Steven M. Avella papers MS0075

The Rev. Anne Slakey (2013) and Kim Hayden (2021).
Center for Sacramento History
2013, 2021

Contributing Institution: Center for Sacramento History
Title: Steven M. Avella papers
creator: Avella, Steven M.
Identifier/Call Number: MS0075
Physical Description: 15.83 Linear Feet 16 boxes
Date (inclusive): 1850-2005
Abstract: 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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Steven M. Avella in 2010 (accession # 2010/33).

Processing Information

Processing and finding aid by the Rev. Anne Slakey, 2013. Finding aid edited by Kim Hayden, 2021.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use. All materials may be viewed, but student papers and material gathered from other institutions cannot be duplicated. Those citing and using such material for publication should obtain copies from the original institutions and cite them separately.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests to publish or quote from private manuscripts held by the Center for Sacramento History (CSH) must be submitted in writing to Permission for publication is given on behalf of CSH as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the patron. No permission is necessary to publish or quote from public records. While all material in this collection can be viewed, student papers and material gathered from other institutions cannot be duplicated. Those citing and using such material for publication should obtain copies from the original institutions and cite them separately.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item and/or item number], [box and folder number], Steven M. Avella papers, MS0075, Center for Sacramento History.

Related Materials

Material related to those in the Steven M. Avella papers can be found in the following collections at CSH: the Sacramento Ethnic Communities Survey, and the Catholic Herald Collection.

Biographical / Historical

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.

Scope and Contents

The Steven M. Avella papers contain research materials, rough drafts, and notes created and collected by Avella while he was researching for and writing his books "Sacramento and the Catholic Church: Shaping a Capital City" (2008), "The Diocese of Sacramento: A Journey of Faith" (2006), "The Good Life: Sacramento's Commercial Culture" (2008), and "Sacramento: Indomitable City" (2003). The collection's series and folder titles largely reflect the book, chapter, and subject organization of Avella's research material.
The material in this collection brings together valuable information about various eras, persons, institutions, and themes, particularly related to Catholic life in Sacramento and Northern California. Especially well-documented is Avella's interest in ethnic history as part of Catholic history, with rich coverage of ethnic groups in downtown parishes, and of the Diocese of Sacramento's ongoing redefinition of Hispanic ministry in the turbulent decades of the 1960s and 1970s.
Much of the research material in this collection is a result of Avella's extensive study of Catholic newspapers, including several iterations of Sacramento's "Catholic Herald" and its successor paper, the "Catholic Register." Avella also studied newspaper indices at the California State Library and articles from other Sacramento newspapers. He also consulted the archival records of the Diocese of Sacramento; Archdioceses of San Francisco and Los Angeles; Franciscan Friars of Santa Barbara; Sisters of Mercy, Auburn; and Franciscan Sisters of Penance and Charity at Stella Niagara, New York, and Redwood City, California. Primary sources include Diocesan records; correspondence and memoirs of religious orders serving the Diocese; parish histories, financial records, and correspondence; biographical material on Bishops and other notable figures; and newspaper articles on most subjects. Secondary sources include copies of articles, theses, dissertations, and some student papers.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Catholic Church--California--Sacramento.
Catholic Church. Diocese of Sacramento (Calif.)
City and town life--California--Sacramento
Ethnic groups
Manogue, Patrick, Bp., 1831-1895.
Mexican Americans--California--History
Sacramento (Calif.)--Church history
Social life and customs--Sacramento (Calif.)
Sisters of Mercy. Sacramento, California (Diocese)


Series 1. Sacramento: Indomitable City

Scope and Contents

This series contains subject folders for Avella's books on Sacramento history, mostly mid to late 20th century newspaper clippings from the Sacramento Bee and other local papers, with some research notes and drafts.
box 1, folder 1

