During the discussion, Lucinda wrote to Susanne on September 11, 2001: "At the GTU, we respect Edith Stein for all she was and is, a woman, a Jew, a scholar, a philosopher, a nun, a saint, and more. We respect and appreciate the whole person, her whole thought, and all of her gifts."
Susanne and her husband Alfred delivered the collection to the GTU on June 19, 2013. Eloise Rosenblatt, still a Sister of Mercy, but also a busy family law attorney, joined in the hand off. The collection, which included 3 boxes of manuscript materials and 6 boxes of books, was meticulously organized. (May all archival collections arrive already organized by a librarian.)
To celebrate the donation and to thank Susanne, we quickly processed the collection, placed the finding aid on Online Archive of California, created an exhibit in the display cases and scheduled a dedication ceremony. Along with Susanne there were a number of speakers from different perspectives: Eloise Rosenblatt, PhD; Rev. Dr. Thomas Devereaux; Emily Leah Silverman, PhD; Justin Gable, OP; Rev. Dr. Louis Weil; and Rev. Dr. John Sullivan, OCD (written remarks). We will post the video on our main site soon. For the moment, here is the very moving talk from Susanne to close the event:
There is an enormous amount written about Edith Stein, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. The uniqueness of this archival collection is that it captures her family's view of Edith Stein, follows Edith Stein's search for the truth in philosophy and religion, and provides a quick synopsis in the amount of attention that she has received since her beatification in the way of memorials, conferences, journals, art and performance art.
If you are even slightly interested and in the San Francisco Bay Area, please visit the library for the exhibition, which will be on view in the library through January 31, 2014 (beware the year-end break though: we are closed from December 21 - January 5, 2014).
Again, the finding aid is on Online Archive of California, To access the collection, please contact the archivist at firstname.lastname@example.org.