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bMS 104

La Piana, George, 1879-1971. Papers, 1878-1972: A Finding Aid.

Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: bMS 104
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Creator: La Piana, George, 1879-1971.
Title: Papers, 1878-1972.
Date(s): 1878-1972.
Quantity: 13.3 linear feet (41 boxes)
Abstract: Papers of George La Piana, John H. Morison Professor of Church History at Harvard Divinity School and leading figure in the modernist controversy in the Catholic Church during the early twentieth century. Materials include memoirs (English and Italian versions); manuscripts; college lecture notes; correspondence, 1908-1970; subject files; and biographical material as well as correspondence, 1919-1952, with Antonio Borgese, author and university professor; and correspondence, 1908-1946, with Ernesto Buonaiuti, Catholic priest, church historian, and leader in the modernist movement.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Papers were donated to the Andover-Harvard Theological Library by George La Piana in 1970.

Biographical / Historical

George La Piana (1878-1971) was born in Italy, and was ordained to the Catholic priesthood in 1900. He graduated from the Theological School of Monreale in 1900, the University of Geneva in 1908, and the University of Palermo in 1912. He emigrated to the United States in 1914, and joined the faculty of Harvard Divinity School in 1916 where he was the John H. Morison Professor of Church History from 1926 to 1948. He was a leading figure in the modernist controversy in the Catholic Church during the early twentieth century. His publications include a study of Byzantine liturgical theater, La Rappresentazion Sacre nella Letteratura Bizantine (1912); The Church of Rome at the End of the Second Century (1925); The Immigrant Groups in Rome During the First Three Centuries of the Empire (1927); and A Totalitarian Church in a Democratic State: The American Experience (1949).

Arrangement

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Scope and Contents

This collection includes manuscripts for La Piana's memoirs in both English and Italian; published and unpublished works by La Piana, lecture notes, correspondence, biographical material (including photographs of La Piana and his family), and subject files.

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