P. David Finks Collection

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Collection Overview
Title: P. David Finks Collection
Creator: Finks, P. David
Call Number: D.393
Dates: 1965-2009
Physical Description: 30 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation

Biographical/Historical Note
P. David Finks (1930-2009) was a pastor, teacher, scholar, social activist, and social critic.

Born in Rochester on February 28, 1930 to parents Perry D. and Frances Gillard Finks, David decided at an early age, along with three of his seven siblings, to enter service to the Catholic Church. In 1944 he entered St. Andrew's Preparatory Seminary in Rochester, New York. After the requisite six years there, he enrolled in St. Bernard's, one of Rochester's major seminaries. He received his B.A. in 1952 and in 1956 was ordained to the priesthood. From 1956 to 1960, Finks was assistant pastor at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Greece, NY. There he organized a large youth organization and a catechetical school for over a thousand children and young adults.

In 1960, he was appointed chaplain of the Motherhouse of the Rochester Sisters of Mercy and of Our Lady of Mercy High School, where he was also a religious instructor. In 1963 he began teaching introductory courses in scripture and theology to sister postulants and novices at McAuley Junior College. In 1964 he began his studies for a Master's Degree in Religious Education at Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. Finks worked hard to stay abreast of contemporary issues and to keep current in his studies of scripture, theology, and the liturgy.

In 1965, Finks was moved from his post at Mercy and sent to Rochester's Immaculate Conception Parish in the inner city by Bishop Lawrence Casey after complaints from several sisters about Finks' liberal theology. The incident dealt a severe blow to Finks' image of the church and had a profound effect on him and his future. Also in 1965, Finks met Saul Alinsky, a Chicago-based civil rights activist who had been recruited to help the civil rights movement in Rochester following the 1964 Race Riots. Finks became one of the few white members of FIGHT, a post-'64 Rochester Race Riots civil rights organization supported by Alinsky's Industrial Areas Foundation. In an update letter to the Ford Foundation, (which awarded Finks a Ford Foundation grant to write Saul Alinsky's biography), Finks wrote of Alinsky, "I admit that he had a crucial effect on my life and way of doing things." At Immaculate Conception Church, Finks began working with Father Robert Kreckel to open up the parish facilities and school to the community at large, to involve black parishioners in the FIGHT civil rights activist organization, to use the parish as a forum for public issues, and to create an environment for Catholics from other parishes to engage in active community efforts.

In December 1966, Rochester Bishop Fulton J. Sheen appointed Finks the Episcopal Vicar of Urban Ministry, a post which he kept until June 1969. As Vicar of Urban Ministry, Finks worked closely with Alinsky and the Reverend Herbert D. White, director of the Board of Urban Ministry for the eight Protestant denominations represented in the area's Council of Churches. Finks and White established the Joint Office of Urban Ministry which was designed to "help urban and suburban communities organize around economic and political issues which affected them." Through this office, Finks, in ecumenical cooperation with others, labored to ameliorate economic disparities and to help address political issues through parish support and resources. Throughout this period, Finks also taught theology and social ethics at Mercy High School and McAuley College, the Sisters of Mercy convent school where he encouraged students to perform community service.

In June 1969, Finks was appointed to be Associate Director of the Division for Urban Affairs of the United States Catholic Conference (USCC) and moved to Washington, D.C. There he worked as a consultant to a variety of dioceses and religious organizations interested in new forms of urban ministry. During his three years on the staff of the USCC, Finks helped create the Campaign for Human Development (CHD), the national church's primary funding source for social justice work. Although he had no formal pastoral duties, Finks did conduct occasional liturgies for a group of adults at Georgetown University. He stayed at this post until October 1972.

For Finks, the priesthood entailed certain strictures which he questioned and with which he struggled. He privately acknowledged that he struggled with the decision to resign from the priesthood altogether, especially as he had no interest in parish ministry or pastoral leadership. In addition, Finks was frustrated with the Catholic Church's responses to "human needs in actual situations." In 1974 he formally petitioned the Rochester Diocese for dispensation from his priestly obligations. He summarized his efforts as a priest and as a reformer in the last sentence of a paper he authored on the Inner City, "I'm an evangelist in reverse: instead of getting people to join the Church, I try to get the Church to join the people."

After resigning from the priesthood, Finks taught at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Notre Dame University while earning a PhD in urban sociology at Union for Experimental Colleges and Universities, a consortium of ten liberal arts colleges with headquarters on the campus of Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio. His dissertation was entitled Crisis in Smugtown: A Study of Conflict, Churches, and Citizen Organizations in Rochester New York, 1964-1969 (PhD, 1975) – a study in the causes of the 1964 Rochester Race Riots, and the recovery efforts following.

