This Sub-Section includes papers collected by Ann Brannack Skakel. She was the mother of Robert F. Kennedy's widow, Ethel Skakel Kennedy. Ann Skakel volunteered her time for Merton as a typist during the early 1950's. Most of the files herewith are related to Merton's "Monastic Orientation" classes. There is also a manuscript for "The Cloud and the Fire" (early draft of The Ascent to Truth), and a number of copies of "'The Sacrament of Advent' in the Spirituality of St. Bernard." See also the "Skakel, Ann" file in Merton's correspondence, Section A; "Conferences on St. Bernard of Clairvaux" in Section C.2; and The Sign of Jonas in Section C.3.
This Sub-Section retains the original order, but similar items were grouped into folders. The folders are grouped into Series.