The Éire of Library Exploration

March is Irish Heritage Month. With this observance in mind and at hand, there are an abundance of resources to share with you.

We are delighted to announce the successful conclusion of our Irish history project at the archives which was generously funded by the New Jersey Historical Commission, Irish Immigrant Solidarity in New Jersey, 1870-Present.  This project hired an advanced graduate student in Library Science, Quinn Christie, to process the papers of several Irish fraternal organizations.  The cornerstone of the project was processing the papers of the historian of the Ancient Order of the Hibernians, John Concannon.  This enormous collection of 120 linear feet (120 banker’s boxes of materials) had to be rehoused in archival boxes and folders, organized in a logical way and described so that researchers could find what they were looking for by a simple keyword search.  In addition, a collection of 63 fragile registers which recorded the membership records of the Knights of Columbus, had to be preserved, which entailed building custom size boxes for each one from archival materials.

Example of St. Patrick’s Day Historical Resources found in our Special Collections

Our project archivist was so efficient that she completed this work ahead of schedule, allowing time for her and her colleague Sean Cureton to digitize substantial portions of the collections, build digital exhibits, and create a display window just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.  In the end, over 1,200 files were digitized, comprising almost 29 GB of data.  The digitized materials can be found by exploring the finding aids here:

The Papers of John Concannon and the Ancient Order of the Hibernians

https://archivesspace-library.shu.edu/repositories/2/resources/500

James MacFarland Collection

https://archivesspace-library.shu.edu/repositories/2/resources/505

Ancient Order of the Hibernians – New Jersey Collection

https://archivesspace-library.shu.edu/repositories/2/resources/506

Knights of Columbus and the Catholic Daughters of America – New Jersey Chapter

https://archivesspace-library.shu.edu/repositories/2/resources/507

James Comerford Papers

https://archivesspace-library.shu.edu/repositories/2/resources/508

Gloria Schneider Papers

https://archivesspace-library.shu.edu/repositories/2/resources/510

Please visit our digital exhibits:

Irish-American Organizations: The Power of Connection by Quinn Christie

James Comerford: Irish American History and Culture by Sean Cureton

“Irish American Organizations and Political Advocacy Exhibit.” Window Gallery, Walsh Library

And stop by the first floor of Walsh Library to see our window exhibit!

In addition, a vast selection of information resources can be found related to Ireland “Éire” within the Seton Hall University Libraries.

Publications related to the Irish experience cover a wide range of specific topics including culture, history, literature, and religion to name just a few of the interesting themes that await discovery.

You are welcome to access our Library Guide as a starting point for specific Ireland and American Irish-centered content . . .

Ireland & American Irish Studies

We also feature a specialized research site dedicated to Irish Literature created and maintained by Professor Gerry Shea . . .

Irish Literature: Celtic Revival to Present

The Irish have been a popular subject for study on our campus for decades and we have featured specific aspects of our collections within past news stories published over the years. Please feel free to explore more specific highlights found within our archived blog entries . . .

Irish Featured Research Blog Posts – University Libraries

Irish Featured Research Blog Posts – Archives & Special Collections Center

Example of Irish inspired Cover Art representing various volumes found in our Irish-Themed Book Collections

“Happy Reading” or “Sásta Taighde!”

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Celebrating the 80th Anniversary of the Coronation of Pope Pius XII

by Jeanne Brasile

80 years ago Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli was elected Pope, assuming the name Pope Pius XII

Photograph of Pope Pius XII with red cloak wearing cross
Pius XII with tabard by photographer Michael Pitcairn, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

As we approach the 84th Anniversary of Pope Pius XII’s coronation, which took place on March 12, 1939, the Department of Archives and Special Collections and the Walsh Gallery are poised to receive a large bequest of materials from the Estate of Sister Margherita Marchione, a Roman Catholic sister, educator, author and scholar of Pope Pius XII.  Sister Marchione joined the Religious Teachers Filippini of Morristown in 1938 at the age of 16 just one year before the coronation of Pope Pius XII.  This event must have made an indelible impression on the young sister, for she would go on to author numerous books about himIn her later years, she was an ardent supporter of his canonization, establishing a small research facility and museum on the grounds of Villa Walsh where the Filippini Sisters live and teach

Religious sister in nun's habit standing next to shelf of memorabilia of Pope Pius XII
Sister Margherita Marchione in front of one of the many displays she created at Villa Walsh to honor Pope Pius XII. Dated 2010, from her personal collection.

