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Rev. Joseph H. Biltz papers

Rev. Joseph H. Biltz papers

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Finding aid for the Rev. Joseph H. Biltz papers

BC.MSS.01.02

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700
arkinfo@cals.org

March 16, 2007



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Biltz, Joseph Henri, 1930-1987
Title: Rev. Joseph H. Biltz papers
Dates: 1930-1987
Quantity: 8.0 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains personal and professional papers of Rev. Joseph Henri Biltz.
Identification: BC.MSS.01.02
Language: English

Arrangement

The collection is arranged topically. Topics, except for biographical materials and correspondence, are arranged alphabetically.


Scope and Contents

This collection contains personal and professional papers of Rev. Joseph Henri Biltz.


Biographical Information

Joseph Henri Biltz was born May 29, 1930 in Little Rock, Arkansas, the son of Maurice and Hilda Rumbach Biltz. Rev. Biltz studied theology and philosophy at St. John's Seminary in Little Rock and later earned a doctorate in moral theology from Catholic University of America. He did post-doctoral work at Academia Alfonsiana in Rome. Ordained a priest in the Diocese of Little Rock in 1955, Rev. Biltz taught theology at St. John's Seminary and Mt. Angel College in Mt. Angel, Oregon. In 1978, he was appointed Director of the Office of Justice and Peace for the Diocese of Little Rock, a position he held until his death. Rev. Biltz was a well-known and outspoken social activist. He was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement and in many other areas of human rights. His advocation of Church reform brought him into direct confrontation with both Church and civil authorities, including censure by an archbishop. However, Rev. Biltz never allowed public opinion nor the threat of censure determine his public stance on issues of importance to him. Rev. Biltz died on November 29, 1987, on the grounds of St. John's Seminary.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Biltz, Joseph Henri, 1930-1987
Capital punishment -- Arkansas
Catholic Church
Race relations -- Arkansas
Social justice -- Arkansas

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Rev. Joseph H. Blitz papers, MSS.01.02, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Mary Biltz Mobley, March 2, 2001


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