On September 6, 1975, Finks married Christy C. Bulkeley, executive publisher of the local newspaper in Saratoga Springs, NY. With its artistic community, libraries, and civic opportunities, Saratoga was a period of great happiness and fruitfulness for the newlyweds. The couple moved to Danville, Illinois in 1976 when Christy was promoted to executive publisher for Gannett Newspapers' much larger Commercial-News, and she soon afterward won the Headliner Award for Women in Communications. However, Finks found his role as the husband of a successful career woman jarred with their conservative Illinois community, and despite his serving on the local symphony board and creating and managing a system of legal guardians for children who were wards of the district court, Danville was not a happy time for Finks. In 1984, with financial assistance from a Ford Foundation Grant, Finks published The Radical Vision of Saul Alinsky, the first biography written about his mentor, Saul Alinsky. In 1985, Finks returned to Rochester and created and managed the Downtown Community Forum for St. Mary's Church. He also served on the diocesan social justice board and the board of St. Bernard's Institute, successor to his seminary.

In 1994, Finks and his wife retired to Sanford, North Carolina, where he served on the boards of Heart of Carolina Jazz Society and the Lee County Community Orchestra; led Bible study groups at St. Stephen church; continued Christmas Eve and Easter Sunrise services after the death of the founder, Chaplain Carl McNally; wrote program notes for the Temple Theatre playbill; was a guardian ad litem for the Juvenile Court; and participated in the Men's Prayer Breakfast at St. Luke Church.

P. David Finks died on June 10, 2009 at the E. Carlton Powell Hospice Center in Lillington after a long period of declining health. The memorial mass was held on June 20, 2009, St. Mary's Church, Rochester, New York.

Access
The P. David Finks Collection is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduScope and Content
Finks' papers collected in Rare Books/Special Collections begin with writings by David Finks and then move to documentation of Finks' life and work, including material and some correspondence relating to Catholic Council of Urban Ministries, Campaign for Human Development, and the Downtown (Rochester) Community Forum. Next are Finks' personal records which are combined elements of both a journal and a scrapbook. Contained in binders, they are a combination of journal entries, articles, letters, cards, flyers, programs, and anything else that was meaningful to him. There are a few gaps, but the journals cover from 1985-2007. Finally, the last few boxes are articles and letters regarding people and issues, largely religious, of interest to Finks as well as personal correspondence and photographs.

