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Guide to the Esther LaPorta Donor Relations records
USDA_2012_004  
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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I:  University History Research, created 1938-1999;



gathered 1990-1998

Scope and Content Note

The bulk of the records in this series pertain to the founding of the University of San Diego and to President Author Hughes. Founding records include correspondence between Bishop Charles Buddy and members of the Nolan Family, as well as correspondence between Bishop Charles Buddy and Mother Rosalie Hill. The Nolan family correspondence is primarily between Bishop Buddy and Gertrude, Julia, and Tom Nolan. Frequent reference is made to their mother Julia, brother Peter, family well being, and plans for visitation. Business correspondence regarding material made by Julia Nolan's Class Rings, Class Pins, Class Ribbons company for Bishop Buddy are included. After Gertrude Nolan's passing in 1953, correspondence between Julia and Bishop Buddy centered on an altar, honoring Gertrude, to be built in the Immaculata. Julia provided significant funding for the altar’s creation. Correspondence between Bishop Buddy and Mother Hill regarding the University founding was gathered primarily to create the script for the 1999 President's Dinner.
Of particular note within this series are the interview transcripts with the outgoing President Author Hughes and his wife Marge Hughes. In her interview, Marge Hughes discusses her perceptions about life as the First Lady of USD. She discusses her first impressions of the University and how her life was shaped by being the First Lady. In his interview, President Hughes discussed his impressions upon arrival at USD, his challenges and accomplishments at USD, and his plans for the future.
University history records dating 1938 to 1973 are photocopies of original documents. These were gathered for Esther LaPorta's donor event research. For this reason, two dates are often represented. The earlier dates are the years of creation for the original documents that have been photocopied. The later date represents the years LaPorta was gathering her research.

Historical Note

While information about members of the Nolan family is limited, the websites www.ancestry.com and www.findagrave.com provide some context. Information gathered includes: Gertrude Bertina Nolan Crane, 1897-1953, became an English teacher and completed four years of college. It appears that she resided in Chicago throughout her life. Julia A. Nolan lived 1887-1982. Rev. Thomas F. Nolan died in 1959. During his life he wrote editorials for the Southern Cross and the Mission Tower . Their mother Julia A. Deady Nolan, 1862-1958 and brother Rev. Peter E. Nolan are mentioned in the letters. Peter E. Nolan was born December 4, 1894 and did ecclesiastical study in Spain.
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Nolan Family Correspondence between Bishop Buddy and Gertrude Nolan, created 1939-1944; gathered 1995

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Nolan Family Correspondence between Bishop Buddy and Julia Nolan, created 1938-1954; gathered 1995

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Nolan Family Correspondence between Bishop Buddy and Reverend Thomas F. Nolan, created 1944-1953; gathered 1995

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Nolan Family Correspondence between Bishop Buddy to Sister M. Reginald, created 1943-1951; gathered 1995

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Nolan Family Correspondence between Bishop Buddy and Sister Ann, created 1938; gathered 1995

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President Alice Hayes Inauguration Program, 1995 November 12

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President Author Hughes Inauguration as President, 1971 December 5

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President Hughes University History materials, 1945-1990

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President Hughes Correspondence, 1991-1998

Scope and Content Note

[Correspondence largely related to funding campaigns.]
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Marge Hughes Interviews, 1995 March

Scope and Content Note

[Transcript of interview conducted prior to Author Hughes retirement. Interview topics include the Hughes' experiences moving onto campus, their children's experience, and Hughes' experience at the University of San Diego.]
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President Author Hughes Interviews, 1995 March

Scope and Content Note

[Transcript of interview conducted prior to Author Hughes retirement. Interview topics include why Hughes chose the University of San Diego, his impressions of USD at the outset, challenges and accomplishments, and his plans for the future.]
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President Hughes Photograph, 1996

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Bishop Buddy and Mother Hill Correspondence, 1942-1964, 1999

Scope and Content Note

[Includes script for the January 9, 1999 President's Dinner.]
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Bishop Buddy and Mother Hill Correspondence Index, 1998 April

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Foundation of the San Diego College for Women, created 1942-1952; gathered 1998

 

Series II:  Capital Campaign, 1987-1996

Scope and Content Note

This series includes documents from the Capital Campaign, Education for a New Age. Records include reports and evaluations about the campaigns successes and failures.
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Case Statement, 1987 April 14

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Education for a New Age Analysis and Evaluation, 1991-1992

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Education for a New Age Final Report, 1993 June 10

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Education for a New Age Reports and Correspondence, 1993

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Education for a New Age Collections, 1993-1994

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Education for a New Age Plaza as Memorial, 1995-1996

 

Series III:  Artifacts, undated

Scope and Content Note

These artifacts were used to recognize significant donors to the University of San Diego. Statues are accompanied by a note from Esther LaPorta about their use.
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Angeles De Alcala Statue, undated

Scope and Content Note

[The Angeles de Alcala statue was awarded to significant USD donors during President Author Hughes' administration.]
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Edward Marshall Boehm Porcelain Dove, undated

Scope and Content Note

[The Boehm Dove was presented by President Alice Hayes to recognize philanthropy.]