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Chrysogonus Waddell OCSO Papers

Identifier: 01-01-exws_chrysogonuswaddell

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of the working papers of Father Chrysogonus Waddell, OCSO. It includes microfilms, microfiches, mimeographs, photographs and photocopies of manuscript leaves and secondary sources consulted in Waddell's research on Cistercian liturgy and observances. There are also transcriptions of manuscripts, typescripts of articles published by Father Waddell, correspondence concerning various texts, listings of Cistercian liturgical manuscripts. Additionally, it contains draft descriptions of manuscripts belonging to the Dom Edmond Obrecht Gethsemani Abbey Collection, which is held on permanent loan at Western Michigan University Libraries' Special Collections Department via the Center for Cistercian and Monastic Studies, and other items related to Waddell's scholarship.


  • Creation: 1955-2008
  • Other: Date acquired: 2009-05-13


Biographical / Historical

Chrysogonus Waddell (1930-2008) was a monk of Gethsemani Abbey, Trappist, Kentucky, and a scholar of chant and Cistercian liturgy. He studied music composition with Vincent Perschetti at the Philadelphia Conservatory. A convert to Roman Catholicism in 1949, he entered the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani the following year. He was ordained a priest in 1958 and pursued further theological studies in Rome at the College of San Anselmo. Following in the tradition of his fellow Cistercian, Thomas Merton, Father Chrysogonus lived in a hermitage away from the abbey for nearly thirty years. He was choirmaster at the abbey for a number of years. In addition to his compositions, Father Chrysogonus published many scholarly works and translations of monastic and liturgical texts. A widely-recognized chant scholar, and consultor on chant and translations to the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL), he traveled frequently, presenting at musicological and Cistercian conferences.


29 boxes

Language of Materials



The papers of Father Chrysogonus Waddell OCSO, scholar of Cistercian chant and liturgy. Microfilms, microfiches, images of  manuscripts, transcriptions of manuscripts, correspondence, draft descriptions of some of the Dom Edmond Obrecht Gethsemani Abbey Collection manuscripts.

Physical Access Requirements

WMU Special Collections. Non-circulating. Contact department for access.

Source of Acquisition

Gethsemani Abbey, Trappist, Kentucky.

Method of Acquisition

On permanent loan from Gethsemani Abbey, Trappist, Kentucky, via the Center for Cistercian and Monastic Studies (formerly Institute of Cistercian Studies) at Western Michigan University.

Physical Description

The collection spans 29 archival boxes (approximately 12 linear feet).

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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Special Collections Repository

Western Michigan University Libraries, Special Collections
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