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Msgr. Joseph Turk Papers

Identifier: 01-exws_turk

Scope and Contents

This collection includes research notes written in Slovenian or Latin, handwritten and typescript drafts of articles or papers composed by Turk, newspaper clippings from California papers concerning Tito and the governmental upheaval in Yugoslavia, personal documents and correspondence, canceled postage stamps from Spain, Italy, Switzerland, and Germany dated between the 1940s and early 1950s. The research papers and notes are primarily concerned with the Cisterican Statuta and important figures in Cistercian history, such as Bernard of Clairvaux, William of St. Thierry and Stephen Harding.


  • Creation: 1922-1977
  • Other: Majority of material found within Bulk 1940-1950


Language of Materials

Materials in French, German, Latin, Slovenian, English, and Ancient Greek (to 1453).

Biographical / Historical

Msgr. Joseph Turk (1895-1951) was born in Verdun, Slovenia. Msgr. Turk studied at Universities in Innsbruck, Vienna, Munich, and at the Yugoslav Seminary in Rome. He published two books: the Ways and Goals of the Scholastics in Slovenian and Cistercian Statuta Antiquissima in Latin. Msgr. Turk spent a brief time as the Dean of Faculty at the University of Ljubliana and taught two years at St. Mary's College in California. Brother L. Dennis, FSC of Saint Mary's College in California donated the collection to Western Michigan University Libraries for research purposes concerning the Statuta.


8 boxes (approximately 3 linear feet)


Papers of Msgr. Joseph Turk (1895-1951) including research notes, manuscript drafts, offprints, correspondence, newspaper clippings and postage stamps. The research papers and notes are concerned with the Cistercian Statuta and important figures in Cistercian history, such as Bernard of Clairvaux, William of St. Thierry and Stephen Harding. The newspaper clippings relate to mid-twentieth century politics in Yugoslavia.

Physical Access Requirements

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

Source of Acquisition

Brother Dennis Goodman, Saint Mary's College of California

Method of Acquisition


Inventory of the Papers Msgr. Joseph Turk Finding Aid
Adam Carlson and Ben Wright
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Special Collections Repository

Western Michigan University Libraries, Special Collections
Zhang Legacy Collections Center
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
(269) 387-8490