Subject(s):
New York (State)--Rochester
Correspondence
Diaries
Photographs
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
Interviews
Finks, P. David
Human rights workers
Priests
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was a gift of St. Bernard's Seminary Library, March 2010. Rare Books and Special Collections thanks the following for their help and support: Sheila Smyth, Librarian, St. Bernard's Seminary Library; Mr. Anthony J. Finks, Rochester, NY (brother), and Larry Coppard Ph.D., Detroit MI (longtime friend and associate of David Finks).Citation
[Item title, item date], P. David Finks Collection, D.393, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterArrangement
Abbreviations: n.d. not dated [ ] educated guess made by the author of the register; [ ?] if less certain AU Author Unknown. TS Typescript MS Manuscript Boxes: Scrapbook, 1966-67 Box 1: Research on Saul Alinsky Box 2: The Radical Vision of Saul Alinsky Box 3: The Radical Vision of Saul Alinsky Box 4: The Radical Vision of Saul Alinsky Box 5: The Radical Vision of Saul Alinsky and Additional Published Works Box 6: Additional Published Works Box 7: Unpublished Works, Including Dissertation Box 8: Dissertation Box 9: Unpublished Works and Writing Materials Box 10: Catholic Council of Urban Ministries Box 11: Catholic Council of Urban Ministries (cont.) Box 12: Campaign for Human Development (CHD) Box 13: Campaign for Human Development (CHD) (cont.) Box 14: Organizations (A-Na) Box 15: Organizations (Ne-W) Box 16: People, (A-G) Box 17: People, (H-Sheen) Box 18: People (Sheen-T) and Personal Box 19: Personal Records (1965 - 1989) Box 20: Personal Records (1989-1998) Box 21: Personal Records (1999-2007) and Notebooks Box 22: Personal Correspondence (1950s-2006) Box 23: Photographs (flat) Box 24: Church and Religion-Related (A-Inf) Box 25: Church and Religion-Related (Ini-Priesthood [General]) Box 26: Church and Religion-Related (Preisthood [Celibacy]-U) Box 27: Prayer Groups Box 28: Contemporary Issues (A-No) Box 29: Contemporary Issues (NY-W) Box 30: Audio/Visual Materials
Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation
Address:
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Content ListScrapbook, 1966-1967 (All articles appear on one page or one column and are original unless otherwise noted.) "Sacred Heart Interracial Program Set." Publication unknown. [Early May 1966]. "Catholics Discuss Race Issue." Times-Union. 16 May 1966. "Plan Evening Mass, Panel for Interracial Sunday." Times-Union. [Early] May 1966, with photograph. Kanka, Fr. Robert J. "Faith Put to Practice, Answer to Race Problems." Catholic Courier Journal. 22 May 1966. McKee, Mary. "Civil Rights Said Savior of Church." Democrat and Chronicle. 23 June 1966. "Priests 'Updated' in Fisher Workshop." Catholic Courier Journal. 1 July 1966, with photograph. Letter to the Editor: "Newspaper Practices Under Fire." Democrat and Chronicle. 19 October 1966. (exchange on the Letter to the Editor page between Finks and the Editor (or his representative) regarding the responsibilities of a public press) Carpenter, C.E., Editor, Democrat and Chronicle. 13 October 1966. Letter from the Editor to Rev. Finks regarding above item. Sheen, Bishop Fulton. Letter appointing Finks to the position of Episcopal Vicar, a new position established by Vatican II, effective January 25, 1967. 3 January 1967. "Sheen Appoints a Vicar for Poor." The New York Times. 4 January 1967. "Militant Priest Named Sheen's Rochester Vicar." World Journal Tribune Special. 4 January 1967. Donavan, Brian. "Sheen Appoints Vicar for Slums." Democrat and Chronicle. 4 January 1967, with photograph. Stone, Desmond. "Bishop Sheen Names Vicar for Inner City." Times-Union. 4 January 1967, with photograph. "A Priest for the Poor." Catholic Courier Journal. 6 January 1967, with photograph. Kifner, John. "Sheen Suggests New Aid to Poor." The New York Times. 6 January 1967. "Sheen Names Activist in First Appointment." [NCR?]. 11 January 1967. Sold, Rose. "Priests to Elect Bishop's 'Senate'." Publication unknown. n.d. "Urban Vicar to Talk to Relations Council." Democrat and Chronicle. 31 January 1967, with photograph. Van Hoffman, Nicholas. "Picture's Fuzzy as Kodak Fights FIGHT." The Washington Post, 9 January 1967. Photocopy. Ridgeway, James. "Attack on Kodak." The New Republic, 21 January 1967. Photocopy. Berry, Warren. "Rochester's 'Union of Poor' Challenges Giant Kodak." Daily News, Springfield, Mass. 1 February 1967, with photograph. Boller, Chuck. "Priest Backs FIGHT." Democrat and Chronicle, 2 February 1967, with photograph. "Roman Catholics, New Career for Sheen." Time Magazine. February 10, 1967, with photographs. "Kodak Refuses FIGHT Request for More Talks." Times-Union. 27 February 1967. "Clerics Defend FIGHT Telegram." Times-Union. 