Cataloguing the Papers of Wilfred Ward (1856-1916)

The Papers of the Roman Catholic Modernist movement held in St Andrews University Library are of central importance to the study of Roman Catholic theology in the late nineteenth and early 20th century. Amongst the group, the papers of Wilfrid Ward (1856-1916) are of great importance. Prior to this project, they were the only element of the broader collection which did not benefit from internet-deliverable detailed listing.

The project therefore aimed to produce a catalogue to modern standards, and web-accessible, thus completing the catalogue of Modernist papers at St Andrews, and making them much more widely accessible to the world-wide academic community.

In addition, a preservation audit was carried out as part of the project, and most of the papers were, as a result, re-housed in modern archival-standard containers.

The wider research context is the crucial importance of the late 19th and early 20th centuries to the history of the Roman Catholic Church, in which the increasing influence of new historical and scientific methods impinged on traditional academic methods, leading Roman Catholic scholars to question traditional values and the means of presenting their faith to the outside world, and in so doing, to cause a major controversy within the faith. This controversy has had far-reaching effects on the church, and is widely studied.

Principal investigator
Dr Norman Reid
Principal project staff
Dr Norman Reid; Ms Anne Thompson
Start date
Friday, June 1, 2001
Completion date
Saturday, June 1, 2002
Source material
Being a catalogue, the sources are obviously, the collection of papers being catalogued. A wide variety of reference material was used to assist the cataloguing process - much of which is referenced in the catalogue itself. Main Source: the Papers of Wilfrid Ward (1856-1916); St Andrews University Library, mss 38347-8, 38469, 38508

Web-published catalogue, at URL given above.