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William Michael Ducey, OSB papers

Collection MS-2003-041: William Michael Ducey, OSB papers


  • Creation: 1928-1970

Scope and Contents

Composed mainly of Ducey's correspondence, much of which concerns personal matters and the Liturgical Movement, specifically Liturgical Weeks in 1950 and 1968. Ducey's letters to his mother include detailed descriptions of his early formation and time spent with Benedictine communities in Scotland, Italy, and Israel. Also includes some photographs of abbeys in England, Ireland, Italy, and the United States, and four audio recordings of Ducey's addresses and radio broadcasts.


Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research. The audio reels are not available for playback due to format impermanence and can not be reformatted by Burns Library at this time. Please let Burns Library Public Services know of your specific interest; when it becomes possible we will schedule reformatting.

Restrictions on use

These materials are made available for use in research, teaching and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. The original authors may retain copyright to the materials.

Biographical note

William Michael Ducey, OSB was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on February 3, 1897, to Michael Henry Ducey and Agnes E. McMullen, the third of thirteen children. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1921, and professed in the Benedictine Order in 1929. As a Benedictine, he was affiliated with the St. Anselm’s Priory in Washington D.C. and Saint Meinrad Archabbey in Indiana. In 1937, he was elected to the advisory board of the American Catholic Historical Association. He later became active in the National Liturgical Conference, and edited and wrote several publications relating to the Liturgical Movement. Ducey died on September 11, 1970 at St. Benedict's Abbey outside Kenosha, Wisconsin.


Benedictine Periodicals (OSB), University of Notre Dame Archives (UNDA), Notre Dame, IN.

“Fr Michael Ducey (1897-1970),” FindAGrave.

"Michigan Births, 1867-1902", Entry for Wm. M. Ducey and M. H. Ducey, 03 Feb 1896. FamilySearch. Accessed February 5, 2024.

"United States Census, 1930", Entry for William M Ducey, Member, 1930. FamilySearch. Accessed February 5, 2024.

"United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942," Reverend Michael William Ducey, 27 Apr 1942. FamilySearch. Accessed February 5, 2024.


2.5 Linear Feet (4 containers)

Language of Materials



Papers of twentieth century American Benedictine William Michael Ducey, OSB, including audio recordings, correspondence, and photographs. Primary topics are Ducey's religious life and involvement with the Liturgical Movement.


Alphabetical by file title.


Because the current accessioning system was not used until January 1986, it is not possible to know exactly the dates of acquisition of materials received before that time. Materials likely received shortly before 1981 as part of the Liturgy and Life collecting efforts of William J. Leonard, SJ.

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William Michael Ducey, OSB Papers
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