27 February 1967. "Controversy Mounts on FIGHT Telegram."Democrat and Chronicle. 29 February 1967. "Florence Tags Report 'Untrue, Malicious." Democrat and Chronicle. 24 February 1967. "The Fight Case." Democrat and Chronicle. 24 February 1967. "Clerics Defend FIGHT Telegram." Times-Union. 27 February 1967. (duplicate) Erwin, Jack F. "'Think Metropolitan,' Suburb Residents Urged." Times-Union. 24 February 1967, with photograph. TS statement by Reverend Herbert D. White and Reverend P. David Finks defending FIGHT's approach to the racial issues between Kodak and the black community. n.d. Editorial Page. "No Place for Violence." Times-Union. 27 February 1967. Friends of FIGHT Newsletter Volume 1, Number 1, February 1967. Cover page features "The Kodak - FIGHT 'Discussions,'" a short statement of purpose, defending FIGHT's position regarding Kodak hiring practices and is intended to "provide the public with these basic facts." Said statement is bordered by a collage of overlaid headlines from various newspaper articles about Kodak and FIGHT dated September 15, 1966 through January 12, 1967. Grooms, Mary. "Who Speaks for the City's Negroes?" ( refutation to FIGHT and its clergyman's efforts). Publication unknown. n.d. "FIGHT Given Credit for Good Work" Publication unknown. n.d. Bowden Ramona B. "Rev. Finks Hits 'Poverty in Midst of Affluence' as a Sin." Syracuse Pool Standard. 6 March 1967. Entrance ticket to "The Catholic Interracial Council's Corporate Communion and Breakfast" on Syracuse. New York. n.d.
Box 1: Research on Saul Alinsky
Folders:
Folder 1. "Community Organization," 1974-1975, Notebook
Folder 2. "Social Action," 1975-1976, Notebook
Folder 3. "Notes - Re: Alinsky Study," 1977, Notebook
Folder 4. "Alinsky Notes Begun 1/27/78," 1978, Notebook
Folder 5. "Social Action Notes 4/11/78," 1978, Notebook
Folder 6. List of publications regarding Alinsky, 1938-1992, Bound
Folder 7. Saul Alinsky Interview (1), DVD (in Box 30: Audio/Visual Materials)
Folder 8. Saul Alinsky Interview (2), DVD (in Box 30: Audio/Visual Materials)
Folder 9. "The Democratic Promise: Saul Alinsky His Legacy," DVD (in Box 30: Audio/Visual Materials)
Folder 10. Fazio, Tony (collected and organized by), Why Organize, collection of articles on community organization, n.d., Booklet
Box 2: The Radical Vision of Saul Alinsky
Folders:
Folder 1. Research and publications about Saul Alinsky, 1990-1991 (post-publication)
Folder 2. Publishing efforts regarding, including query letters and responses, 1976-1990
Folder 3. Material from Finks' editing, 1976-1984
Folder 4. Paulist Press book contract, correspondence, and promotion materials, 1982-1990
Folder 5. Reviews, 1984-1987
Folder 6. Three Interviews of Finks regarding Alinsky and his book The Radical Vision of Saul Alinsky, 1984, CD (59 min)
Folder 7. Footnotes, n.d.
Box 3: The Radical Vision of Saul Alinsky
Folders:
Folder 1. 1979 Draft, TS with MS revisions (1 of 3)
Folder 2. 1979 Draft, TS with MS revisions (2 of 3)
Folder 3. 1979 Draft, TS with MS revisions (3 of 3)
Folder 4. 1980 Draft, TS with MS revisions (1 of 4)
Folder 5. 1980 Draft, TS with MS revisions (2 of 4)
Folder 6. 1980 Draft, TS with MS revisions (3 of 4)
Box 4: The Radical Vision of Saul Alinsky
Folders:
Folder 1. 1980 Draft, TS with MS revisions (4 of 4)
Folder 2. 1981 Draft, TS with MS revisions (1 of 1)
Folder 3. 1983 Draft, TS with MS revisions (1 of 3)
Folder 4. 1983 Draft, TS with MS revisions (2 of 3)
Folder 5. 1983 Draft, TS with MS revisions (3 of 3)
Folder 6. Galleys, 1983
Box 5: The Radical Vision of Saul Alinsky and Additional Published Works
Folders:
Folder 1. General Alinsky articles, interviews about him in which Finks participated, 1988-2007
Folder 2. Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF): a congregation-based citizens foundation founded by Saul Alinsky in 1940, Edward T. Chambers became its Executive Director after Alinsky died, 1988-2002
Folder 3. Interview and promotion schedules, letters, correspondence with publicist Carol DeChant, 1984
Folder 4. The Love Song of Saul Alinsky (a "play with music," based on the life of Saul Alinsky, presented in Chicago, 1998). Material includes playbills, reviews, emails from and to Finks, and the original script, 1997-2006
Folder 5. Maritain, Jacques, material about the French philosopher, an admirer of Alinsky, 1982-1985
Folder 6. Panacea Press, Geoff Hughes and Finks' efforts to run a second printing of The Radical Vision of Saul Alinsky, 1991
Folder 7. Paulist Press, invoices and royalties, 1984-1990
Folder 8. Polaris Group Option, Michael Dieden. Material regarding efforts to make The Radical Vision of Saul Alinsky into a film, 1983-1987
Folder 9. Post-publication correspondence regarding The Radical Vision of Saul Alinsky, including material regarding a reprint in 1990, 1979-1990
