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McDonnell, Kilian, O.S.B. Papers

Identifier: MC04


Collection includes personal and professional papers, publication by and about Fr. Kilian and the Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research (re-named the Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research in 2006), his research, scholarship and poetry. Most of its contents are listed on the SJU Archives website (under Finding Aids/Inventory List/ with the MC04 Object ID designation. His poetry drafts and bibliographical annotations are not indexed individually on the website.


  • 1955 - 2010



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The files are organized alphabetically by folder name.

Fr. Kilian’s poetry drafts are shelved thus: Shelf 007/5 (Box 1): Poems Volume 1 A-D Shelf 007/6 (Box 2): Poems Volume 1 E-M Shelf 007/6 (Box 3): Poems Volume 1 N-Y Shelf 007/7 (Box 4): Poems Volume 2 A-Y (April 26, 2010) Shelf 007/7 (Box 5): Poems May-July 2008 and June-July 2008

A list of the poem titles, not necessarily complete, can be found in Box 1.

Box 1 also includes two other 3-ring binders: 1. “Archives – Publications – Volume 1” which includes copies of publications in which Kilian’s poetry was published, e.g. Confrere, the ISTI Sun, the National Catholic Reporter, and the newsletter of the Ecumenical Institute. 2. “Poetry Archive Volume 2 Begun around the 5th of July, 2007” – there appears to be no index or title listing of the poems in this binder.

Box 5 also includes: 1. Small 3-ring binder with spine label “Poetry Archive – Index to Volume 1” (containing 2007 and 2010 lists by title, first revised date, and last revised date). 2. Small 3-ring binder with spine label “Archives – 3 x 5 Card File Index” [which identifies access points to Kilian’s bibliographic card file, which can be found in the southwest corner of Alcuin Library’s Lower Level as of Dec. 2010]. 3. A large 3-ring binder labeled “Publications” containing: a. Handwritten poetry drafts in spiral notebooks b. Large envelope labeled: “Poems received back from Tom McKeown with critique Oct. 27, 2001” c. Large envelope labeled “Poems received back from Tom McKeown” d. Large envelope labeled “Poems Critiqued by Michael Dennis Browne, Iowa Writers Workshop, Summer 2000 or 2001” e. In the binder itself: poetry drafts, some handwritten, some typed, and some newspaper clippings.

McDonnell, Kilian, O.S.B., 1921-. Papers, 1955-2010.
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Repository Details

Part of the Saint John's University Archives and Special Collections Repository

P O Box 2500
Alcuin Library
Collegeville Minnesota 56321 United States