Over time, Sister Margherita compiled an immense collection of books and artifacts on Pope Pius XXII including photographs, relics, paintings, artifacts and the slippers he was wearing at his coronation. Sister Marchione’s bequest is to be accompanied by an extensive compilation of rare books and manuscripts from the sister’s archives.  Reviewing the collection in preparation for the transfer of the objects, the gallery and archives staff were amazed by the meticulously organized displays with labels and notes about the artifactsPhotographs were organized with dates, captions and notes about the events and subjects depicted. Objects had notes on their acquisition and display cases kept dust and light from damaging objects. “It is unusual to have a collection come to us with this level of description and organization. It gives us a very real sense of Sister Margherita’s passion and attention to detail – she must have been a force to reckon with having seen all that she had accomplished and her avid documentation of her life’s work, noted gallery staff. 

Sister Marchione in her nun's habit meeting Pope Pius XII in his characteristic red tabard
Sister Margherita Marchioni in 2012 at a mass honoring Pope Pius XII. Photograph from her personal collection.

In her later years, the sister was dedicated to the cause of the canonization of Pope Pius XII.  Born Eugenio Maria Giuseppe Giovanni Pacelli in 1876 in Rome, he served in numerous offices before ascending to the papacy; secretary of the Department of Extraordinary Ecclesiastical Affairs, papal nuncio to Germany, and Cardinal Secretary of State.  He ascended to the papacy and was crowned on March 12, 1939 serving until his death on October 9, 1958The cause of canonization of Pope Pius XII was opened on November 18,1965 by Pope Paul VI during the final session of the Second Vatican Council. He was declared Venerable by Pope Benedict XVI on December 19, 2009, the first step on the road to sainthood.

pair of ornate velvet slippers, tan with green floral embroidery
Pope Pius XII’s shoes, worn at his coronation, from Sister Marchione’s collection

When these materials come under the care of the archives and gallery at Seton Hall University, they will become part of a large and distinguished collection of liturgical objects, Catholic material culture, rare books and manuscripts that document the story Seton Hall University and the Roman Catholic Church, particularly of the Archdiocese of NewarkExisting collections include a large assembly of vestments, liturgical objects and rare bibles in addition to papal bulls and portraits of Catholic religious leadersBefore objects are made available for research and exhibitions, they will undergo an assessment by gallery staff, including a rigorous process of documentation, detailed description, photography and preservation in custom archival mounts to keep them safe for generations to come.  The end result will be a searchable – and ultimately – public facing online collection that is of high research value to students, faculty and scholars, as well as exhibitions, projects and programs inspired by the collection.  The collection will also be available by request for on-site research in the University Libraries’ Reading Room. 

If you would like to see a small assortment of art and artifacts from the university’s collections, visit Google Arts and CultureThe Walsh Gallery has a considerable collection of fine art, artifacts and archeological specimens for use by faculty, students and researchers. For access to this or other objects in our collections, contact us at 973-275-2033 or walshgallery@shu.edu to make a research appointment.  

The Walsh Gallery welcomes visits for personal enjoyment, research and enrichmentWe also welcome scheduled group visits that use exhibitions or the university’s collections for pedagogy and researchIf you would like to inquire about how the gallery and special collections can support your teaching and learning experience with objects and/or exhibitions, please contact us.  

 

Spring Break and Peaceful Pursuit Ideas

With Spring Break here, the University Libraries is happy to offer ways to relax both the mind and spirit away from the classroom.

Students who are on campus during Spring Break can visit our Wellness Room located on the Fourth Floor of Walsh Library. Funded by a Great Minds Dare to Care grant, the Wellness Room is a private and quiet space that offers a calming environment designed to help lower stress along with improving the mental health and well-being of Seton Hall students. More information can be found here – Wellness Room

In addition, through the vision of Junior Social Work major Ms. Emily Montanez, the University Libraries has created a Leisure Collection of readings that showcases several interesting and inspirational titles. These books can be found in the Reference Section, located on the Second Floor of Walsh Library. More information about this initiative can be found here – Destress Over Spring Break With Leisure Reading

During Spring Break Week, The University Libraries will be closed from Saturday to Sunday, March 4-5 and on Saturday, March 11. Walsh Library will open from Monday, March 6 through Friday, March 10 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and resume normal hours on Sunday, March 12 at 11:00 a.m.

Have questions? Please feel free to reach out to us here: Research Appointment Site

 

Presidential Research and Information Resources

The Seton Hall University Libraries contain numerous articles, books, reports, and primary sources that cover the span of the American Presidency from 1789 through the present day. Our electronic resources are accessible both on-campus and remotely alike.