California Indians undated

box 1, folder 2

John Sutter/Sacramento Medicine undated

box 1, folder 3

Background articles undated

box 1, folder 4

Infrastructure - Schools, Water undated

box 1, folder 5

Sacramento Politics undated

box 1, folder 6

Business and Commerce undated

box 1, folder 7

Land Grants/High Tech undated

box 1, folder 8

Base Closure undated

box 1, folder 11

Immigrants undated

box 1, folder 12-13

Railroads undated

box 1, folder 14

Unemployed Army undated

box 1, folder 15

State Workers undated

box 1, folder 16

City Planning undated

box 1, folder 17

Squirrel Inn undated

box 1, folder 18

Canneries undated

box 1, folder 19

Sacramento & Federal Government undated

box 1, folder 20

Proposal Draft: Avella Sacramento and Urban Identity undated

box 1, folder 21

Datel/Sacramento Demographics undated

box 1, folder 22

Re-development undated

box 1, folder 23

Shifting Economics undated

box 1, folder 24

Bee Indexes undated

box 1, folder 25

Downtown undated

box 1, folder 26

Burns MS - Capital Dreams undated

box 1, folder 27

Burns MS undated

box 1, folder 28

Sacramento and Depression SRA undated

box 1, folder 29

Sacramento and Depression undated

box 2, folder 1-2

Statistics undated

box 2, folder 3

Jazz undated

box 2, folder 4

Restaurants undated

box 2, folder 5

Chronologies and Histories undated

box 2, folder 6

Sacramento Holidays undated

box 2, folder 7

Newspaper History/City and County Government undated

box 2, folder 8

Notes Chapter One Consumer Culture undated

box 2, folder 9

Arts undated

box 2, folder 11-12

Women undated

box 2, folder 13

Cable TV undated

box 2, folder 14

Sports undated

box 2, folder 15

Development and Annexation 1984-1999

box 2, folder 16

Development and Annexation 2000-2010

box 2, folder 17

Military Industrial undated

box 2, folder 18

Cultural Traditions Conference/Ethnic Diversity (Bee) 1984-9494

box 2, folder 19

Ethnic Diversity (Bee) 1994-2000

box 2, folder 20

Gays and Lesbians (Bee) 1984-2000

box 14, folder 1

Chinese Exclusion undated

box 14, folder 2

Military Industrial Complex/City & County Government undated


Series 2. Sacramento and the Catholic Church

Scope and Contents

This series contains material gathered for Avella's book of the same title, and largely follows his chapter and subject organization. It is arranged into the following five subseries.

Subseries 2.1. Other denominations and religions

Scope and Contents

Subseries 2.1. Other denominations and religions
box 2, folder 21

Multiple Subjects undated

box 2, folder 22

Other denominations/Church Comity/AB Earle undated

box 2, folder 23-24

Other denominations undated

box 3, folder 1

Congregationalists undated

box 3, folder 2

Unitarian-Universalists undated

box 3, folder 3

Vedanta/Buddhists undated

box 3, folder 4

African American Churches undated

box 3, folder 5

United Brethren/Christian Church/Baptists undated

box 3, folder 6

Peniel Rescue Home undated

box 3, folder 7

2004 Church Directory undated

box 3, folder 8

Sacramento Bee Church of the Week series ca. 1950-1959

box 3, folder 9

Lutherans undated

box 3, folder 10

Methodists undated

box 3, folder 11

Jews/Muslims undated

box 3, folder 12

Presbyterians undated

box 3, folder 13

Episcopalians undated

box 3, folder 14

Bishop Moreland undated

box 3, folder 15

Parish History Talk at St. James, Milwaukee undated


Subseries 2.2. Catholic Directories

Scope and Contents

This subseries is made up of copies of 19th century national Catholic directories relating to the Dioceses of San Francisco, Grass Valley, and Sacramento, and 20th century internal Diocesan directories. Also included are lists of priests serving the Diocese, periodic Diocesan reports to the Vatican (Relatio, Ad Limina, and Quinquennial Reports), and Diocesan Canons.
box 3, folder 16

Catholic Directories Official Service Book undated

box 3, folder 17

Catholic Directories Diocese of San Francisco 1855-1868

box 3, folder 18

Catholic Directories Dioceses of San Francisco, Grass Valley 1869-1886

box 3, folder 19

Catholic Directories Diocese of Sacramento 1886-1909

box 3, folder 20

Catholic Directories Diocese of Sacramento 191 -1927

box 3, folder 21

Catholic Directories Diocese of Sacramento 1929-1944

box 3, folder 22

Catholic Directories Diocese of Sacramento 1945-1957

box 3, folder 23

Catholic Directories Diocese of Sacramento 1947-1948

box 3, folder 24

Catholic Directories Diocese of Sacramento 1949-1950

box 3, folder 25

Catholic Directories Diocese of Sacramento 1951-1952

box 3, folder 26

Catholic Directories Diocese of Sacramento 1953-1954

box 3, folder 27

Catholic Directories Diocese of Sacramento 1955- 1957

box 3, folder 28

Catholic Directories Diocese of Sacramento 1986

box 3, folder 29

Catholic Directories Diocese of Sacramento 1995-1997

box 3, folder 30

Sacramento Priests undated

box 3, folder 31

News of Clergy Newspaper indexes 1866-1913

box 3, folder 32-34

Diocesan Canons and Reports undated


Subseries 2.3. Sacramento Parishes

Scope and Contents

This subseries contains a wide variety of material organized into subject files by parish and by ethnic groups served by parishes, especially the Cathedral and St. Stephens. A parish file might contain Baptismal records, financial reports to the Diocese, correspondence with the Bishop, parish boundary maps, articles from local newspapers, and memoirs and interviews with parishioners. In addition, some parishes have autobiographies, memoirs, and correspondence of religious orders serving the parishes and their schools. Ethnic folders contain interviews, newspaper articles, secondary articles, and material from the Sacramento ethnic community surveys.
box 4, folder 1