Folder 10. The Democratic Promise: Saul Alinsky and his Legacy. Material pertaining to Finks' interview for the documentaryand the screening, 1997-1999
Additional Published Works - Publications are arranged chronologically. They consist of articles Finks wrote and they are divided into folders by name of publication the article appeared in. There are also two folders of Finks' writings in miscellaneous publications.
Folder 11. Finks' articles in miscellaneous newspaper and magazine publications such as National Catholic Reporter,Commonweal,Catholic Free Press, and Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 1970-1995
Folder 12. Finks' contributions to miscellaneous, bound booklets with a central theme, 1973-1988
Folder 13. The Catholic Standard, 1970
Box 6: Additional Published Works Publications are arranged chronologically, grouped by publication where appropriate.
Folders:
Folder 1. City Newspaper, 1986-1987
Folder 2. The Church in the World Today, 1972
Folder 3. Urban Mission / Urban Challenges, n.d.
Folder 4. Courier Journal, 1969-1986
Folder 5. Artistic renderings by students for the articles in the previous folder
Folder While Asst. Director of the Division of Urban Life of the USCC Department of Social Development, Finks substituted for Msgr. George Higgins, who wrote a weekly article for The Yardstick, a subset of the North Carolina News Service
Folder 7. An article for New Theology Review and correspondence regarding magazine's unauthorized edits to Finks' work, 1987-1988
Folder 8. Book Reviews (Miscellaneous essays of books Finks reviewed), 1976 - 1992
Folder 9. Notes about and the final draft of The Action Planning Center and the Urbanarium, July 1973
Box 7: Unpublished Works, Including Dissertation.
This material includes sermons and speeches, essays on Saul Alinsky, Finks' doctoral dissertation.
Folders:
Folder 1. Handwritten notes for sermons or talks, 1966
Folder 2. Notes for sermons and talks, 1967-1972
Folder 3. Notes for sermons and talks, n.d.
Folder 4. Notes for sermons and prayer group preparations, 1996-1999
Folder 5. Notes for sermons and talks, 2004-2007
Folder 6. Notes and speeches, volunteerism, community action, social justice, 1979-1986
Folder 7. "The Catholic Church and Saul Alinsky," n.d.
Folder 8. "Saul Alinsky and the Churches," n.d.
Folder 9. Community organizing notes, 1988
Folder 10. Dissertation - Crisis in Smugtown: a study of conflict, churches, and citizen organizations in Rochester, New York, 1964-1969
Folder 11. Dissertation - several progressive versions of Finks' doctoral dissertation abstract, copyright certificate, and his professor's (Bill Liu) comments. Union Graduate School, 1974-1977
Folder 12. Dissertation - materials involving the publishing of Finks' dissertation and other works early in his doctoral career, 1976-1988
Box 8: Dissertation
Folders:
Folder 1. 1975 Draft (1 of 2)
Folder 2. 1975 Draft (2 of 2)
Folder 3. 1977 Draft (1 of 2)
Folder 4. 1977 Draft (2 of 2)
Box 9: Unpublished Works and Writing Materials.
This material includes handwritten notebooks, and notes and correspondence concerning an unpublished novel Finks considered writing.
Folders:
Folder 1. Drafts of articles, 1983-1986
Folder Notes and articles pertaining to Finks' ideas for an intended autobiography, interpreted as a novel, about Catholic life and/or the life of a priest, which he appears to have begun outlining in 1988.
Folder 3. Shanahan and Gillard Family Research Notes, n.d.
Folder 4. Writers' Conference: Middlebury College Bread Loaf, 1976
Notebooks containing various notes Finks took on books he had read, or while he was writing a sermon, or while listening to someone else's sermon.
Folder The first half contains notes about the purchase of a home in North Carolina. The second half contains notes plans in development with CHD, sermon notes on a variety of topics, and meeting notes
Folder Notes on a variety of religious or social justice topics
Folder Lightly used spiral notebook with notes on a variety of liturgical topics
Box 10: Catholic Council of Urban Ministries
Folder Contains memorandums, newsletters, member lists, meeting minutes, correspondence, and articles relating to Catholic Council of Urban Ministries. Materials are grouped in folders chronologically.
Folders:
Folder 1. 1967-1971
Folder 2. 1972-1973
Folder 3. 1974
Folder 4. 1975
Folder 5. CCUM Fall Conference Proceedings 1975
Box 11: Catholic Council of Urban Ministries (cont.)
Folder Contains memorandums, newsletters, member lists, meeting minutes, correspondence, and articles relating to Catholic Council of Urban Ministries. Materials are grouped in folders chronologically.
Folders:
Folder 1. 1976
Folder 2. CCUM Fall Conference Proceedings 1976
Folder 3. January-October 1977
Folder 4. October-December 1977
Folder 5. 1978
Folder 6. 1979-1981
Folder 7. 1989
Box 12: Campaign for Human Development (CHD)
