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Monsignor Donald C. Hamburger papers

Identifier: A-03-1999.005

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of original and photocopied materials collected by Reverend Monsignor Donald C. Hamburger before and during his tenure as a diocesan priest. Materials were donated to the archives on three separate occasions in 1999, 2000, and 2001 (accession nos. 1999.005; 2000.048; 2001.047). Because of their shared provenance, all accessions were combined under the original accession number 1999.005. Records include original accession records, various administrative paperwork, collected prayers and writings, correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, one (1) postcard collection, publications, reference materials, seminary school papers and notes, one (1) transcription of “History of Our Lady of Perpetual Help” recorded by Monsignor Hamburger in 1960, and various oversized materials. The newspaper clippings reference subjects in which Monsignor Hamburger held an interest, including but not limited to papal visits, Catholicism, homosexuality, and history. The clippings were weeded out due to the large amount of materials regarding the papal visit to the United States in 1987. Similar materials can be found in the Papal Visit Collection (2009.010). There were also entire newsprint publications saved with no notations. which were photocopied for documentation. Publications include various parish bulletins, ephemera, magazine articles, unpublished histories, and two (2) copies of Monsignor Hamburger’s The Lamb of God. Reference materials include holdings regarding Monsignor Hamburger at the University of South Carolina libraries. Oversized materials include two (2) photographs signed by Bishop Francis F. Reh and Right Reverend M. C. Murphy, and one (1) personal scrapbook compiled by Monsignor Hamburger.


  • created: 1943-2000
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1989-2000
  • Other: Date acquired: 09/17/1999


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

Donald C. Hamburger, a Roman Catholic priest, was born on June 28, 1918, in Celina, Ohio, to August Francis Hamburger and Estella Bernard Hamburger. He attended St. Gregory Minor Seminary and St. Mary’s Seminary in Ohio and was ordained into priesthood on July 14, 1946, by Bishop Emmet M. Walsh. He served as faculty member of Bishop England High School; served in residence at Our Lady of Mercy (Charleston), St. Joseph’s, St. Leo (Chicago), St. Joseph’s (Charleston), Cathedral of St. John the Baptist (Charleston); and was pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual help (Camden), St. Joseph’s (Charleston), Our Lady of the Lourdes (Greenwood), Corpus Christi (Lexington), St. Peter’s (Beaufort), St. James, Son of Alpheus (Conway). Msgr. Hamburger retired on July 20, 1991, but continued his priestly ministry until his death on December 18, 2004.

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Administrative records, prayers and writings, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and photographs collected by Donald C. Hamburger, a Roman Catholic priest for the Diocese of Charleston.

Arrangement Note

Materials are arranged alphabetically by subject, and chronologically at the folder level when applicable.

Source of Acquisition

Received from Monsignor Donald Hamburger in September 1999.

Method of Acquisition


Related Materials

Materials providing visual documentation of property, parishioners, clergy, and events of the Diocese as well as various locations around Charleston including Hampton Park, the battery, and Hibernian Hall can be found in the Monsignor Donald C. Hamburger Slides, 2005.007.

Audio recordings documenting lectures, sermons, etc. at various churches in Charleston and Camden, S.C., collected by the Rev. Monsignor Hamburger can be found in the Donald C. Hamburger Audio Collection, [Sound Recording], South Caroliniana library, University of South Carolina, 10312.

Processing Information

Processed by Jennifer E. Neal.

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Repository Details

Part of the Catholic Diocese of Charleston Archives Repository

114 Broad Street
Carriage House
Charleston SC 29401 US