Parishes Baptisms and Marriages 1911-1930

box 4, folder 2

St. Rose of Lima and St. Rose Franklin Blvd. ca. 1850-1890


Includes Bee and Union articles from the 1850s-1880s; Journal of Peter Anderson, OP; parish history.
box 4, folder 3

St. Patrick's Home - annual reports undated

box 14, folder 3

St. Rose's, Franklin Blvd; St. Patrick's Home - annual reports, parish boundaries undated

box 4, folder 4

St. Rose Baptismal Sample 1850-1855

box 4, folder 5

St. Joseph's School undated

box 4, folder 6

St. Francis - pastors, origins undated

box 4, folder 7, box 14, folder 9

St. Francis - annual reports undated

box 4, folder 8

St. Francis - "German Parish?" undated

box 4, folder 9

St. Francis - School and Province undated

box 4, folder 10-11

St. Francis - translations of correspondence undated

box 4, folder 12-13

St. Francis - correspondence with Province (German) undated

box 4, folder 14

St. Stephen's - Social Functions of an Urban Parish (Avella) undated

box 4, folder 15

St. Stephen's - Holy Angels School undated

box 4, folder 16

Japanese Mission undated

box 14, folder 14

Japanese Mission (includes Tulelake) - annual reports 1930-1945

box 4, folder 17

Cathedral undated

box 4, folder 18-19

Cathedral - Centennial Essay Drafts undated

box 4, folder 20

Cathedral - Finances undated

box 4, folder 21

Cathedral - Interior Decor undated

box 4, folder 22

Cathedral - Building and Dedication undated

box 4, folder 23

Cathedral - Clock and Bells undated

box 4, folder 24

Cathedral - Eglise Sainte Trinite undated

box 4, folder 25-26

Cathedral - architect (Bryan Clinch) undated

box 4, folder 27

Cathedral - renovation undated

box 14, folder 5

Cathedral, Portuguese - newspaper articles, parish boundaries undated

box 14, folder 6

Cathedral, St. Stephen's, Holy Angels school - annual reports undated

box 14, folder 7

Cathedral - annual reports undated

box 4, folder 28-29, box 5, folder 1

Chinese undated

box 5, folder 2

Croatians undated

box 5, folder 3

Germans undated

box 5, folder 4

Filipinos undated

box 5, folder 5

Cathedral - "Ethnic Issues" undated

box 5, folder 6

Portuguese St. Elizabeth's undated

box 14, folder 12

St. Elizabeth's - annual reports undated

box 5, folder 7-9

Irish undated


Includes Avella Irish Catholic Identity and Urban Culture in San Francisco and Sacramento
box 5, folder 10

Italians undated

box 5, folder 11

Italians - ICFA History of the Italian Catholic Federation 1924-1974

box 5, folder 12

Italians - St. Mary's East Sacramento undated

box 5, folder 13-14

Immaculate Conception undated

box 14, folder 8

Immaculate Conception - annual reports undated

box 5, folder 15

St. Joseph's; Holy Spirit; All Hallows undated

box 5, folder 16

Sacred Heart undated

box 14, folder 11

Sacred Heart - annual reports undated

box 14, folder 10

Holy Spirit - annual reports undated

box 5, folder 17

St. Mel's, Fair Oaks; St. John the Baptist, Folsom undated

box 5, folder 18

St. Philomene's undated

box 5, folder 19

St. Ignatius'; St. Lawrence; St. Peter's; St. Paul's; St. Robert's undated

box 5, folder 20

OL Assumption; St. John's; Presentation; St. John Vianney; St. Charles undated

box 5, folder 21

Summary Parish Financial Statements 1922-1959

box 14, folder 4

St. Stephen's - Baptismal register; Croatians re Fr. Cupcic undated

box 14, folder 13

Diocesan Statistical Summaries - baptisms, deaths, marriages, attendance undated

box 15, folder 1

St. Mary's - annual reports undated

box 15, folder 2

All Hallows - annual reports undated

box 15, folder 3

St. Ignatius' - annual reports undated

box 15, folder 4

St. Joseph's, North Sacramento - annual reports undated

box 15, folder 5

St. Paul's, Florin Road - annual reports undated

box 15, folder 6

St. Peter's - annual reports undated

box 15, folder 7

St. Philomene's - annual reports undated

box 15, folder 8

St. Robert's - annual reports undated


Subseries 2.4. Building a Latino/a Presence

Scope and Contents

This subseries mainly conatins Diocesan files on ministry to Latinos, including files documenting the Diocese's work with the Farm Labor movement in the 1970s, with some articles and memoirs.
box 5, folder 22-23

