, Conciliar Documents, consists of working drafts, voting summaries, news service reports, and other documents that were circulated during the four sessions that comprised the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). The second section, Post-Conciliar Liturgical Documents, contains copies of 354 of the 439 schemata generated by the post-conciliar commissions responsible for implementing liturgical reforms.

The collection of conciliar documents contains materials pertaining to the development of the sixteen official texts promulgated by the Second Vatican Council and three other schemas which were discussed at the Council but were not officially accepted: "De cura animarum" (1963), "De indulgentiis recognoscendis" (1965), and "De matrimonii sacramento" (1963).

The post-conciliar collection details liturgical material, which consists mainly of photocopies of drafts of the schemas and miscellaneous reference materials.


  • Creation: 1948-1986, bulk 1962-1965

Language of Materials


Language of Materials

Collection material in Latin and English

Conditions Governing Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.


11.42 Linear Feet (27 containers)


Includes copies of materials pertaining to the development of the sixteen official texts promulgated by the Second Vatican Council, three schemas discussed but not officially accepted by the Council, assorted materials pertaining to the nineteen conciliar documents discussed, items relevant to the period of the Council that include booklets, directories, notices, schedules, summaries, and other items. Post-conciliar liturgical documents are also included.


The Vatican II Collection is arranged in two sections: Conciliar and Post-Conciliar Liturgical Documents.

Material is grouped according to the pertinent topic and document development, e.g., Breviary, Liturgical Year. Other compilations of Vatican II materials, such as the Acta and the Council Daybook, are arranged according to the overall chronology of the council.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The bulk of the Vatican II Collection was acquired by Hesburgh Libraries from John Rotelle, O.S.A., Director of the Augustinian Provincialate in Villanova, PA in 1984. Draft schemata of the conciliar documents were donated to Hesburgh Libraries by Rev. Mark G. McGrath, C.S.C., and Rev. Redward L. Heston, C.S.C., from their personal collections. Finding lists prepared by Marie Conn and Christian Dupont. Finding aid 2016, by Hanah Herbst and Julie Tanaka.

Vatican II Collection
Edited Full Draft
April 2016
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the University of Notre Dame Rare Books & Special Collections Repository

102 Hesburgh Library
Notre Dame IN 46556