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Sub-Section H.17a: Joseph Zarrella Papers, Accession 1

This Sub-Section includes materials related to the Catholic Worker Movement and prominent figures in the movement, including co-founder Dorothy Day and artists for the newspaper Ade Bethune and Fritz Eichenberg.

Joseph Zarrella met Dorothy Day in New York and joined the Catholic Worker movement in its early days. Zarrella married Mary Alice Lautner and moved to her home town of Tell City, Indiana, where he established a Catholic Worker House of Hospitality. Dorothy Day visited Zarrella many times.

Accession 1 of the Zarrella papers contains a nearly complete collection of Catholic Worker newspapers from 1933 (the first issue) through the 1990's. Also included are a magazine and newspaper clippings file about Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker Movement, photographs and recordings of Dorothy Day and a photo of Peter Maurin, and a collection of prints by Ade Bethune and Fritz Eichenberg.

See also Sub-Section H.17b, Accession 2; and see also Sub-Section H.17c, Accession 3. Click here for list of Catholic Worker newspapers in the collection.

This Sub-Section is divided into records series.

All items donated by the family of Joseph and Mary Alice Zarrella, received February 2009.

1 Magazine and newspaper clippings file, photographs, and artists' prints
2 Audio and video recordings
3 Manuscript proofs by Fran├žois Mauriac, "About the Massacres in Spain"
4 Catholic and labor publications
5 The Catholic Worker: newspapers 1939-current. The Houston Catholic Worker: 2010-current.