Migrant Workers - LAMP (Latin American Mission Program) undated

box 5, folder 24

Farm Labor undated

box 6, folder 1

Diocese of Sacramento - Department of Mexican American Affairs 1970

box 6, folder 2

Department of Mexican American Affairs 1971

box 6, folder 3

Department of Mexican American Affairs 1972

box 6, folder 4

Department of Mexican American Affairs 1972-1978

box 6, folder 5

Farm Labor 1973-1975

box 6, folder 6

"To Hear About God in Spanish: Ethnicity, Church and Community Activism in the San Francisco Archdiocese's Mexican American Colonias" by Gina Marie Pitti 2003-06

box 6, folder 7-8

"The Chicano and the Church in Northern California, 1848-1978: a Study of an Ethnic Minority Within the Roman Catholic Church" by Antonio Robert Soto 1978

box 6, folder 9

"Mexican Catholicism in Southern California: the Importance of Popular Religiosity and Sacramental Practice in Faith Experience" by Jeffrey Thies 1993

box 6, folder 10

"The Mexican Adaptation in American California, 1846-1875" by Richard Morefield 1971

box 6, folder 11

"Building the Latino/a Catholic Presence in Sacramento" by Steven M. Avella 2005

box 6, folder 12

"A Ghastly International Racket: the Catholic Church and the Bracero Program in California, 1942-1964" by Gina Marie Pitti 2001

box 6, folder 13

Sacramento Bee articles 1980-1989

box 6, folder 14

Sacramento Bee articles 1990-2000

box 6, folder 15

Report of the Problem of the Church and the Spanish Speaking Peoples in the Diocese of Sacramento; Hallowing the Migrant Trails Department of Mexican American Affairs 1963-02; 1972-06

box 6, folder 16

Hispanic Presence - the first 100 years (John Kouba) Santuario de N.S. de Guadalupe Our Lady of Guadalupe parish undated

box 6, folder 17

Report of Gov. CC Young's Mexican Fact Finding Committee 1930

box 6, folder 18

Braceros undated

box 6, folder 19

El Centro Mexicano/Alianza Hispano Americana undated

box 6, folder 20, box 15, folder 19

Stephen Keating undated

box 6, folder 21

Cursillos 1963-1969

box 6, folder 22

Cursillos 1970-1975

box 15, folder 9

Cursillo News Release undated

box 15, folder 20

Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish annual reports undated

box 15, folder 21

Cathedral Chimes 1889

box 15, folder 22

Cathedral schedules ca. 1970-1979

box 15, folder 23

135th Anniversary 1st United Methodist Church undated

box 15, folder 24

Temple B'nai Israel congregational history undated

box 15, folder 25

Tapestry Chamber of Commerce undated

box 15, folder 26

Sacramento Bee "Coming of Age" High Tech undated


Subseries 2.5. Homelessness

Scope and Contents

This subseries includes interviews, Bee coverage of homelessness from 1980-2000, an annotated copy of The People v. Loaves and Fishes, and material on the 1890s Railroad Strike.
box 6, folder 23

Leroy Chatfield memoir, interview undated

box 6, folder 24

Father Dan Madigan undated

box 6, folder 25

Interviews; Mayor Joe Serna undated

box 6, folder 26

"The Economic and Social Dimensions of Survival in Sacramento's West End" by Donald Siersdale 1967

box 6, folder 27

Homeless and Poverty Statistics undated

box 6, folder 28

Sacramento Bee articles 1967; 1984-1987

box 6, folder 29

Sacramento Bee articles 1987-1989

box 6, folder 30

Sacramento Bee articles 1990-2000

box 7, folder 1

"Case re number of children" People vs Loaves & Fishes 96AS05366 undated

box 7, folder 2

Housing Policy Debate undated

box 7, folder 3

Railyards 1991

box 7, folder 4

Loaves & Fishes Battle with city - Bee articles 1994-1996

box 7, folder 5

Loaves & Fishes Battle with city - Bee articles 1996-1997

box 7, folder 6

Loaves & Fishes litigation - annotated excerpts ca. 1995

box 7, folder 8

Loaves & Fishes litigation - exhibits 1-4 ca. 1995

box 7, folder 9

Loaves & Fishes litigation - exhibits 5-19 ca. 1995

box 7, folder 10

Loaves & Fishes litigation - exhibits 20-31 ca. 1995

box 7, folder 11

Loaves & Fishes litigation - exhibits 32-57 ca. 1995

box 7, folder 12

Loaves & Fishes litigation - exhibits 58-84 ca. 1995

box 7, folder 13-14

Railroad Strike 1894

box 7, folder 15

Building the Metropolis / art and architecture undated

box 7, folder 16

Catholic Herald Annuals 1913; 1918; 1919

box 7, folder 17

Catholic Herald excerpts 1920-1939

box 7, folder 18

Superior California Register excerpts 1946-1949

box 7, folder 19

Catholic Herald excerpts 1950-1955

box 7, folder 20

Catholic Herald excerpts 1956-1959

box 7, folder 21

Catholic Herald excerpts 1960-1966

box 7, folder 22

Catholic Herald excerpts 1969-1979

box 7, folder 23

Catholic Herald excerpts 1980-1983

box 7, folder 24

Catholic Herald excerpts 1984-1990

box 7, folder 25

Catholic Herald excerpts 1990-1996

box 7, folder 26

"The Church and Urban Development in Sacramento, 1896-1926" by Steven M. Avella undated

