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John G. Deedy, Jr. Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SC041-DEED

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of correspondence and writings of Jack Deedy and is arranged in four series. The first series contains Deedy’s personal correspondence with Bishop Wright dating from 1951 to 1981. This correspondence, a mixture of handwritten and typed letters, mostly concerned with editorials and newspapers. There are letters from Pittsburg and postcards from when Deedy visited Rome. Finally, the series holds newspaper clippings, personal notes, as well as Bishop Wright’s will. The next series contains correspondence with a variety of people and dates from 1951 to 1989. The majority of this correspondence is from newspaper editors from Catholic presses across the country. Most of these materials are typewritten and some include photocopies of newspaper articles. The third series contains photocopied articles written by Deedy and published in various Catholic magazines and newspapers. These articles are arranged by publication, and include magazines, “Ave Maria,” “Generation,” and “The Critic.” Deedy’s topics are diverse, yet all center on contemporary Catholic issues. The articles date from the 1950s through the 1990s. The final series contains a scrapbook created by Jack Deedy. It includes photographs and newspaper clippings from Deedy’s years at Holy Cross and particularly focuses on Holy Cross sports teams from the 1930s and 1940s.


  • 1948-1996

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions

Conditions Governing Use

Materials believed to be under copyright or other restrictions are available for limited noncommercial, educational and personal use only, or for fair use as defined by United States copyright law and with proper citation. Please note that the College of the Holy Cross may not hold the rights to all items in this collection. Users assume responsibility for identifying all copyright holders and for determining whether permission is needed to make any use of the content. For permission under rights held by the College, please contact

Biographical Note

John “Jack” G. Deedy, Jr. was born in Worcester, MA in 1923. He graduated from Holy Cross in 1948 and went on to study at Trinity College in Dublin. A writer by profession, he worked at the Worcester Telegram & Gazette starting in high school. He was asked by Bishop Wright to become the founding editor of the Worcester-based Catholic Free Press, a position he held from 1951 – 1959. He was editor of The Pittsburgh Catholic from 1959 – 1967, and managing editor of Commonweal from 1967 – 1978. He wrote over 20 books and published articles on a variety of topics in several magazines and newspapers. Deedy died on April 13, 2006.


3.45 Cubic Feet (9 boxes)

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Acquisition Note

Gift of John G. Deedy Jr., 1983

Related Materials

John G. Deedy, Jr. Papers (GTM-GAMMS262) held by Booth Family Center for Special Collections, Georgetown University.

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