The Steven M. Avella papers contain research material, rough drafts, and notes collected and created by Avella during the
process of writing his books on Catholic Sacramento and Sacramento history. Avella gathered material from Diocesan records,
memoirs, and correspondence from religious orders; parish histories; contemporaneous newspaper articles; material on ethnic
communities; and biographical files on bishops and other Catholic notables. The series largely follow Avella's book, chapter,
and subject organization.
Steven M. Avella was born in Chicago and grew up in Sacramento. He is an ordained priest, a historian, and a professor of
history and former chair of the history department at Marquette University in Milwaukee. He has also lectured at California
State University, Sacramento. His professional focus is on 20th century American history, American religious history, and
the American West. He has written many books on those topics, including books specific to Sacramento history and the history
of the Catholic Church in Sacramento.
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