A good place to start is our Presidential Research Library Guide created by Assistant Dean for Public Services, Lisa De Luca that can be accessed here:

Presidential Research Library Guide

While that link is a recommended starting place for presidential history within this country, any search can be modified for individual aspects of the office, historical legacy, individual figures from George Washington to Joseph Biden and all in-between which can be found through the Seton Hall University Libraries catalog using the keyword – “President*” to begin your query:

University Libraries Home Page

Senate Bill Recognizing President’s Day and the Birthday of George Washington, 1878. (National Archives Image)

Additionally, book titles related to Presidential Studies can be found through the following site link to compliment

Presidential Book Titles – University Libraries Catalog

Did you know the archives holds the diary of Bernard Shanley, advisor to President Eisenhower?  This diary provides an incredibly detailed account of the president’s activities and meetings.  It sheds particular light on the relationship between Joseph McCarthy and President Eisenhower.  The 400+ page diary has been completely digitized, thanks to a grant from the National Archives, and can be accessed through the Shanley Collection Finding Aid.  Parts of the collection that have not been digitized can be seen in the Special Collections Reading Room.

We also provide information related to the broader of Political Science maintained by Professor Michael Murphy. Our specialized Library Guide maintained by Professor Murphy covers civil-based and leadership subject matter in broader detail and is readily available to our research community.

Political Science Library Guide

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American Flag Border (National Archives Image)

University Libraries Announces Love Data Week Schedule for 2023

The University Libraries Research Data Management team presents SHU’s 6th Annual Love Data Week, from Monday, February 13th to Friday, February 17th, 2023. This popular week of events was launched to highlight the new direction in academic libraries to find, manage, analyze, and visualize data.  These services are critical for enhancing the quality of student coursework, faculty and student research, access to collections as well as graduate retention.  Registration for all events here.

This year’s workshops range from Github for Researchers to Python for Quantitative Research as well as topics in finance and leisure reading.  The Data Discovery session on February 15 will show data subscriptions available to the SHU community to enhance research, grant proposals, and even one’s personal life.  PolicyMap, for example, is an easy to use mapping tool that allows a user to explore U.S. neighborhoods where the SHU community lives, works or volunteers.  PolicyMap is used across SHU in disciplines ranging from Public Health to Education and Business Writing with Professor Greg Iannarella.

SCHEDULE:

High-Performing Investments for the Socially Conscious 
Monday, February 13, 2023, 10:00am – 11:00am, Dr. Anthony Loviscek
Python for Quantitative Research
Monday, February 13, 2023, 1:00pm – 2:00pm, Malik M. Redwood, ’24
GitHub for Researchers: Mastering Collaboration and Version Control
Tuesday, February 14, 2023, 11:00am – 12:00pm, Ms. Salah Muddathth
Index Developing in Python Creating “Financial Attractiveness Index”
Tuesday, February 14, 2023, 1:00pm – 2:00pm, Dr. Olga Komissarova
Data Discovery: Navigating ICPSR, PolicyMaps, Statista, and Living Atlas of the World
Wednesday, February 15, 2023, 2:00pm – 3:00pm, Dr. Samah Alshrief
Logistical Regression Modeling in Stata
Thursday, February 16, 2023, 11:00am – 12:00pm, Dr. Samah Alshrief
What’s on Your TBR? Predicting Five-Star Reads with Book Data
Friday, February 17, 2023, 11:00am – 11:30am, Professor Maria Barca

Registration is here and workshops will run virtually Eastern Standard Time. All sessions will be recorded and shared.  Please email data.services@shu.edu with questions.

University Libraries Assistant Dean for Public Services, Lisa DeLuca remarks, “University Libraries has steadily increased the size of our Research Data Management team over the past three years to include six librarians across two campuses in South Orange and Nutley plus lead data analyst Samah Alshrief, PhD, ‘22.  The team is led by Sharon Ince, Interim Assistant Dean of Information Technology and Collection Services and Assistant Dean DeLuca.

The planning committee for Love Data Week includes librarians including Professor Michael Murphy who supports the value of this initiative: “I’m very excited by the mix of new and returning speakers and the breadth of topics being covered this year.” Professor Murphy is the liaison to the School of Diplomacy and International Relations and the Department of Political Science & Public Affairs.  Professor Murphy also coordinates DiploLab, a collaborative research space run by Dr. Joseph Huddleston.  DiploLab allows students to explore their interests related to international relations, engage with faculty, and apply what they are learning beyond the classroom.

In addition, 2022 programs include great presentations about Seton Hall’s Collections Around the World and conversations about Data Ethics.

Newspaper Research – Historic and Contemporary Databases

Newspaper Research – Historic and Contemporary Databases

This month’s database feature are newspapers, both current subscriptions as well as historic. Our Newspaper Collection covers a wide-range of local and internationally based major city dailies and, specialized presses, from the 18th century to the present day.

Newspaper Databases Site

Historic Newspapers Site

Thematic areas include African American Newspapers, Catholic News, Civil Rights, Ireland, Judaism, Latino/a, and Women’s Studies.

Nexis Uni is a great news and legal resource.