box 7, folder 27

"Sacramento and the Catholic Church" outline and notes undated

box 15, folder 9

Fr. Dan Madigan's Newsletter undated


Series 3. The Catholic Diocese of Sacramento

Scope and Contents

This series consists of secondary material that Avella gathered for a history of the Diocese and a series of anniversary essays in the Diocesan newspaper, the Catholic Herald. It includes material that places Sacramento within a state and regional context, and material on religious orders, Bishops, and other leaders. It has been broken up into the following four subseries.

Subseries 3.1. Regionalism and Religion

Scope and Contents

This subseries documents Avella's historiographic foundation with articles containing various interpretations of the role region plays in patterns of religious life in the United States. It also includes Diocesan "Church and State" files with articles and correspondence concerning pending legislation from 1871 to 1970.
box 7, folder 28

"The Church and the Sword: Catholicism in California's Central Valley" by Steven M. Avella 2001

box 7, folder 29

Parish Lists - Diocese of Stockton, Diocese of Sacramento undated

box 7, folder 30

Convocation 2000 surveys, correspondence; California and the Priesthood (Avella); Bishop Quinn: The Priest of the future in the Church of the future ca. 2000

box 7, folder 31

"California Catholicism" notes and bibliographic search undated

box 7, folder 32

20th century American West Montana-Washington bibliographic search undated

box 8, folder 1

"Regionalism and Religion" notes and articles undated


Includes "Regionalism & Religion in America" (Brauer); "Religious Geography of the US" (Zelinsky); 'To Build the Catholic City" (Kantowicz).
box 8, folder 2

"Regionalism and Religion" notes and articles undated


Includes "California & the Southwest" (Frankiel); Frontier Catholicism (Spalding); "Religion, Community & Place" (Williams); "A Place interchangeable with the rest of the US?" (Firth-Anderson); "Sorting out the Suburbs" (O'Connor); "Emergence of California in American Religious Historiography" (Ernst); "Religion in the West" (Topping); "American Religious History from a Pacific Coast Perspective" (Ernst); "Development of an Urban Civilization..." (Larsen & Branyan)
box 8, folder 3

"Regionalism and Religion" notes and articles undated


Includes "Religion and Region in America"; (Hill); "A New Regionalization of American Religion" (Shortridge); "Religion in the South: A tradition recovered" (Boles); "A model rural parish: priests & people in Michigan..." (Tentler); "The Church of New York: past and present" (Dolan); "The Progress of the Church in the United States" (Rameur); "The Church in the US 1870-1920" (Guilday); "Catholicism in the Building of the Nation" (Maguire)
box 8, folder 4

"Regionalism and Religion" notes and articles undated


Includes "Catholic Education in Boston" (Quinlan); "Catholicity in Allegheny & Garrett Counties…" (Corrigan); "Some Implications of Population Trends…" (Baker); "Standing Shoulder to Shoulder" (Specht); "The Mission Ranchos" (Weber)
box 8, folder 5

U.S. Census, Religious Bodies 1860-1936

box 8, folder 6

A History of the Archdiocese of San Francisco 1885-1945

box 8, folder 7

Catholic San Francisco - articles undated

box 8, folder 8

Contra Costa County undated

box 8, folder 9

California Counties (excerpts from county histories) undated

box 8, folder 11

"Catholic California" notes and articles undated


Includes "History of the City to the History of the Urbanized Society" (Hays); "Understanding the Urban West" (Schnell) ; "New West, True West" (Worster); "Beautiful Downtown Burbank" (Abbott); "Architectural Legacy of Sacramento" (Baird); "In search of God's Gold" (Loofbourow); "Catholic California" (Weber); "And some fell on good ground" (Sheridan); "Scrapbook The Franciscan Boys College" (Academy); "Sisters of Mercy"; "Fifty Years of Catholic California" (Weber); "Catholicity in California" (Weber); "Scrapbook California Catholics in 1848" (Academy); "Certain Churches in the West"; "Parish Missions in 1885"; "Charitable Beginnings in LA"; "LA Chancery Archives"
box 8, folder 12

"Catholic California" notes and articles undated


"Building the Best" (Burns); "The Dream & the Challenge" (Starr); "Will the real Californian please stand up?" (Limerick); "California's Catholic heritage" (Weber); "List of Catholic Institutions in California, 1850-1860"; "Parishes in Monterey and San Francisco"; "Bibliographic Search California Catholic Church 1800"; "California Mission as Symbol and Myth" (Rawls); "California Mission Indian Commission of 1891" (Mathes); "Fifty Years of Catholicity in California" (Dominicana)
box 8, folder 13

