Sister M. Roberta Melchner collection of Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. materials
Scope and Contents
The Sister M. Roberta Melchner collection of Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. materials documents Sr. M. Roberta Melchner’s research on the Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-89). While working on her graduate degree, she assembled a library of works by and about Hopkins. The Gerard Manley Hopkins collection of books assembled by Sr. M. Roberta has been cataloged as part of the rare book collection of Loyola Notre Dame Library. The remainder of Sr. M. Roberta's materials form this collection, consisting of off-prints of critical studies of Hopkins’ work, Sr. Roberta’s research, and materials she collected about Hopkins for exhibitions.
- Creation: 1882-1989
- Creation: Majority of material found within 1920-1975
- Melcher, Mary Roberta, 1901-1975 (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is located at the Loyola Notre Dame Library. Contact Archives and Special Collections for more information.
This collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
The Sister M. Roberta Melchner collection of Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. materials is the physical property of Archives and Special Collections, Loyola Notre Dame Library. Copyright, except in cases where material has passed into the public domain, belongs to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns.
Biographical / Historical
Mary Roberta Melchner, S.S.N.D, was born September 2, 1901 in New York City. She received an M.A. from Boston College in 1942 with the thesis “Hopkins and the Common Man,” and remained actively engaged in the study of Hopkins for the rest of her life. She taught English at the Girls’ Catholic High School in Malden, MA for more than 35 years, and also taught and served in New Hampshire and New Jersey. Sister M. Roberta Melchner died July 24, 1975, at the age of 73.
Source: "Sister Mary Roberta Melchner, SSND," Box 56, Folder 1, Sister M. Roberta Melchner collection of Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. materials, SC.002, Archives and Special Collections, Loyola Notre Dame Library.
Biographical / Historical
Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. was an English poet and Jesuit priest, who published few poems during his lifetime but received critical acclaim and recognition as one of the leading Victorian poets after his death. Hopkins was born July 28, 1844 to Manley and Catherine (Smith) Hopkins. His family were both artistic and deeply religious Anglicans. He studied classics at Balliol College, Oxford (1863-1867)and in 1868 began his Jesuit novitiate. During his Jesuit service Hopkins taught, served as curate at several churches, and continued to write poetry.
Hopkins died of typhoid fever on June 8, 1889. Although he had burned all his poems upon entering the Jesuit novitiate, he had sent some to his friend and fellow poet Robert Bridges. Bridges published the first collected edition of Hopkins' work in 1918.
“Gerard Manley Hopkins.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 26 July 2018, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerard_Manley_Hopkins. Accessed 10 October 2018.
22.73 Cubic Feet (49 half size legal document boxes, 5 tall legal document boxes, 4 records center cartons, 6 flat boxes)
Language of Materials
The Sister M. Roberta Melchner collection of Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. materials documents Sr. M. Roberta Melchner’s research on the Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-89). The collection includes off-prints of critical studies of Hopkins' work as well as Sr. M. Roberta's correspondence, research, and exhibit files.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Sister M. Roberta Melchner donated this collection to the Fourier Library at the College of Notre Dame in the late 1940s, and continued adding materials to the collection for the remainder of her life. The collection was later transferred to Loyola Notre Dame Library.
This collection was processed in 2015 by Anna Clarkson and Scott Hollis.
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