The Catholic Church in Mississippi, 1911-1984: A History

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This bibliography is not intended to be exhaustive of every source used in this history. Instead, its purpose is to give the reader a clear idea of what primary and secondary sources were examined. For a complete listing of all works used, the reader is referred to each chapter's notes.


This book was written using primary sources almost exclusively. Definitely the most important depository was the archives of the diocese of Jackson (ADJ). These archives are one of the most organized and carefully kept depositories any researcher can hope for. Bishop Richard Gerow was primarily responsible for this, spending literally countless hours reviewing all the materials in the archives, summarizing many of them, organizing the collections, and even writing an extensive multi- volume index for the collections up through 1970. For this project, the following collections were the most essential.

Bishop John Gunn Papers

The Gunn papers consist of a one-volume diary, several scrapbooks, six file drawers of papers, and several bound volumes indexing the Gunn collection, specifically in terms of the bishop's correspondence. Not all of the Gunn papers, however, are processed. Two of the file drawers have not been completed as of this date. Still, the Gunn collection is extremely valuable in its comprehensiveness.

Bishop Richard O. Gerow Papers

The Gerow papers are much larger than the Gunn collection in sheer size. The Gerow collection consists of a 6-volume diary and a 1-volume Reminiscences. This 7-volume set alone is over 2,000 pages of Gerow's almost daily recollections. In


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