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Anthony J. Lauck papers

Identifier: L088

Scope and Contents

This collection includes typed and autographed letters from family members, friends and military officers in the United States and other countries from Anthony J. Lauck; greeting and postal cards and telegrams; magazine and newspaper articles event programs; invoices; poems; exhibition catalogs; a Japanese Imperial Army war flag from World War II; and Japanese currency ranging from 1908 to 1980 regarding art and art business, family, personal, religious, and war matters.


  • 1908-1973


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Anthony Joseph Lauck was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on December 30, 1908 to Anthony Peter and Marie E. (Habig) Lauck. He was the oldest of six children. Lauck attended Sacred Heart and Cathedral High Schools. He studied at Cranbook Art Academy with Carl Milles; received a diploma in Fine Arts from the John Herron Art School in 1936; an A.B. from the University of Notre Dame in 1942; a certificate in Carving and Painting from the Corcoran School of Art in 1948; and was a graduate student at Columbia University. Lauck toured European art museums for a year.

He entered the Congregation of Holy Cross (C.S.C.) in 1937; was ordained a priest in the Roman Catholic Church in 1946; and served in churches in Washington, D.C., New York and Notre Dame, Indiana.

Lauck was an artist in the mediums of drawing, glass, sculpture and wood carving; an author; and a lecturer. He became a member of the faculty of the University of Notre Dame in 1950, associate professor of Sculpture in 1958, chairman of the art department from 1960 to September 1967, and director of the University Art Gallery around 1962. His work has been exhibited in many regional exhibitions and his permanent collections are in the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Norfolk Museum of Art, South Bend Art Association and the John Herron Art Institute, and at the University of Notre Dame. Lauck won many awards and prizes and served as a judge for many art competitions.

Lauck died April 21, 2001 and is buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Notre Dame, Indiana. He was added to the University of Notre Dame's Wall of Honor on November 1, 2007.


Information found within the collection. "A.J. Lauck." 1930 United States Federal Census. Accessed June 24, 2015. "Fr. Anthony J. Lauck." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed June 24, 2015.

"Lauck, Rev. Anthony J. 'Tony.'” University of Notre Dame. Accessed June 24, 2015.


1 Cubic Feet (3 manuscript boxes)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Anthony J. Lauck on 1981/02/04.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/06/24 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2015/06/24 by Edythe Huffman.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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