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Timothy George Walch Papers

Identifier: 31/6/165

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Scope and Contents

The papers of Timothy Walch are arranged into eight series:

Educational Materials: This series is composed of correspondence, class papers, yearbooks and materials related to Walch’s education at the University of Notre Dame and Northwestern University.

Prologue Records and Materials: This series includes a range of documentation on the planning editing and general management of Prologue: The Quarterly of the National Archives from 1982 to 1988 and the operations of the Publications Development Branch at NARA.

Employment Files and Hoover Library Materials: This series includes employment records, 1978-2010; Hoover Library quarterly reports. 1988-2011; and files on publication projects and video productions related to Herbert Hoover and presidential libraries.

Personal Correspondence, 1966-2015: This series includes letters and other communication between Walch and his friends and family.

Professional Correspondence, 1969-2014: This series includes letters and other communications between Walch and his professional colleagues.

Public and Professional Service, 1975-2016: This series includes teaching materials, conference papers, committee files, and consultant reports.

Articles, Essays, and Columns on Varied Historical Topics, 1977-2013: This series includes first drafts and published copies of articles on a broad range of topics. Of particular note are copies of more than a hundred newspaper columns that have appeared in daily newspapers and magazines.

Articles and Essays on American Catholicism, 1974-2013: This series includes articles on the Catholic Church and Catholicism in the United States with a particular emphasis on the evolution of Catholic parochial education.


  • 1966-2016


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Archivist and historian Timothy Walch received a Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1975. His main field of research was American Catholicism. His papers fill eight cartons and document his life, career, and publications.


The papers of Timothy Walch are organized into: educational materials; Prologue records and materials (arranged by date); employment files and Hoover Library naterials; personal correspondence (arranged by date); professional correspondence (arranged by date); public and professional service (chiefly arranged by date); articles, essays, and columns on varied historical topics; articles and essays on American Catholicism (arranged by date).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Timothy Walch donated his papers to the Northwestern University Archives as Accession #16-126 on June 10, 2016.

Separated Materials


Major Publications Written or Edited by Timothy Walch, 1976-2016

Author, Coralville “Images of America” (Charleston, SC, Arcadia Publishing, 2015)

Editor [with Thomas C. Hunt and David J. O’Brien] Urban Catholic Education: The Best of Times, The Worst of Times (New York, Peter Lang Publishing, 2013)

Editor, Herbert Hoover and Dwight D. Eisenhower: A Documentary History (New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013)

Editor [with Thomas C. Hunt], Urban Catholic Education: Tales of Twelve American Cities (Notre Dame, IN, Alliance for Catholic Education Press at the University of Notre Dame, 2010)

Author, Parish School: American Catholic Parochial Education from Colonial Times to the Present, [Paperback reprint of 1996 book of the same title] (Washington, DC, National Catholic Educational Association, 2003)

Editor, Uncommon Americans: The Lives and Legacies of Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover “Contributions in American History,” No. 200, (Westport, CT, Praeger Publishers, 2003) Editor [with Dwight M. Miller], Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Documentary History “Contributions in American History” No. 182 (Westport, CT, Greenwood Publishing Group, 1998)

Editor, At the President’s Side: The Vice Presidency in the Twentieth Century (Columbia, MO, University of Missouri Press, 1997)

Author, Parish School: American Catholic Parochial Education from Colonial Times to the Present (New York, NY, Crossroad/Herder Publishing, 1996)

Editor, Immigrant America: European Ethnicity in the United States (New York, NY, Garland Publishing, 1994)

Editor [with Dwight M. Miller], Herbert Hoover and Harry S. Truman: A Documentary History (Worland, WY, High Plains Publishing, 1992)

Editor [with Richard Norton Smith], Farewell to the Chief: Former Presidents in American Public Life (Worland, WY, High Plains Publishing, 1990)

Author, Pope John Paul II, “World Leaders Past and Present,” (New York, NY, Chelsea House, 1989)

Author, Catholicism in America, “An Anvil Book,” (Melbourne, FL, Robert Krieger Publishing, 1989)

Author, The Diverse Origins of American Catholic Education; Chicago, Milwaukee and the Nation, “Heritage of American Catholicism,” (New York, NY Garland Publishing, 1988)

Editor, Early American Catholicism, 1634-1820: Selected Historical Essays, “Heritage of American Catholicism,” (New York, NY, Garland Publishing, 1988)

Author, Pope John XXIII, “World Leaders Past and Present,” (New York, NY, Chelsea House, 1987)

Editor, Our Family, Our Town: Essays on Family and Local History Sources in the National Archives (Washington, DC, National Archives and Records Administration, 1987)

Editor, Guardian of Heritage: Essays on the History of the National Archives (Washington, DC, National Archives and Records Service, 1985)

Editor [with Maygene F. Daniels], A Modern Archives Reader: Basic Readings on Archival Theory and Practice (Washington, DC, National Archives and Records Service, 1984)

Editor [with Michael W. Sedlak], American Educational History: A Guide to Information Sources “Gale Information Guide Library” (Detroit, MI, Gale Research Corporation, 1981)

Author, Archives and Manuscripts: Security, “SAA Basic Manual Series,” (Chicago, IL, Society of American Archivists, 1977)

Research Associate, [with Harold F. Williamson and others] Northwestern University: A History, 1850-1975 (Evanston, IL: Northwestern University, 1976)
Guide to the Timothy George Walch Papers
Timothy Walch, Victor Mendoza, Spring, 2017
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Library Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

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