Msgr Frederick R. McManus Papers

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The papers of Msgr. Frederick Richard McManus contain significant holdings on the Second Vatican Council Liturgical Commission to which he had been appointed as a pertitus. Widely regarded as a top American canon law professor, McManus is perhaps most notable for his work on the drafting of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy. This permitted him to team with Archbishop Paul Hallinan who maintained the actual authority to bring the massively influential document to a vote. They would reunite again to implement its liturgical reforms in the U.S. under the the auspices of the NCCB/USCCB. 

Collection Size (number of document cases and boxes): 

50 boxes

Collection Description (Ex., administrative notes, diary, printed matter):

 Msgr. Frederick Richard McManus, 1923-2005, was involved in all aspects of canon law and liturgical issues, from teaching to service with various committees, commissions, boards, and associations, including the Canon Law Society of America (CLSA) and Second Vatican Council. The papers include correspondence, notes, subject files, meeting minutes, printed material, photographs, memorabilia, and miscellaneous material.