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The American Catholic Historical Researches Vol. 15 papers

Identifier: MC 56
Abstract Started in 1884, the Historical Researches in Western Pennsylvania—Principally Catholic was a quarterly magazine that facilitated the gathering of information--documents, comments, correspondence, etc.--that helped document the activities and history of the Church and Catholics in America for future scholars, historians, and Catholics interested in American Catholicism. By 1886, the quarterly magazine was renamed to American Catholic...
Dates: ca. 1810-1898

Anna Scull Case records

Identifier: MC 57
Abstract Anna Scull was born in December of 1832. She devoted nearly 30 years teaching in the public schools of Philadelphia. By 1874, Scull was appointed principal of the Hunter Girl’s Grammar School located at Dauphin and Mascher Streets in Philadelphia. During a class lecture in February of 1881, Anna Scull was alleged to have taught students false statements that insulted the Catholic faith. As a result of these allegations, a petition dated March 8, 1881 was presented by parents,...
Dates: 1881-1917; Majority of material found in 1881 - 1881

Archbishop John P. Foley papers

Identifier: MC117
Scope and Contents This collection concernes the life of Cardinal John Foley, from his childhood to his passing in 2011.Series I contains correspdondence between Father Foley and various individuals, starting from his time in the Jesuit Novitiate. A large amount of letters, located in an oversized box, between Father Foley and his parents.Series II deals with Foiley's life as a priest, form his days at St Charles Borromeo Seminary up until he was elevated to the rank of Archbishop....
Dates: Majority of material found within 1949 - 2011

Archdiocesan Superintendent of Schools records

Identifier: MC 92
Abstract The parochial school system in Philadelphia officially began in 1852 under Philadelphia's fourth bishop, John Nepomucene Neumann. However, the first Catholic schools in Philadelphia can be traced to the mid- to late-18th century under the purview of local parishes, and early expansion occurred unsystematically until the 1850s. Since few parishes had the resources to provide a K-12 education, many Catholic households chose to send their children to Philadelphia's public schools. Due to...
Dates: 1890 - 1932; Majority of material found within 1910 - 1926

Archdiocese of Philadelphia Proposed 10th Synod

Identifier: MC 100

This collection contains plans and correspondence for the proposed 10th Synod of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in the 1960s. The bulk of the collection contains statutes and plans from the various preparatory commissions.

Dates: Majority of material found within 1962 - 1965; 1832 - 1987

Bishop Edward Cullen Papers

Identifier: MC 103

This collection contains the papers of Bishop Edward Cullen when he was a Msgr. in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia while he was head of Catholic Social Services. The bulk of the material deals with his time on the City of Philadelphia’s MOVE Commission as well as his work on the 1983 Holy Year of Redemption and the Council of Priest.

Dates: Majority of material found within 1982 - 1987; 1965 - 1987

Bishop John England Letters

Identifier: MC 99

This collections contains correspondence of Bishop John England, first Bishop of Charleston, South Carolina. The bulk of the collection contains outgoing letters from Bishop England to the Honorable William Gaston.

Dates: 1821 - 1846

Bishop John Neumann Beatification and Canonization

Identifier: MC 109

This collection contains material covering the cause fo rBishop John Neumann's Beatification and Canonization.

Dates: Majority of material found within 1959 - 1977; 1886 - 1980

Bishop Thomas J. Shahan, Papers.

Identifier: MC 19
Dates: Majority of material found in 1905-1932

Bonner, Monsignor John J. Papers

Identifier: MC 49
Scope and Contents

The documents in this collection consist mainly of correspondence, prayers, sermons, speeches, etc. which were amassed by Msgr. Bonner during his career associated with the city of Philadelphia Catholic School System.