"Catholic California" articles undated


"California & the Church: a Report (Vaughan, 1866); "Myths, Mythologies & the California Missions" (Weber); "The Catholic Church among the pioneers" (Lyons); "Transfer of Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, 1840-1853" (Geary); "Development of Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction..." (Weber); "A light in the darkness: Edward Hanna" (Gribble); "Mary Julia Workman: the Catholic Conscience of LA" (Engh); "Catholic Church in Southern California" (Weber); "Americanization, Conflict & Convergence" (Isetti)
box 8, folder 14

Diocesan History Drafts with comments from Bishop Weigand, Bishop Quinn, and others undated

box 8, folder 15

Diocesan History drafts, notes, comments undated

box 8, folder 16

A History of the Diocese of Sacramento 1850-1979, editions 1-4 undated

box 8, folder 17

Anti-Catholicism - Sacramento Bee & Monitor article, transcripts; Hunt The Heydey of the Denver APA, 1892-1894 undated

box 8, folder 18

Anti-Catholicism - accounts of KKK incident in 1922 undated

box 8, folder 19



"The Rise & Fall of the Know-Nothings in California" (Hurt); "The Bigot Disclosed: 90 Years of Nativism" (Clark); "The Ku Klux Klan in Politics in the 1920s" (Chalmers); "Review & Rebuttals re Peter Burnett's The Path which led a Protestant lawyer to the Catholic Church" (1860); "Pulpits & Politics: Anti-Catholicism in Boston..." (Kennedy); "The American Party, 1886-1891" (Higham)
box 8, folder 20

Church & State - Diocesan file including articles and correspondence related to legislation 1871-1929

box 8, folder 21

Church & State - Diocesan file including articles and correspondence related to legislation 1940-1951

box 8, folder 22

Church & State - Diocesan file including articles and correspondence related to legislation 1952-1970

box 9, folder 1

Church & State - Education 1948

box 9, folder 2

"The Church & Prop. 14: Catholic Civil Rights Activism and Dissent in California" by Steven M. Avella undated

box 15, folder 10

Central Valley Counties, Placer County, Yuba County undated


Subseries 3.2. Catholic Institutions

Scope and Contents

This subseries contains Avella's subject files on religious orders, schools, and other Catholic institutions serving in the Diocese of Sacramento. Files contain correspondence, memoirs, and contemporaneous newspaper articles.
box 9, folder 3

All Hallows Seminary, Ireland correspondence 1890-1927; 1930-36

box 9, folder 4

All Hallows Seminary, Ireland correspondence 1937-1964

box 9, folder 5

All Hallows Seminary, Ireland correspondence 1950-1959

box 9, folder 6

All Hallows Seminary, Ireland correspondence 1960-1966

box 9, folder 7

Air Base Catholics undated

box 9, folder 8

Bishop Armstrong High School undated

box 9, folder 9

Carmelites undated

box 9, folder 10

Catholic Conference; Catholic Journalism; Catholic Social Service undated

box 9, folder 11

Catholic Worker House of Hospitality undated

box 9, folder 12

Catholic Church Extension Society undated

box 9, folder 13

Cemeteries undated

box 9, folder 14

Cenacle Sisters undated

box 9, folder 15

Chancery Office; Charitable Homes undated

box 9, folder 16

Diocesan Finances undated

box 9, folder 17

Diocesan Plan 1984

box 9, folder 18

Folsom Prison Ministry undated

box 9, folder 19

Fraternal Organizations: Catholic Ladies Relief Society; Knights of Columbus; Catholic Daughters of America undated

box 9, folder 20

Fraternal Organizations: Young Ladies' Institute; Young Men's Institute undated

box 9, folder 21

Grace Day Home undated

box 9, folder 22

Grace Day Home - Sisters' Memoirs undated

box 9, folder 23

Grace Day Home - Reports to Diocese undated

box 9, folder 24

Hospitals undated

box 9, folder 25

Jesuits undated

box 9, folder 26

Ladies of Loretto undated

box 9, folder 27

Liturgical Commission 1964

box 9, folder 28

Mercy High, Carmichael undated

box 9, folder 29-31

Mercy Hospital undated


Sisters' memoirs in folder 30
box 9, folder 32

Mercy Hospital Foundation undated

box 9, folder 33

Passionists - Christ the King Retreat House undated

box 9, folder 34-35

Priests of the Diocese undated

box 9, folder 36

Priests' Senate undated

box 9, folder 37

St. Patrick's Home, Franklin Blvd. undated

box 9, folder 38-39

St. Patrick's Home, Grass Valley undated

box 9, folder 40

St. Pius X Seminary undated

box 9, folder 41-44

Christian Brothers undated

box 15, folder 11

Christian Brothers - Minute of Agreement; Isetti, The Latin Question 1924

box 10, folder 1

Stanford Home - Sisters of Social Service undated

box 10, folder 2

Stanford Home - State Interpretive Plan undated

box 15, folder 13

Stanford Home undated

box 10, folder 3-5

Sisters of St. Francis undated

box 10, folder 6-9

Sisters of Mercy undated

box 15, folder 12

Sisters of Mercy - notes of events ca. 1850-1900


Subseries 3.3. Catholic Leaders

Scope and Contents

This subseries contains biographical subject files for lay and religious leaders, with the largest files for Bishops Manogue, Armstrong, and McGucken.
box 10, folder 10

