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Joseph Bernardin Papers

Identifier: Mss. Acc. 1990.02

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Scope and Contents

Fifty-eight diaries of Joseph Buchanan Bernardin, Episcopal clergyman, dated 1913-1987, and thirteen scrapbooks of clippings, invitations, programs, and other memorabilia.

Most of his diary entries do not go into detail, but record the bare bones of his daily activities.  He often mentions people with whom he socializes and good friends.  But he rarely tells what he is reading, or mentions particulars about his parishioners or friends.  He mentions places he visits, from restaurants to plays to tourist sites, but gives no detail. 

His scrapbooks contain personal items, such as passports and birthday cards, but mostly contain programs from events such as plays and musicals; menus from restaurants and tourist pamphlets. Includes his manuscripts, such as his writings and college reports.

Collection is located off site. Please contact Special Collections.

Includes addition 1990.011.


  • Creation: 1913-1987


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Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

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Biographical Information:

Joseph Bernardin grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. He attended Yale University, Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Oxford University in England and the Theological School in Harvard University. He was an Episcopal Priest and also a member of the Army Chaplain Corps. He was the Assistant Minister and Minister-in-Charge at different parishes through the years, including Priest-in-Charge at All Saints Church in Nevada, Missouri and Trinity Church in Lamar, Missouri, Master at St. Mark’s School in Southborough, Massachusetts, Assistant at All Angels’ Church in New York City, St. John’s Church and St. Luke’s Mission in Knoxville, Tennessee, Minister-in-Charge at St. Andrew’s Church in Maryville, Tennessee and Trinity Church, Gatlinburg, Tennessee and St. Francis of Assisi Church in Lake Placid, Florida. His first position was as Master at the Choir School and Assistant to the Dean of the Cathedral at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. He resigned from this position amid controversy between Bishop William T. Manning who wanted to fire Bernardin for “insubordination” and “disobedience” and the Dean of the School, the Very Rev. Howard Chandler Robbins. In 1939 he was in charge of the American Church of the Ascension in Munich, Germany until October, and returned to this Church from 1959-1966.

He retired to Williamsburg, Virginia in 1971 and moved to a retirement community in Virginia Beach in 1983.

He never married. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: .


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Guide to the Joseph Bernardin Papers
Finding Aid Authors: Anne Johnson.
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English

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Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository