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Monsignor Richard C. Madden scrapbooks

Identifier: A-03-1037

Scope and Contents

This collection contains scrapbooks created by Monsignor Richard C. Madden.  Madden collected correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, and ephemera related to his role as a Catholic priest for the Diocese of Charleston, particularly as pastor for St. Frances de Sales in Columbia and St. Andrew in Myrtle Beach. Items include correspondence and cards from parishioners; correspondence from the bishop of Charleston, Emmett Walsh; newspaper clippings regarding ceremonies performed by Madden; photographs of parishioners and parish churches; parish audit reports; and newspaper articles written by Madden featuring histories of the diocese.


  • Created: 1937-1959, undated
  • Other: Date acquired: 05/01/2014


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Diocese of Charleston makes no representation that it is the owner of any copyright or other literary property in the materials contained in its archives. In providing access to or permitting the reproduction of any such materials, the Diocese of Charleston does not assume any responsibility for determining the nature of any rights, ownership or interest therein; nor for obtaining the appropriate permissions to publish or use; nor for determining the nature of any liabilities (for defamation and invasion of privacy) that may arise from any publication or use. This rests entirely with the researcher.

Biographical or Historical Information

Richard Cain Madden, a Roman Catholic priest and author, was born in Charleston, South Carolina, to John J. Madden and Elizabeth Catherine Cain Madden in 1919. He attended St. Joseph’s Parochial School and Bishop England High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Charleston in 1932. Madden attended St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland, and Suplican Seminary in Washington, D.C. He also received a Master of Arts degree in history from Catholic University of America in 1938. Emmet Walsh, bishop of Charleston, ordained Madden in 1938. From 1938-1946, Madden’s assignments included assistant pastor at St. Paul the Apostle, Spartanburg; St. Mary, Our Lady of Ransom, Georgetown; and Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Charleston. Madden was also the administrator of St. Frances de Sales, Columbia. He was the first resident pastor at St. Andrew, Myrtle Beach in 1946 and pastor of St. John the Beloved, Summerville, from 1973 until his retirement in 1985. Pope John XXIII named him Domestic Prelate in 1962. He authored Catholics in South Carolina: A Record, “John England,” an article printed in the Encyclopedia Britannica, and articles relative to the Diocese of Charleston printed in Dictionnaire d'Histoire et de Géographie Ecclésiastiques, New Catholic Encyclopedia, Catholic Historical Review, Records of the American Historical Society, and Reportorum Novum. Monsignor Madden died in 1988. He is buried at St. Lawrence Cemetery in Charleston, South Carolina.

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0.83 Linear Feet (2 document boxes)

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Scrapbooks created by Monsignor Richard C. Madden.

Physical Access Requirements

Materials are fragile. Use digital scans.

Source of Acquisition

Received from Cecilia M. Velte in May 2014

Method of Acquisition


Separated Materials

Digital scans stored on external hard drive 1 and 2.

Processing Information

Scanned by Joan Stoll, October 2014; Processed by Melissa Bronheim, October 2014.

Inventory of the Monsignor Richard C. Madden scrapbooks
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Repository Details

Part of the Catholic Diocese of Charleston Archives Repository

114 Broad Street
Carriage House
Charleston SC 29401 US