Prominent Laity undated

box 10, folder 11

David Lubin undated

box 10, folder 12

Philos 1851-1853

box 10, folder 13

Philos, secondary materials 1854-1858

box 10, folder 14-15, box 15, folder 14

Thomas Connelly (editor of the Catholic Herald) undated

box 10, folder 16-17, Mapcase MC 4:4, folder 5-6

Monsignor Thomas Capel undated

box 10, folder 18

Interviews undated

box 10, folder 19

Juan de Rosen undated

box 10, folder 20

Dictionary of the American Hierarchy; Catholic Encyclopedia excerpts undated

box 10, folder 21

Father Hennabury undated

box 10, folder 22

Monsignor Horrigan (Marysville) undated

box 10, folder 23

Monsignor Patrick O'Neill undated

box 10, folder 24

Father Renwald undated

box 10, folder 25

Bishop O'Connell - correspondence, Ireland, Monitor articles undated

box 10, folder 26

Bishop Manogue - correspondence, reports, articles undated

box 10, folder 27

Bishop Manogue - correspondence, transcripts, notes undated

box 10, folder 28

Bishop Manogue - correspondence, Monitor articles undated

box 10, folder 29

Bishop Manogue - Kline Manogue - Miner, Priest, Pastor, Bishop undated

box 10, folder 30, Mapcase MC 4:4, folder 5-6

Bishop Manogue undated


Includes "St. Mary's in the Mountains" (Lapomarda); "Hartford's Irish Catholic Community" (Duffy); "Old World Antecedents, New World Adaptations" (Mannion); "Gold Rush Priest" (Barron); "Pagan Bob on the Comstock" (Kleber); "Cathedral on the Comstock" (McGloin); "Pioneer Catholicism in Eastern & Southern Nevada" (Olson)
box 15, folder 15

Bishop Manogue - statement of the priests of Grass Valley; correspondence undated

box 10, folder 31

Bishop Grace - correspondence, articles undated

box 10, folder 32

Bishop Grace - Manogues's will undated

box 10, folder 33

Bishop Grace - correspondence undated

box 15, folder 16

Bishop Grace - certificates Catholic Extension Society undated

box 11, folder 1, box 15, folder 17, Mapcase MC 4:4, folder 5-6

Bishop Keane undated

box 11, folder 2

Bishop Armstrong - early life and student days undated

box 11, folder 3

Bishop Armstrong - Yakima years undated

box 11, folder 4

Bishop Armstrong - Spokane undated

box 11, folder 5, Mapcase MC 4:4, folder 5-6

Bishop Armstrong - Register & Catholic Herald excerpts, correspondence, notes undated

box 11, folder 6

Bishop Armstrong - newspaper articles, notes undated

box 11, folder 7

Bishop Armstrong - drafts and comments for Avella's "Bishop Armstrong & the changing landscape of Northern California Catholic Life" undated

box 11, folder 8

Bishop Armstrong - Catholic education undated

box 11, folder 9

Bishop McGucken - LA background; Vatican II correspondence undated

box 11, folder 10

Bishop McGucken - Weber memoir; 1979 interview, correspondence ca. 1979

box 11, folder 11

Bishop Bell - correspondence, The Month of Mary (devotional) sermons, notes on Vatican II sermons, notes on Vatican II undated

box 11, folder 12

Bishop Bell - correspondence, talks, sermons, transcripts of Archdiocese of LA archival material undated

box 11, folder 13, Mapcase MC 4:4, folder 5-6

Bishop Bell - transcripts of AALA material; Catholic Herald excerpts; correspondence, talks, sermons undated

box 11, folder 14

Bishop Bell - sociology notebooks 1-3 1927

box 11, folder 15

Bishop Quinn undated

box 11, folder 16

Bishop Weigand - Sacramento Bee excerpts undated

box 11, folder 17

Bishop Weigand - Sacramento Bee excerpts, Gray Davis "excommunication," Cathedral renovation undated

box 11, folder 18

Bishop Weigand - Bee excerpts undated

box 11, folder 19

Bishop Gallegos undated

box 11, folder 20

Bishop Garcia undated

box 11, folder 21

Bishop Soto undated

box 15, folder 18

John Quinn undated

box 11, folder 22

Catholic Herald Centennial Essays - Rough Drafts - Bishops undated

box 11, folder 23

Catholic Herald Centennial Essays - Rough Drafts - Ethnic Groups undated

box 11, folder 24

Catholic Herald Centennial Essays - Rough Drafts - Religious Orders undated

box 11, folder 25

Newspaper Clippings and Index Cards undated


See also Series 4.
box 11, folder 26

Loose photos (copies) undated

box 11, folder 27

Loose photos (copies) undated

Mapcase MC 4:4, folder 4-6

Bishop McGucken - Catholic Herald, The Tidings 1941; 1962; 1987

Mapcase MC 4:4, folder 4

Bishop Bell - Siskiyou News, Tulelake Reporter, The Tidings, Monitor, LA Herald Express 1944-1962


Subseries 3.4. Parishes - Diocese of Sacramento

Scope and Contents

This subseries includes parish histories from throughout the Sacramento Diocese. For the most part, it does not contain the extra documentation of the earlier series on Sacramento city and suburban parishes. (Missions are not included in the folder listing.)
box 11, folder 28

Parish Lists undated

box 11, folder 29

Parish Statistics, Mass Attendance undated

box 12, folder 1

Memoir - Francis Burke (parishes and priests of Altura and Yreka) undated

box 12, folder 2

Memoir - Fr. John De Andreis ("It Was Born of Faith") undated

box 12, folder 3

Humboldt & Del Norte Co; Assumption, Truckee; Corpus Christi, Tahoe City; Divine Savior, Orangevale; Holy Cross, Tule Lake; Holy Cross; West Sacramento undated

box 12, folder 4

Holy Family- Citrus Heights undated

box 12, folder 5

Holy Family - Weed; Holy Rosary - Woodland undated

box 12, folder 6

Immaculate Conception - Colusa, Downieville, Smartville, andSutter Creek undated

box 12, folder 7

Our Lady of Grace - West Sacramento undated

box 12, folder 8

Our Lady of Lourdes - Colusa, West Sacramento undated

box 12, folder 9

Our Lady of Mercy - Redding; Our Lady of the Snows - Westwood undated

box 12, folder 10

Sacred Heart - Alturas, Anderson, Gridley, Maxwell undated

box 12, folder 11

Sacred Heart - Red Bluff, Susanville undated

box 12, folder 12

St. Anthony's - Sacramento (Pocket), Walnut Grove undated

box 12, folder 13

St. Basil's - Vallejo; St. Bernard's - Eureka; St. Canice's - Nevada City undated

box 12, folder 14

St. Christopher's - Galt undated

box 13, folder 1

St. Dominic's - Benicia, Colfax, Orland undated

box 13, folder 2

St. Isidore's - Yuba City; St. James' - Davis; St. Johns - Dunsmuir, Quincy undated

box 13, folder 3

St. John the Baptist - Chico undated

box 13, folder 4

St. John the Baptist - Folsom; parish reports - St. John the Baptist, St. Mel's of Fair Oaks (mission of St. John's) undated

box 13, folder 5

St. Joseph's - Auburn, Clarksburg (Portuguese) undated

box 13, folder 6

St. Joseph's - Elk Grove, Lincoln, McCloud, Redding (Gleeson, Outpost on Poverty Flat), Yreka undated

box 13, folder 7

St. Mary's - Vacaville; St. Monica's - Willows; St. Patrick's - Grass Valley, Jackson undated

box 13, folder 8

St. Paul's - Knight's Landing, Sacramento; St. Peter's - Dixon; St. Peter & Paul's - Rocklin; St. Philip's - Sacramento (Byzantine Rite) undated

box 13, folder 9

St. Theresa's - South Lake Tahoe; St. Therese - Isleton undated

box 13, folder 10

St. Thomas' - Oroville; St. Thomas More - Paradise; Vietnamese martyrs in Sacramento undated


Series 4. Full newspapers

Scope and Contents

This series contains full newspapers used by Avella in his research. Many of the newspapers are from the Bishops McGucken and Bell biographical files.
Mapcase MC 4:4, folder 1

The Monitor, The Tidings 1941-1946

Mapcase MC 4:4, folder 2

Superior California Register 1935-1946

Mapcase MC 4:4, folder 3

Sacramento Bee, Sacramento Union undated

Mapcase MC 4:4, folder 4

Various newspapers 1944-1998


Includes the Tulelake Reporter (1944-09); Siskiyou Daily News (1947-11); LA Herald Express (1958-10); Evening Star (1962-01); The City (1997-06); Inside the City (1998-09)
Mapcase MC 4:4, folder 5-6

Catholic Herald 1911-1970

box 16

Series 5. Index cards

Scope and Contents

This series contains Avella's handwritten index cards and copies of the Center for Sacramento History's subject index cards to the Sacramento Bee and Sacramento Union, mostly on Depression-era subjects.