Msgr. John A. Ryan was an 1892 graduate of the St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary (now the University of St. Thomas) and a 1898 graduate of the Saint Paul Seminary (1898). He served as a professor of moral theology at the Saint Paul Seminary from 1902 - 1915. Known as the foremost social justice advocate and theoretician in the Catholic Church of the United States during the first half in the 20th century, Ryan’s speeches and writings were focused on economic and political issues. His Ph.D. dissertation (published later as A Living Wage) was an influential early economic and moral argument for minimum wage legislation. This collection includes various pamphlets written by Msgr. Ryan relating to variety of social issues.