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Guide to the Magín Catalá, O.F.M. Collection
MSS.1994.01.03  
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Series I: Process of Beatification, circa 1885-1909

Physical Description: 2 boxes
Languages: Beatification transcripts in Boxes 1 and 2 are in Latin, Spanish, Italian, and English and have not been translated.

Scope and Content

The materials in this series document the process of beatification of Fray Magín Catalá, O.F.M. The records include transcripts of depositions taken circa 1885 and again in 1908-1909 during the beatification process of Fr. Magín Catalá. During these proceedings, sixty-two witnesses were called upon to provide testimony about the life and work of Fr. Catalá. While the documents focus primarily on canonical issues, they also contain information about life in the Santa Clara Valley in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Included are interviews with early Spanish colonizers who had knowledge of the Franciscan missionary and the era in which Fr. Catalá lived. Early Jesuit administrators and faculty from Santa Clara College involved with the beatification process included Jesuit Fathers Joseph Bixio, Nicholas Congiato, Joseph Caredda, Henry Imoda, Benedict Picardo, John Pinasco, Paul Raffo, and Aloysius Varsi.
Note: Materials are reproductions of the original documents held in the Archivio Segreto Vaticano (Vatican Secret Archives) and were obtained by Santa Clara University Library Archives & Special Collections in 1993. Box 1, Folder 7 contains a photocopy of “Witnesses in Catalá Beatification,” a deposition transcript. The original document is held in the Archdiocese of San Francisco Archives.
 

Box 1: Process of Beatification, circa 1885

 

Box 2: Process of Beatification, 1885-1909

 

Series II: Biographical Publications and Related Materials, circa 1909-2009 (bulk 1909-1964)

Physical Description: 2 boxes
Languages: Materials in this series are in English, Catalan, and Spanish.

Scope and Content

The materials in this series document the life and spiritual labors of Fray Magín Catalá, O.F.M. The records include an article and newspaper clippings about the Beatification process of Fr. Catalá; Arthur D. Spearman’s publication about Nootka Island and related correspondence belonging to Aloysius S. Stern, S.J.; and other publications about Fr. Catalá’s life by James A. Colligan, S.J., Zephyrin Engelhardt, O.F.M., and Lawrence Scrivani, S.M. Also included are various materials sent from Fr. Catalá’s place of birth in Montblanc, Spain. Included are copies of Fr. Catalá’s baptismal record; devotional cards; framed photographs of the house where Fr. Catalá was born as well as a plaque placed in his honor; a letter from the Parroquia de Santa Maria, Montblanc, Spain; a newsletter from Montblanc focusing on Fr. Catalá and the process of Beatification; and an untitled painting of Fr. Catalá levitating in front of a crucifix.
Note: Montblanc items were received from the Parroquia de Santa Maria in Montblanc, Spain.
 

Box 3: Biographical Publications and Related Materials, circa 1909-2009

 

Box 4: Framed items from Montblanc, Spain, circa 1990

 

Series III: Relics and Devotional Materials, circa 1907-1962, and undated

Physical Description: 2 boxes

Scope and Content

The materials in this series include correspondence related to requests for relics of Fray Magín Catalá, O.F.M. and prayers in his name; devotional leaflets; notices about the transfer of Fr. Catalá’s remains and habit at Mission Santa Clara; and his relics.
 

Box 5: Relics, circa 1907-1910

 

Box 6: Relics and Devotional Materials, 1907-1962, and undated