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UA 53.10


Charles L. Sewrey Papers


Charles L. (Charles Louis) Sewrey




1.68 linear feet (4 document cases) photographs




South Dakota State University Archives and Special Collections, Hilton M. Briggs Library, Brookings, South Dakota.

Access note

This collection is open to researchers without restrictions. The materials in the Archives do not circulate and may be used in-house only.

Preferred Citation

Name of item . Charles L. Sewrey Papers. UA 53.10. South Dakota State University Archives and Special Collections, Hilton M .Briggs Library, Brookings, South Dakota.


Charles L. Sewrey taught political sciences, economics and history. This collection consists of collected materials presumably used for research, correspondence and writing and miscellaneous materials. Manuscripts and published works are devoted primarily to anti-Catholicism.

Biographical Note

Charles Louis Sewrey, a native of St. Paul, Minnesota, came to South Dakota State College in 1947 after graduating with high distinction from the University of Minnesota. He held BA and MA degrees and had some teaching experience from the University of Minnesota. His third degree, Ph.D., also from Minnesota, was granted in 1955. He taught American political, economic, cultural and diplomatic history as professor of history at South Dakota State University. In addition to teaching, he published numerous articles in some of America's leading intellectual magazines. Dr. Sewrey also authored a book titled, A History of South Dakota State College in 1959. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, a national scholastic honorary society. Dr. Sewrey retired from teaching in 1974 due to failing health. He died in 1979. A memorial endowment fund was established in 1981. The History Department is the main benefactor of the endowment, which funds scholarships and faculty development with such programs as the Sewrey Faculty Colloquium.


This collection is arranged into four series:

Series 1. Collected material

Series 2. General papers

Series 3. Manuscripts

Series 4. Published works

Contents Note

This collection is composed of collected materials presumably used for research, correspondence and writing and miscellaneous materials.

The collected material is composed of numerous pamphlets, newspapers and clippings, an 1862 book of poems by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, material of the Socialist Party in the United States, and a file of research on Steven Truscott, a man who was convicted of murder in Ontario, Canada but may have been wrongly accused.

The general papers include correspondence, some notes and an exam from some of Sewrey's history courses, miscellaneous items and photographs. The miscellaneous items include a map showing lakes, railways, wagon roads, hotels and other points of interest of the Lake District in the vicinity of Alexandria, Minnesota.

The manuscripts cover several topics but the main scope of this material is of anti-Catholicism and frontier Minnesota. Included in the manuscripts is a draft of Sewrey's master's thesis titled The Protestant Minister in Frontier Minnesota.

The published works also covers several topics but the main scope of this material is anti-Catholicism and Communism. Included in this material are two transcripts of a radio program titled Professor's Forum that was broadcast from the South Dakota State College radio station.

Key Words

Americanism (Catholic controversy)

Anti-Catholicism -- United States

Catholic Church in the United States

Church and state -- Catholic Church

Sewrey, Charles Louis

South Dakota State University – Faculty

Container List

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Charles L. Sewrey Papers Container List. UA 53.10