Folder Organized chronologically, folders contain articles, publications, announcments, and correspondence.
Folders:
Folder 1. Finks' move to Washington, D.C. to work for USCC, 1969
Folder 2. Task Force of the United States Catholic Conference, 1969
Folder 3. Labor Statement, 1969
Folder 4. Task Force of the United States Catholic Conference, 1970
Folder 5. Urbex and Task Force Contract Correspondence, 1970-1972
Folder 6. 1971-1972
Folder 7. 1981, 1985-1988
Folder 8. "Building and Renovation Kit for Places of Catholic Worship," 1986
Folder 9. "A Report on the Campaign for Human Development," 1988
Folder 10. Proposal for "Writer in Residence," 1991
Folder 11. Annual Report, 1992-1993
Folder 12. Articles by Finks, 1994-1995
Folder 13. "Working for Justice: The Campaign for Human Development and Poor Empowerment Groups" (booklet), November 1994
Folder 14. 1994-1995
Box 13: Campaign for Human Development (CHD) (cont.)
Folder Organized chronologically, folders contain articles, publications, announcments, and correspondence.
Folders:
Folder 1. Washington, DC CHD Conversations (loose), November 1994
Folder 2. Washington, DC CHD Conversations (notebook), November 1994/Las Cruces (notebook and loose), March 1995
Folder 3. New Mexico CHD Conversations (loose), March 1995
Folder 4. New York CHD Conversations (loose), 1995
Folder 5. New York CHD Conversations (notebook), March 1995
Folder 6. Las Cruces (notebook), March 1995/St. Louis CHD Conversations (notebook), June 1995
Folder 7. St. Louis CHD Conversations (loose), June 1995
Folder 8. San Francisco CHD Conversations (loose), June 1995
Folder 9. "25th Anniversary Challenge" (booklet), April 1995
Folder 10. CHD 25th Anniversary (blue notebook), 1995
Folder 11. "For 25 Years, We've Been Turning Lives Around," Annual Report (booklet), 1994-1995
Folder Washington, DC CHD Advisory Conversations Tape Recordings (2 tapes), 18 May 1995, in Box 25 (flat)
Folder 13. 1996-1998
Box 14: Organizations (A-Na)
Folders:
Folder 1. Alinsky-styled organizations, 1982-1990
Folder 2. Chautauqua Institute,1998-2002
Folder 3. Corpus Christi, Rochester, 1986
Folder (Handwritten notes), n.d.
Folder 5. Downtown Community Forum, 1 of 3, 1987-1992
Folder 6. Downtown Community Forum, 2 of 3, 1987-1992
Folder 7. Downtown Community Forum, 3 of 3, 1987-1992
Folder 8. East Brooklyn Churches (EBC), an IAF organization, 1982-1987
Folder Study guides to various educational programs
Folder 10. Immaculate Conception Parish, 1964-1971
Folder 11. Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) "Triangle," 1997-1999
Folder 12. National Writers Union, 1983-1985
Box 15: Organizations (Ne-W)
Folders:
Folder 1. "New" Organizations, 1977-1983
Folder 2. Pacific Institute for Community Organizations (PICO), 1984-1986
Folder 3. Renew Study, 1994-1995
Folder 4. Retreat, 1994-1998
Folder 5. St. Alban's Sunday Forum, 1993
Folder 6. St. Bernard's Institute, 1984-1985
Folder 7. St. Bernard's Institute, 1990-1997
Folder 8. St. Bernard's Seminary Reunion, 2005-2007
Folder 9. St. Mary's Parish: Social Ministry and Staff Study/Ideas, 1984-1991
Folder 10. Trace Bible Study Notes (Carolina Trace, North Carolina), 2004
Folder 11. United States Catholic Conference (USCC) Task Force on Urban Problems, 1969, 1970s and 1993
Folder 12. Warren Barker Foundation, 1992-1994
Box 16: People (A-G)
Folders:
Folder 1. Address List, 1970
Folder Obituaries
Folder Mainly news articles about the sex abuse scandal and Bernardin's death.
Folder A few of Brown's writings and personal correspondence between Browne and Finks.
Folder Resume, writings, numerous articles about her role as a woman in leadership and the publishing industry.
Folder Personal correspondence with Finks.
Folder Clipings and Notes
Folder By/About
Folder Letters and articles regarding his liberal teachings
Folder 10. Day, Dorothy - Catholic Worker for the poor, 1966-1980
Folder Correspondence and writings
Folder Toward a North American Theology
Folder Articles on Milwaukee Marches
Box 17: People (H-Sheen)
Folders:
Folder Obituary, eulogies, and biographies
Folder Correspondence, writings, andarticles
Folder Congressional District of NY
Folder 4. Larson, Ray, n.d.
Folder Articles and materials regarding his death
Folder 6. Macon, Robert - Rochester Architect,1985-2002
Folder 7. McKevely, William, 1985
Folder Correspondence and artwork
Folder 9. Steinfels, Margaret O'Brien, n.d.
Folder Correspondence and writings
Box 18: People (Sheen-T) and Personal
Folders:
Folder Articles
Folder Death and remembrance of Sheen by Finks
Folder 3. Sullivan, Frank, 1974-1986
Folder 4. Tormey, Fr. Daniel P., 1978-1995
Folder 5. Tormey, Fr. Richard, Catholic Courier
Personal
Folder 6. Finks' Education, 1972-1977
Folder 7. Finks' Petition for Laicization, 1972-1974, 2002
Folder 8. Finks' wedding and move to Saratoga, 1974-1976
Folder 9. Finks' correspondence for job searching, 1972-1976