Nexis Uni Database Site

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News Article from Nexus Uni featuring Seton Hall University, 2022

Creating an Open Access Journal with the University Libraries

by Maria A. Barca

Are you interested in publishing in or creating an Open Access journal? If your answer is “yes!”, but you don’t know where to start, then keep reading. In this blog post, we’ll look at how Seton Hall University Libraries can help you create or publish in an Open Access journal.

Open Access scholarship—including journals—are high-quality, peer-reviewed works that are freely available for people to access. There are no financial, legal, or technical barriers to accessing Open Access content. See this link for more information.

So where would you go to publish or create an Open Access journal? To our repository, of course!

Seton Hall University has an institutional repository: eRepository @ Seton Hall. Through the eRepository, Seton Hall students, faculty, researchers, and other community members can upload their Open Access scholarly research, data and datasets, podcasts, infographics, presentations, etc., for the world to access. You can immediately see the reach that our eRepository has with the interactive map found on the front page of the site.

If the prospect of posting in our eRepository excites you: good! Your librarians are here to help you upload your scholarly works to the repository; and if you have even bigger goals, we can also help you create academic, peer-reviewed Open Access journals to showcase the works of scholars and students on a particular topic or area of expertise. One of our eRepository journals, Locus: The Seton Hall Journal of Undergraduate Research, has been particularly successful.

If you are interested in publishing in the eRepository, creating an Open Access journal, or just have more questions about how we can help you expand your research output, please contact the Research Information Management Librarian, Maria A. Barca (maria.barca@shu.edu) or reach out to the eRepository email (eRepository@shu.edu).

Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit at New Walsh Gallery Exhibit

image of incense Aagainst a mountain backdrop
Lauren Schiller
Meditation: Pilgrimage
oil on panel
10″ x 8″
2019

Walsh Gallery welcomes the community to its Spring exhibit: Matter+Spirit, a collaboration between Chinese and American artists in which participants respond to the roles materiality and spirituality play in their societies.

The opening, on Wednesday January 25 from 4-7pm, coincides with the Lunar New Year, which celebrated the new Year of the Rabbit this past Sunday. Lunar New Year is celebrated in many Asian societies, including China, Korea, Vietnam, and more.

At 3pm, Professor Lauren Schiller, who was one of the artists who participated in the seminar and created one of the paintings in the exhibit, will speak about her experience in China and her piece. Join her talk on Teams.

At 4pm, the Gallery will open and the following speakers will briefly address attendees:

Welcome: John Buschman and Joseph Martinelli

Core Connections: Nancy Enright

Exhibit Overview: Jeanne Brasile

Artist Introduction: Lauren Schiller

Musical Performance: Students in the Chinese Language program, led by Dong Dong Chen.

5-7pm: explore the exhibit and enjoy refreshments outside

We hope you can join us!

Historical NSA Posters

In our efforts to uncover and share various interdisciplinary resources including materials that have both a textual and visual basis for added informational perspective.

A historical example that touches on the topic of Security from a Political Science, International Relations, Business, Scientific, and additional fields of enterprise can be found in a site that showcases 1950s-70s posters created by the National Security Agency (NSA).

Through the generous efforts that fall under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) these images have been made available to the public for research purposes.

The link to this site can be found here = https://governmentattic.org/28docs/NSAsecurityPosters_1950s-60s.pdf

For additional information on this topic and research assistance on any subject, please feel free to contact us via the following site = https://library.shu.edu/library/research-appointments

Best wishes and success to everyone for the Spring Semester!

Podcast on Social Media, Religion, and Feminism – Dr. Ruth Tsuria

We are happy to announce the latest installment of the University Libraries podcast series entitled: Zet Forward. This podcast entitled: “Social Media, Religion, and Feminism with  Dr. Ruth Tsuria”

features an interview with Dr. Ruth Tsuria who collaborated with Dr. Heidi A. Campbell (Professor at Texas A&M University) on the edited work: Digital Religion, Understanding Religious Practice in Digital Media, 2nd ed. (Routledge, 2021)

Digital Religion, Understanding Religious Practice (Publishers Site)

Ruth Tsuria, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Communications at Seton Hall University and is a prolific author having published articles in various academic outlets, such as The International Journal of Communication, The Communication Review, and Social Media + Society along her book volumes.

Ruth Tsuria, Ph.D. – Faculty Profile

This podcast covers the work of Dr. Tsuria along her work to further scholarship and awareness of topics related to Communication, Social Media, and Feminism along with their varied intersections in a historical and contemporary context.

You can find this podcast at Podcast @ Seton Hall University.

Zet Forward is a podcast to celebrate authors and other individuals who are involved with projects for the benefit of Seton Hall University and the wider world.  The series began in February of 2022.