Dates: 1909-1945

Cardinal's Commission on Human Relations Collection

Identifier: MC 116
Scope and Contents This collection consists of records, photographs, and audio recordings belonging to the offices of the Cardinal’s Commission on Human Relations. The materials relate to the Commission’s work in quelling racial tensions within the Church and greater Philadelphia area, as well as foster relationships between Catholic and non-Catholic communities. The collection is held in 56 document boxes and 2 Bankers boxes, spanning 30.5 linear feet. The collection’s materials date from 1963 to 1990, with...
Dates: 1963-1990; Majority of material found within 1970-1983

Catholic Club of Philadelphia records

Identifier: MC 23
Abstract The Catholic Club of Philadelphia, formerly the De Sales Institute of Philadelphia, was founded January 2, 1877. The Club offered wealthy men of a certain socioeconomic background cultural, intellectual, and social opportunities. This collection contains administrative records, including by-laws and reports, as well as general correspondence. Programs, souvenirs, and ephemera related to club-sponsored events and events sponsored by other local Catholic societies are also...
Dates: 1871 - 1923

Patrick Coad family papers

Identifier: MC 37
Abstract Patrick Coad (1783-1872), an Irish immigrant who settled in Philadelphia, was the first patentee of a graduated galvanic battery with insulated poles. Touting his battery among other uses as an instrument that helped cure various diseases, Coad’s invention attracted a good deal of attention within the scientific and medical communities. A teacher whose interests focused on medicine and the sciences, Coad also travelled throughout Pennsylvania and the surrounding area as a lecturer on the...
Dates: 1798 - 1888

Committee on Research and Development of the Urban Ministry

Identifier: MC 115

This collection concerns the Committee on Research and Development of the Urban Ministry, or CORDUM. The collection at the Catholic Historical Research Center contains various drafts of sub-committee reports and of the final report from 1975. Also included are various correspondence between members of the Committee and meeting minutes from the sub-committees.

Dates: Majority of material found within 1971 - 1975

Dr. Peter F. Moylan records

Identifier: MC 54
Abstract Dr. Peter F. Moylan was born in Pittston, Pennsylvania on July 12, 1860. Moylan studied at Wilkes-Barre Academy and later enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 1887. Soon after graduation he served his residency in St. Mary's Hospital where he later assumed the charge of the surgical department. On May 4, 1904, Moylan married Miss Nellie A. Drislane of Philadelphia. The couple had three children; Peter F. Moylan Jr., Agnes Margaret Moylan, and Helen Moylan who died...
Dates: 1770-1917; bulk 1917

Dr. Peter LaManna papers

Identifier: MC 113

The collection covers the career of Dr. Peter LaManna from his time at the Reading Choral Society in the mid-1960s to his leadership of the Archdiocese’s Liturgical Music office and beyond. It is subdivided into many different categories, from correspondence to booklets from the Masses his choirs sang at.

Dates: Majority of material found within 1961 - 2005

Episcopal Ordination of DeSimone and Schulte

Identifier: MC 105

The collection contains material relating to the ordination of Louis Anthony DeSimone and Francis Bible Schulte to Auxiliary Bishops in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The collection includes both planning material and ephemera from the day of the ordination on August 12, 1981.

Dates: 1981

Father Francis Carbine Papers

Identifier: MC 108

This collection contains material focusing mainly on St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, as well as general history of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and writings by Father Carbine.

Dates: Majority of material found within 1930 - 1979; 1832 - 1980

Francis B. Gallagher collection of Fenian Brotherhood records

Identifier: MC 14
Abstract The Fenian Brotherhood, the American branch of the Irish Revolutionary Brotherhood, was established in 1858 with the goal of establishing an independent Ireland. As well as raising money and gathering arms to send back to Ireland, the Fenians also engaged in military activity against the British, leading two failed invasions of Canada. Factionalism within the organization led to the Brotherhood's decline by the 1880s. This collection primarily contains the correspondence of...
Dates: 1862 - 1870; Majority of material found within 1866 - 1870