Folder 10. Finks' biographical sketches, curriculum vitae, and obituaries, 1971-2009
Box 19: Personal Records (1965 - 1989)
Folders:
Folder 1. Urban Ministry and Rochester, 1965-1971
Folder 2. Personal materials, including a reflection on his "non-traditional marriage" called "Panel Discussion for Executive Spouses: Community and Political Involvement," 1984 and n.d.
Folder 3. 1974-1975 (notebook)
Personal records kept by Finks; they are combined elements of both a journal and a scrapbook. Contained in binders, they are a combination of journal entries, articles, letters, cards, flyers, programs, and anything else that was meaningful to him. There are a few gaps, but the journals cover from 1985-2007.
Folder 4. 1985 (bound)
Folder 5. 1985-1986
Folder 6. 1986-1988
Folder 7. 1988-1989
Box 20: Personal Records (1989-1998)
Personal records kept by Finks; they are combined elements of both a journal and a scrapbook. Contained in binders, they are a combination of journal entries, articles, letters, cards, flyers, programs, and anything else that was meaningful to him. There are a few gaps, but the journals cover from 1985-2007.
Folders:
Folder 1. 1989-1991
Folder 2. 1991-1992
Folder 3. 1992-1994
Folder 4. 1994-1995
Folder 5. 1995-1996
Folder 6. 1997-1998
Box 21: Personal Records (1999-2007) and Notebooks
Personal records kept by Finks; they are combined elements of both a journal and a scrapbook. Contained in binders, they are a combination of journal entries, articles, letters, cards, flyers, programs, and anything else that was meaningful to him. There are a few gaps, but the journals cover from 1985-2007.
Folders:
Folder 1. 1999-2000
Folder 2. 2000-2002
Folder 3. 2002-2003
Folder 4. 2005-2007
Notebooks kept by Finks, with short and bullet-like notes on range of subjects; they are identified by the approximate years he kept them.
Folder 5. 1989-1991 (Binder, 6 1/2 in by 8 1/2 in)
Folder 6. 2001 (Purple, 6 in by 8 1/2 in)
Folder 7. 2003 (Multi-color, 3 in by 5 in)
Folder 8. 2004 (Blue, 5 in by 7 in)
Folder 9. 2006 (Yellow, 5 in by 7 in)
Box 22: Personal Correspondence (1950s-2006)
Please note that the majority of the correspondence is actually contained within Finks' personal records, the files on individuals, and within relevant subject areas. What is here is personal correspondence, such as cards.
Folder 1. "Letters to the Finks' Family" (as labeled by Finks), 1977-1984
Folder 2. Letters, 1965-1984
Folder 3. Letters, 1985
Folder 4. Letters, 1986
Folder 5. Letters, 1987-1989
Folder 6. Letters, n.d. [1990s]
Folder 7. Letters, 1990-1994
Folder 8. Letters, 1998-2006
Folder 9. "Special Letters to Finks" (as labeled by Finks), 1974-2007
Box 23: Photographs (flat)
Folders:
Folder 1. Personal: portraits (including passport and indentification) of Finks and family, candids from friendly gatherings
Folder 2. Personal: "1971 -btwn courses -birthday party" (as labeled by Finks)
Folder 3. Alinsky and Florence
Folder 4. Album, 1969-1971
Folder 5. Urban Ministry
Folder 6. "CHD First Campaign" (as labeled by Finks)
Folder 7. Washington, DC CHD Advisory Conversations Tape Recordings (2 tapes), 18 May 1995
Box 24: Church and Religion-Related (A-Inf)
Topics are listed alphabetically and organized chronologically within folders. Files include clippings, correspondence, and ephemera.
Folders:
Folder 1. Adult Religious Education, 1991-1997
Folder 2. African Americans, 1991 and 1993
course syllabus for The Theology of the Negro Renaissance "Nihilism in Black America" (Cornel West)
Folder 3. Baptism, 1993-1999
Folder 4. Catholic Church, the (religion, Vatican II, liturgical customs), 1987-2000
Folder 5. Church service programs and newsletters miscellany, 1995-1997
Folder 6. Community Organizing - Religious/Church based, 1985-1997
Folder 7. Easter Triduum, various dates
Folder 8. Episcopal, 1995-2004
Folder 9. Ethics and Morality (also, legislating morality), 1989-2009
Folder 10. Eucharist, 1996-1999
Folder 11. "Faith Works" - Newsletter of the National Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice, 1996-2000
Folder 12. Faith and Community Activism (includes United Power for Action and Justice, 1996-2001
Folder 13. Evangelization, 1996-1998
Folder 14. Funeral liturgies, 1985-2006
Folder 15. Gospel of Thomas (Jesus infancy and Childhood), 1998
Folder 16. Hispanic Ministry, 1998-2001
Folder 17. Infallibility and inerrancy, 1995-1996
Box 25: Church and Religion-Related (Ini-Priesthood [General])
Folder Topics are listed alphabetically and organized chronologically within folders. Files include clippings, correspondence, and ephemera.
Folders:
Folder 1. Initiatives, newsletter from the National Center for the Laity, 1977-2004
Folder 2. Islam, 2001-2002
Folder 3. Jesus Debate, 1995-1996
Folder 4. Liturgy and Liturgical Training, 1992-2008
