Title: Mother Mary Gerald Barry Collection
Extent: 7 boxes (3.5 linear ft.)
II. Biographical Note
Mother Gerald Barry (1881-1961), Prioress General of the Dominican Sisters of Adrian, Michigan, was –along with her brothers Patrick and William-cofounder and first president of Barry College. Born Bridget Catherine Barry on March 11, 1881, in Lauragh, Inagh, West Clare, Ireland, was the thirteenth of eighteen children. She came to America in 1900 and attended Northwestern University and Detroit Teachers’ College, receiving a bachelor’s degree from Siena Heights in Adrian.
Mother Gerald entered the Dominican Order in 1912 and was elected mother general in 1933. Serving in this position for twenty-eight years, she became ex-officio president of Barry College when it opened in 1940.
In 1950, Pope Pius XII awarded Mother Gerald the Lateran Cross for outstanding service to the Church.
She died on November 20, 1961.
III. Container List
01/28 The Charity of Christ Presses Us
Biography by Sister Nadine Foley
Letters from Mother Gerald to Barry College students
Clippings re Honorary Degree from Notre Dame Univ., 1952
Honorary Degree from Loyola Univ., 02/01/61
Newspaper clippings at Mother Gerald’s death
Obituary notice. In Adrian Daily Telegram, 1961 Nov.
Memorial cards of Mother Gerald’s death
Eulogies, Testimonials at Mother Gerald’s death
Sympathy cards sent to Barry College at Mother Gerald’s death
Expressions of sympathy at Mother Gerald’s death (3 folders)
IV. Administrative Information
Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research
Processed by: Sister Arnold Benedetto, O.P., revised by Ximena Valdivia, 2011
Preferred Citation: Mother Mary Gerald Barry Collection, Barry University Archives and Special Collections, Miami Shores, Florida