The Christopher Dawson Collection

Christopher Dawson at table with book

Christopher Dawson (1889-1970) was an English Catholic intellectual and author of books, articles, and scholarly monographs on the relations 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 at University College, Exeter, and 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.

The Dawson Collection is part of the collection of the Center for Catholic Studies, a gift of Eugene and Faye Sitzmann of St. Paul. The Special Collections Department holds the collection. The Christopher Dawson collection includes 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.

The collection of works from Christopher Dawson's personal library has been cataloged and is housed in Special Collections. Cataloging information on these books has been entered into LibrarySearch (holdings designated by the location OSF-Special-Dawson).

Additionally, the personal papers of Christina Dawson Scott (CHD's daughter) were given to the University of St. Thomas in 2002. Her papers deal mainly with the Dawson Centenary Celebration and the publication of the biography of her father.