Martin I. J. Griffin papers

Identifier: MC 8
Abstract A prominent Catholic historian and Philadelphia native, Martin Ignatius Joseph Griffin was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 23, 1842. His parents, Terence J. and Elizabeth (Doyle) Griffin, were immigrants from Ireland. He was educated in parochial and public schools and began his journalistic career as a contributor to Catholic newspapers. Widely known as a church historian, Griffin authored many works dealing with Catholic history and was a frequent contributor to and editor...
Dates: 1842 - 1950; Majority of material found within 1870 - 1911

Herman Joseph Heuser papers

Identifier: MC 1
Abstract Herman Joseph Heuser, D.D. (1851-1933) was a Catholic intellectual and prolific writer who influenced scholarly circles and clerical life in the United States and abroad through his literary work. Heuser edited the American Ecclesiastical Review (1889-1975) as well as published The Dolphin (1900-1908), a Catholic literary magazine. These publications reflected Heuser's varied interests from clerical subjects to the arts. ...
Dates: 1811 - 1933; Majority of material found within 1890 - 1925

Irish Catholic Benevolent Union

Identifier: MC 98

This collection contains materials related to the Irish Catholic Benevolent Union. The bulk of the collection contains incoming and outgoing correspondence to the national headquarters as well as invitations and programs to events hosted by the I.C.B.U.

Dates: 1872 - 1893

John Foley Papers

Identifier: MC 106

The collection contains material relating to the 1980 Synod of Bishops in Rome, the Holy Year of Renewal and Reconciliation in 1974, and the National Conference of Catholic Bishops from 1969 to the 1980s. This collection includes mainly correspondence and administrative records.

Dates: 1968 - 1985

John Gilmary Shea Correspondence

Identifier: MC 51
Abstract John Gilmary Shea (1824-1892) was a notable writer, editor, and historian of American Catholic history. Shea is considered one of the first American Catholic historians in the United States. Much of his recognition and lasting fame comes from the accolades and accomplishments of publishing nearly three hundred articles and books. The John Gilmary Shea Correspondence preserved in the Philadelphia Archdiocese Historical Research Center primarily consists of correspondences received...
Dates: 1836-1891; undated

Joseph A. Weber collection

Identifier: MC 111
Dates: Majority of material found within 1903 - 1920

Elizabeth Sarah Kite papers

Identifier: MC 2
Abstract Elizabeth Sarah Kite (1864-1954) was a teacher, social scientist, historian, author, and archivist. Born in Philadelphia to Quaker parents, Kite was educated at Westtown Boarding school and the Philadelphia Friends’ Select School; and then studied extensively in Europe. In 1906, she converted to Catholicism, after her experiences with French Catholics. From 1909 to 1918, Kite was employed in the research laboratory at the Vineland Training School, and conducted research in the Pine Barrens...
Dates: 1865 - 1954; Majority of material found within 1890 - 1935

Kurtz-Fichtel Family Papers

Identifier:  MC 96

The collection is comprised of material saved by the Kurtz-Fichtel Family for genealogy. The Kurtz family was Roman Catholic while the Fitchel family was originally Protestant but converted to Catholicism after coming to America. The bulk of the collection contains correspondence and property deeds for land in and around Germantown.

Dates: Majority of material found within 1830 - 1888; 1830 - 1950

Lawrence Francis Flick, M.D. Papers

Identifier: MC 18
Scope and Contents

Letters and Circulars to Flick and the American Catholic Historical of Pennsylvania.

Dates: 1889-1930

Legion of Decency

Identifier: MC 102

This collection contains correspondence from the national Legion of Decency as well as correspondence dealing with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The collection also includes lists of numerous movies ratings as well as official publications form the Legion.

Dates: 1933 - 1968

David Lynch papers

Identifier: MC 13

David Lynch (1793-1860) was an active member of the Democratic Party in Pennsylvania in the mid-19th century and a friend and supporter of President James Buchanan. The bulk of this collection is comprised of Lynch's correspondence with other politically active Pennsylvanians and includes letters between Lynch and Buchanan. Also included are personal papers, pamphlets, religious ephemera, newspaper clippings, photos, and engravings.

Dates: 1830 - 1875; Majority of material found within 1830 - 1858