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Dorothy Day — Catholic Worker Collection

    The Dorothy Day Catholic Worker Collection is housed in Marquette University’s Raynor Memorial Libraries. In 2008, Marquette University Press published The Duty of Delight: The Diaries of Dorothy Day, a 700-plus page, fully indexed compilation of the personal diaries of Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement and one of the most influential lay people in the history of American Catholicism. the diaries show the human, everyday side of Day, beginning in 1934 and continuing until a few days before her death in 1980. Marquette’s archival staff selected Robert Ellsberg, publisher of Orbis Books, to edit the Day diaries. He was selected for his publishing expertise and for knowing Day during the last five years of her life.

    The collection includes:

    • Personal papers of Day and Maurin and others involved in the movement
    • Records of past and present Catholic Worker communities
    • Photographs
    • Audio and videotapes of interviews, speeches, television programs and peace demonstrations
    • Variety of publications

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