1. Collected material11Aurora Leigh and other poems by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, published by James Miller1862
1. Collected material12Miscellaneous1945-1964
1. Collected material13Newspaper clippings1949, 1954, undated
1. Collected material14Socialist material1962-1963
1. Collected material21Steven Truscott research1966-1969
2. General papers22Correspondence1955-1970
2. General papers23Course workundated
2. General papers24Miscellaneousundated
2. General papers25Photographs1870, 1930, undated
3. Manuscripts26American Anti-Catholicism: Heirloom or ideology?, pp. 1-33undated
3. Manuscripts27Dealing with controversial issues in current affairs courses, pp. 106undated
3. Manuscripts28Development of the Spiritual Power of the Medieval Popes to 1216, pp. 1-2641947
3. Manuscripts29Foundations of Land Grant Colleges, pp. 1-15undated
3. Manuscripts210Infallibility, the American Way, and Catholic Apologeticsundated
3. Manuscripts212Master's Thesis - The Protestant Minister in Frontier Minnesota, Chapter 1: Introductory observations, pp. 1-501946
3. Manuscripts213Master's Thesis - The Protestant Minister in Frontier Minnesota, Chapter 2: The Frontier minister's private life, pp. 51-1001946
3. Manuscripts31Master's Thesis - The Protestant Minister in Frontier Minnesota, Chapter 3: The Frontier minister's public life - religious aspects, pp. 101-3001946
3. Manuscripts32Master's Thesis - The Protestant Minister in Frontier Minnesota, Chapter 4: The Frontier minister's public life - that concerning the world and the flesh, pp. 301-3561946
3. Manuscripts211Master's Thesis - The Protestant Minister in Frontier Minnesota, Table of Contents, Preface1946
3. Manuscripts33Moralist and U.S. Foreign Policy in the Cold War, pp. 1-13undated
3. Manuscripts34Needed: A universal address system, pp. 1-8undated
3. Manuscripts35Persistence of the Anti-Catholic tradition in later American history, pp. 1-171955
3. Manuscripts36Religious rivalry and sectarianism on the frontier: some examples from Minnesota, pp. 1-33undated
3. Manuscripts37Review of Howard Robert Lamar's Dakota Territory, pp. 1-10undated
3. Manuscripts39Some ideas as the form the report of the special faculty association committee on student evaluation might take, pp. 1-27undated
3. Manuscripts310State Enterprise in South Dakota, pp. 1-10undated
3. Manuscripts38The Status of Religion and Morals on the Minnesota Frontier, pp. 1-44undated
3. Manuscripts312Untitled 1: Chapter 1: Anti-Catholicism - origins and attempts to explain, pp. 17-47undated
3. Manuscripts42Untitled 1: Chapter 10: The Catholic Church and American democratic rights - some questions of compatibility, pp. 457-538undated
3. Manuscripts43Untitled 1: Chapter 11: The non-Catholic rebuttal - why Catholic assurances did not always assure, pp. 539-561undated
3. Manuscripts44Untitled 1: Chapter 12: The "Americanism" episode, pp. 562-592undated
3. Manuscripts45Untitled 1: Chapter 13: Appraisal of the status of Catholics in the United States, 1860-1914, pp. 593-683undated
3. Manuscripts46Untitled 1: Chapter 14: Catholic "cultural isolation," pp. 64-764undated
3. Manuscripts47Untitled 1: Chapter 15: Summary and conclusions, pp. 765-792undated
3. Manuscripts313Untitled 1: Chapter 2: Some aspects of Catholic political theory in its relationship to American thought, pp. 48-73undated
3. Manuscripts314Untitled 1: Chapter 3: Catholic attempts to represent Catholicism and American civilization as harmonious, p. 74-136undated
3. Manuscripts315Untitled 1: Chapter 4: Some attempts to adjust Catholic policies to the realities of American life, pp. 137-201undated
3. Manuscripts316Untitled 1: Chapter 5: Fanning the flames of controversy, pp. 202-270undated
3. Manuscripts317Untitled 1: Chapter 6: Specific areas of controversy - The Papal States, pp. 271-296undated
3. Manuscripts318Untitled 1: Chapter 7: Specific areas of controversy - International relations, pp. 297-345undated
3. Manuscripts319Untitled 1: Chapter 8: Specific areas of controversy - Recriminations growing out of the role of Catholics during the slavery debate and the Civil War, pp. 346-376undated
3. Manuscripts41Untitled 1: Chapter 9: Specific areas of controversy - Education, pp. 377-456undated
3. Manuscripts311Untitled 1: Table of contents, introduction, pp. 1-16undated
3. Manuscripts48Untitled 2: Topic: Laurel A. Engberg, pp. 1-2undated
3. Manuscripts49Untitled 3: Topic: Protestant ministers in frontier Minnesota, pp. 1-5undated
3. Manuscripts410Whose Holy land? The Jewish-Arab-Christian imbroglio in Palestine, pp. 1-70undated
3. Manuscripts411Witchcraft in England and Scotland during the Sixteenth Century, pp. 1-551945
4.  Published works412Bigotry in Politics, The Christian Century, pp/ 744-7461958
4.  Published works413Conservatives, Liberals, and Freedom, The Unicorn, pp. 13-181962
4.  Published works414Frontier Politics Were Colorful, Turbulent (Review), State College Dakotan, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 6, 11, 151958
4.  Published works415Historians and Anti-Catholicism, The Christian Century, pp. 333-3351956
4.  Published works416Hoover's Proposed Reorganization of the United Nationa (Transcript), State College Broadcasting System - Professor's Forumundated
4.  Published works417How Long Will the "Conservation Wave" Last? The Unicorn, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 38-411963
4.  Published works418Infallibility, The American Wat, and Catholic Apologetics, Journal of Church and State, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 293-3021973
4.  Published works419Liberal and Freedom, The Dakotan, vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 4+61963
4.  Published works420Outlawing the Communist Party, State College Broadcasting System - Professor's Forumundated
4.  Published works421Sewrey Views Youth, Education (Letter to Editor), State College Collegian, pp. 61956

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Arranged and Described by

Crystal J. Gamradt, Archivist, 1999 January 12.