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4 President's Office: Sister Trinita Flood Collection

Sister Trinita Flood Collection

I. Overview

Title: Sister Trinita Flood Collection

Date: 1974-1982

Location: 04/14a-15e

Extent: 8 box (4 linear ft.)

Language: English


II. Biographical note

Sister Trinita Flood, O.P., 1974-1996

Sister Trinita grew up in Chicago where she worked as a legal assistant and a secretary. She had a lifelong interest in drama and also participated in many theatrical performances in the Chicago area during this period. In 1941, despite the protests of her mother, she joined the Adrian Dominican Order and eventually graduated from Siena Heights College. Post-graduation, she studied speech and drama at Catholic University and Northwestern before teaching at secondary schools in Chicago and St. Charles, Illinois.

Sister Trinita Flood became the fourth president of Barry College in 1974, following the retirement of Sister Dorothy Browne. Sister Trinita had been sent to Barry first in 1946, as a speech teacher, and served in that capacity for six years, after which she was assigned to an administrative position at St. Mary's Academy in St. Charles, Illinois. She returned to Barry in 1954 as registrar, and in 1958 she became Academic Dean, a position she held until 1962 when she was called to Adrian, Michigan, as Secretary General of the Adrian Dominican Congregation. Between 1968 and 1970 she served as teacher, registrar, dean and then president of St. Dominic College in Sr. Charles, Illinois.

Sister Trinita was one of the founders of the Holocaust Documentation and Education Center on the North Miami campus of Florida International University and she became the driving force in collecting and taping the memories of south Floridians who survived the Holocaust. The Center has become one of the most comprehensive Holocaust oral history collections in the world. On April 4, 1992, a dinner in her honor was held at the Alexander Hotel on Miami Beach, and she and Mother Genevieve were given a trip to the Holy Land.

Sister Trinita received many honors during her tenure as President of Barry College and later when she became Academic Dean at St. John Vianney Seminary.


III. The Collection

Memorabilia from her inauguration as President of Barry in 1974, some personal correspondence, miscellaneous pictures and newspaper clippings, various honors and tributes, her reports as President (1974-1981), minutes of meetings from different associations and committees and correspondence with legislators, in both Tallahassee and Washington, DC. There are also copies of her obituary and memorial Mass programs.

There is a scrapbook, "A Celebration of Life and Courage honoring Sister Trinita Flood for her work with the Holocaust Documentation and Education Center," which was started by Carol Whitmoyer and given to Sister Trinita for further entries.


IV. Container list

Box                 Title

01/14a             Inauguration as President of Barry College

                        Inauguration Programs, 11/15/74

                        Holocaust Center Tribute

                        Invocation at FIU Commencement

                        Feature in Barry Mark

                        President’s Reports 1974-1981

                        Personal Correspondence

                        President’s Dinner 1975, 1976

                        President’s Dinner, 1977

                        Obituary/Memorial Masses

04/14b             Holocaust Scrapbook

04/14c             Awards, Proclamations, Papal Blessing

04/15a             Correspondence with Legislators 1978-1982

                        Photo with Board of Trustees, American Savings & Loans

                        Address to College Assembly, 1974

                        Golden Jubilee of Sr. Trinita

                        Curriculum Vitae

                        Honors and Awards

                        Sister Trinita Flood Miscellany

                        St. Dominic College

                        St. John Vianney Seminary

04 /15b            Correspondence of Sr. Trinita Flood, 1979-1980 (4 folders)

                        Florida Women for Ida Nudel

                        Fusion Dance Company

                        Carl T. Hoffman

                        Institute for Humanist Studies

04 / 15c           Appointment Books (Sr. Trinita), 1976-1981 (5 books)

                        Appointment Books (Dorothy Jackson) 1977-1980 (2 books)

                        Appointment Book (Betty Burkett) 1981-82

04/15d             Fl Assc Colleges & Univ (FACU) Correspondence (3 folders)

                        FACU Financial Reports

                        FACU Executive Committee (3 folders)

                        FACU Self-Study Committee, 1979

                        FACU Meetings (2 folders)

                        Florida Board of Regents Newsletter

                        Higher Education and National Affairs Newsletter  

04/15e             Society of the Arts

            Campus Council Committee, 1977

                        Jewish Publication Society of America Correspondence

                        A Case Statement-Barry College, 1976


V. Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research

Processed by: Sister Arnold Benedetto, O.P., revised by Ximena Valdivia, 2011

Preferred Citation: Sister Trinita Flood Collection, Barry University Archives and Special Collections, Miami Shores, Florida

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