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Series 1 | A Finding Aid to the Paul Ryan papers, 1931-2009

Paul Ryan papers, 1931-2009

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Series 1: Biographical Material, 1931-2003
0.8 linear feet
Boxes 1, 20

Biographical material includes personal and family papers of Paul Ryan, school records, letters home written during his years as a Catholic monk, photographs, and documents summarizing Ryan's career, and other personal records.
Family papers include certificates and early letters between family members other than Ryan, including a letter which appears to have been written on the occasion of his birth. Keepsakes include a vintage postcard of Niagara Falls and a "serenity prayer" card. Photographs are of Ryan, family, and friends and are mainly unlabeled snapshots, although a few photographs of Ryan himself are black and white prints which appear to have been made for publicity purposes.
Also in this series are Ryan's bi-monthly letters home from the seminary and monastery where he lived in monastic communities between 1960 and 1965, as well as his resignation letter from the monastery and its response. A letter from the Selective Service documenting the completion of his obligation in 1969 is also filed in this series.
School records include class notes from high school, seminary, and college; school papers; diplomas; transcripts; and school publications, some of which contain articles written by Ryan and articles about him as a student athlete.
Additional family writings are found by Paul Ryan's brother Jim Ryan, a poet, in series 5, Project files and series 3, Writings. Additional letters between Ryan and family are found in series 2, Correspondence. A long essay written by Ryan about leaving the Passionist monastery is found in series 3, Writings. Additional writings by Ryan during his school years are also found in writings under the headings "poetry" and "short stories." Additional photographs are found in series 5, Projects.

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