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1 History of Barry University: Mother Gerald Barry Collection

Mother Gerald Barry Collection

I. Overview

Title: Mother Mary Gerald Barry Collection

Date: 1929-1961

Location: 01/28

Extent: 7 boxes (3.5 linear ft.)

Language: English


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


Box     Title

01/28   The Charity of Christ Presses Us

            Biography by Sister Nadine Foley

            Irish Songs

            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

Subject Guide

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