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Oral history interviews

Repository: Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. Archival Center

Collection Description (CRHP): Many SCNs were involved in the movement in various roles, including marching in Selma and bandaging the feet of marchers in other areas. The archives does have records of these activities, including in its oral history collection of some 73 oral histories. Mary Ellen Doyle discusses her participation in the movement in an oral history and so does at least one other sister.

Collection Description (Extant): In 1810, Benedict Joseph Flaget became the first bishop of the Diocese of Bardstown, which included the states of Kentucky, Tennessee, and Ohio, and the territories of Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan. The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth (SCN), a society of religious women, was established in 1812 and directed by Father (later Bishop) John Baptist David. Their first superior was Catherine Spalding, who provided strong leadership for forty-five years. The Sisters discuss their personal histories, their ministries, other Sisters, former mother superiors, community residents, the changes brought about in the church and the SCN community by the Second Vatican Council (1962--1965), and a fire in Nazareth on January 2, 1979. They discuss missionary work in Bardstown, Hardinsburg, London, Louisville, Ludlow, Morganfield, and Nazareth, Kentucky; Barton, Bellaire, Columbus, Corning, Dennison, and Martins Ferry, Ohio; Klamath Falls, Oregon; Roanoke, Virginia; Mercy Hospital in Mount Vernon, Ohio; and St. Mary's Academy in Leonardtown, Maryland.

Access Copy Note: Inventory, unedited transcripts for some interviews. One interview is restricted.

Collection URL: External Link

Digital Status: No

Extent: approx. 73 audio cassettes (69 hours); approx. 73 transcripts

Language: English

Interviewees: Mary Ellen Doyle

Rights (Extant): Some may not have release forms or may be limited in the scope of the release.


Catholic Church--Social aspects
Civil rights movements--Alabama
Civil rights workers--Alabama
Civil rights--Religious aspects--Catholic Church
Selma (Ala.)
Selma to Montgomery Rights March (1965 : Selma, Ala.)
Sisters of Charity of Nazareth (Nazareth, Ky.)


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