Christopher Dawson (1889-1970) was an English Catholic intellectual and author of books, articles, and scholarly monographs on the relation of religion and culture and the Christian sources for the development of western civilization. His intellectual interests were remarkably comprehensive and covered a wide range of historical periods and cultural contexts. Lecturer in the History of Culture, University College, Exeter, Gifford Lecturer, and first recipient of the Chauncey Stillman Chair of Roman Catholic Studies at Harvard University (1958-1962), Dawson was also editor of the Dublin Review.
Restrictions: There are no restrictions on the use of the collection for research purposes.
The copyright to all materials in the Christopher Dawson Papers at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN is held by the executors of the Christopher Dawson Estate (London, U.K.). All requests for the reproduction or publication of materials in the collection will be reviewed and determined by the executor and their literary agents.
The Christopher Dawson estate may be contacted through: Professor D. J. Briel, Chair, Center for Catholic Studies, University of St. Thomas, 2115 Summit Ave., St. Paul, MN. 55105-1096.
The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property and libel laws as they apply.
St. Thomas More College in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada purchased the collection in 1975 from Christiana Scott (daughter of Christopher Dawson). It resided there until 1997 when St. Thomas More College, through Loome Theological Booksellers, offered the collection for purchase. The Center for Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas purchased the collection through a gift of Eugene and Faye Sitzmann. Additional materials were added to the collection in 2003 from the estate of Christina Dawson Scott.
The books from Christopher Dawson's personal library have been cataloged and are filed in the Special Collections Department. Cataloging information on these books has been entered into the University of St. Thomas' online public access library catalog (designated OSF-Special-Dawson).
A digital collection of a portion of the Christopher Dawson Papers can be found on the University of St. Thomas' CONTENTdm site.
Scope and Contents: The Christopher Dawson papers include manuscripts of his publications, correspondence with colleagues and publishers, and Dawson's extensive library of works on philosophy, theology, Christian education, the history of religion, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States.