Folder 5. Living as a Catholic (includes two Initiatives newsletters),
Folder 6. Ministry and Mission of the Church, 1992-2003
Folder Bible reading, catechism, cloning, grace, faith, fundamentalism, Good Friday, inspiration laying on of hands, Martian life, patience, spirituality, St. Paul, the Trinity, and the Virgin Mary
Folder 8. Parish restructuring, 1990-1998
Folder 9. Parish rights, 1997
Folder 10. Priesthood (Abuse), 2002
Folder 11. Priesthood (General), 1995-1997
Box 26: Church and Religion-Related (Priesthood [Celibacy]-U)
Folder Topics are listed alphabetically and organized chronologically within folders. Files include clippings, correspondence, and ephemera.
Folders:
Folder 1. Priesthood (celibacy/married priesthood), 1988-1997
Folder 2. Religious and Community Development Reports, n.d.
Folder 3. Religion and Politics (includes articles on Liberation theology and public morality), 1983-2008
Folder 4. Right Wing Catholics - Rochester, 1987-1988
Folder 5. RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults), 1987-2002
Folder 6. Social Justice and the Church, 1970-2000
Folder 7. Urban Ministry, 1968-1998
Box 27: Prayer Groups
Folders:
Folder 1. Advent and Christmas Scripture Readings, 1999
Folder 2. Advent Season, 2001-2002
Folder 3. Call to Action, 1997
Folder 4. Carolina Trace Years, 1994-1997
Folder 5. Caroline Trace Years, 1997
Folder 6. Carolina Trace Bible Study, 2002-2003
Folder 7. Carolina Trace Bible Study, 2004-2005
Folder 8. Jokes for Men's Prayer Group, 1997
Folder 9. Mile Hi Scripture Institute, 1997
Folder 10. Parish Scripture Groups, 2002
Folder 11. St. Luke Prayer Breakfast, 2002-2004
Folder 12. St. Luke Prayer Breakfast (cont.), 2002-2004
Box 28: Contemporary Issues (A-No)
Folder Topics are listed alphabetically and organized chronologically within each folder. Files include clippings, correspondence, and ephemera.
Folders:
Folder 1. Abortion, 1976-2001
Folder 2. Capital Punishment/Death Penalty, 1977-2006
Folder 3. Children and Infants, 1997
Folder 4. Community Organizing, 1989-1995
Folder 5. Drugs, 1989
Folder 6. Education, 1987-1989
Folder 7. Labor, 1996-1999
Folder 8. Marriage and Family, 1983-1995
Folder 9. Megatrends (articles on the best-selling 1983 book on economic and political trends), 1983-1990
Folder 10. "New Dimensions in Self-Help" (booklet), 1985
Folder 11. Notable People - articles on people such as Martin Luther King, Pat Robertson, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Mother Teresa, etc, 1986-2000
Box 29: Contemporary Issues (NY-W)
Folder Topics are listed alphabetically and organized chronologically within each folder. Files include clippings, correspondence, and ephemera.
Folders:
Folder 1. NYC High School Clinic, 1992
Folder 2. Poverty and Economic Justice, 1971-1999
Folder 3. Saratoga Springs, 1975-1976
Folder 4. Sexuality (teenage sexuality, premarital, and homosexuality), 1993-1996
Folder 5. University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Community Education Program, 1972-1974
Folder 6. Urban and City Issues - Secular, 1967-1997
Folder 7. Women's Roles, 1982-1993
Box 30: Audio/Visual Materials
Folder Items:
1. FIGHT Demonstration Finks Speech, DVD, 3 min 2. Professor Edward C. Banfield Interview, Shots of FIGHT SQUARE Development, DVD, 29 min 31 sec 3. Saul Alinsky Interview (1), DVD, 22 min 4. Saul Alinsky Interview (2), DVD, 22 min 5. "The Democratic Promise: Saul Alinsky His Legacy," DVD, 56 min 40 sec 6. David Finks 1954-1955, CD, 15 min 47 sec 7. Meeting of School Board 2/5 Public Saftey Building Part 1: Burkley Support: Mrs. Sibley, #2 Students, Metro Act: Dan Arensmier, Urban Ministry: Perry Fuller, PAR: Larry Tracy, CD, 1 hr 5 min 8. Meeting of School Board 2/5 Public Saftey Building Part 2: Burkley Support: Mrs. Sibley, #2 Students, Metro Act: Dan Arensmier, Urban Ministry: Perry Fuller, PAR: Larry Tracy, CD, 39 min 20 sec 9. DIG-Eldridge Cleaver at Syracuse, CD, 47 min 23 sec 10. Big 5 Mayors: Midred Johnson, Bernie Gifford, Gene Tennis, Mayor May, Part 1, CD, 1 hr 8 min 3 sec 11. Big 5 Mayors: Midred Johnson, Bernie Gifford, Gene Tennis, Mayor May, Part 2, CD, 22 min 39 sec 12. St Francis Xavier, Part 1, CD, 53 min 51 sec 13. St Francis Xavier, Part 2, CD, 54 min 5 sec 14. CICOP Part 1: Catholic Inter-American Cooperation Program 1971 (Speakers: Harvey Cox, Rosemary Reuther, Panel Discussion), CD, 46 min 52 sec 15. CICOP Part 2: Catholic Inter-American Cooperation Program 1971 Panel Discussion (Speakers: Harvey Cox, John Seely, Audience Reaction), CD, 45 min 44 sec 16. Testimonial Dinner Honoring Rev. P. David Finks Part 1, Lifetime Recordings, CD, 29 min 17. Testimonial Dinner Honoring Rev. P. David Finks Part 2, Lifetime Recordings, CD, 51 min 18. Dan O'Neil on Trinity and Mystery; Interview Fragment; PSA fragment, CD, 12 min 22 sec


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