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Vatican II Collection

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The Vatican II Collection includes more than 1,400 documents divided into two major sections. The first section consists of working drafts, voting summaries, news service reports and other documents that were circulated during the four sessions that comprised the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). The second section contains copies of most of the schemata generated by the post-conciliar commissions responsible for implementing liturgical reforms.

The bulk of the materials in the collection were donated by Rev. John Rotelle, O.S.A., in 1984. Previously, Rev. Mark G. McGrath, C.S.C., and Rev. Edward L. Heston, C.S.C., had donated their collections of draft schemata of the conciliar documents to the University Libraries. These schemata were bound and cataloged; their holdings overlap to a great extent the schemata included with Rev. Rotelle's donation, but the conciliar documents finding aid provides a complete inventory of all copies of the schemata.

Finding lists for both the conciliar and post-conciliar series are available as Adobe Acrobat PDF files below. The finding lists for both may also be consulted in the Special Collections Reading Room [Reference BX 830 1962 .A48 V37 1991].

Finding Lists for the Conciliar Documents Series

Finding List for the Post-Conciliar Documents Series