Studying Ireland, Irish Resources in the Archives and Special Collections Center

With March upon us an increased interest in learning about the culture, history, individuals, events, and traditions associated with the Irish experience is both evident and welcome!  However, when it comes to finding resources related to both Éire proper and Irish-America alike we offer year-round opportunities to study a wide-range of subject areas related to, and inspired by Ireland proper.

 

Image of book plate from library of Michael Joseph (Meagher) MacManusThe Archives & Special Collections Center at Seton Hall University features a group of printed volumes from the collection of Irish literary figure and noted book collector Michael Joseph (Meagher) MacManus (1888-1951) who wrote various nationalist-themed books and worked as editor of the Irish Press from 1931 until his death two decades later. This library includes over 3,000 titles dating from the seventeenth century to the present day and covers several different aspects of Irish and Irish-American life including culture, geography, literature, politics, biography, history and religion. Nearly all editions are printed in either English or Irish (Gaelach).  The core of this collection consists of acquisitions secured by MacManus during his lifetime, but arrangements have been made to add latter day works to what has become a continuously expanding bibliography.

Title Page of Eamon de Valera Biography

Most of these volumes of the volumes found in the MacManus Collection are housed in our repository, but many non-rare titles featuring a connection to the Ireland and Irish-American experience in some manner are also included via our databases (including the JSTOR Irish Studies Collection – https://www.jstor.org/subject/irishstudies and the digital Irish Times and Weekly Irish Times [1859-2015] – https://search.proquest.com/hnpirishtimes/index?accountid=13793) along with various e-books or print volumes in our Main Collection and assorted Reference Collection holdings.  More information can be found via our Irish Studies Research Guide – https://library.shu.edu/Irish-studies

and complimented by one specializing on Irish Literature: Past and Present – https://library.shu.edu/irishlit compiled by Professor Gerry Shea.

The Gael

 

Another collection donated by Rita Murphy (1912-2003), achieved status as one of the first female graduates of Seton Hall in 1937, prior to becoming a long-time director of the Irish Institute at Seton Hall during the 1950s and 1960s.  She also hosted a weekly Irish Music Program on W-S-O-U FM, South Orange and frequently appeared on local television.  Her collection of nearly 1,000 titles are complimented by other important works donated by prominent donors of Irish titles including the recently acquired Emmet-Tuite Library of volumes focusing on varied aspects of the Irish experience printed between from the 16-19th century, noted New Jersey based journalists Barbara O’Reilly; Jim Lowney and noted advocate Jim McFarland whose bequest centers on focused materials related to political issues in Northern Ireland over the past few decades.

Counted among our major subject collections featuring Irish subject matter include the reference papers of John Concannon (1924-2011) former author, publicist and National Historian of the Ancient Order of Hibernians whose voluminous source material on Ireland and Irish-America is especially detailed with particular emphasis on parades, noted political and military figures.  In addition, the Center houses microfilm editions of the National Hibernian Digest (1905-97), Hibernian Journal (1907-69), and Convention Proceedings of the AOH in America (1888-1990).  Various materials including ledgers, documents, and other items representing the New Jersey AOH have also found a central place within our collection.

Poster for United Irish Societies of New Jersey

When it comes to family ties and Irish-connected genealogy, the presence of church census data, select religious community information, educational files and various institutional and parish records are also found within this collection. Original and microfilmed nineteenth and early twentieth century sacramental registers from both current or closed parishes and various local cemeteries provide a wealth of data for those conducting genealogical research for their Irish and Irish-American ancestors either on-site or via mail inquiry. Supplementing these distinctive resources are bound or microfilm copies of Catholic Almanacs and Directories dating from 1851 onward.

Photo of Governor Richard J. Hughes greeting President John F. Kennedy at Mercer County Airport – Trenton, NJ, c. 1962

Governor Richard J. Hughes greets President John F. Kennedy at Mercer County Airport – Trenton, NJ, c. 1962

In terms of manuscript collections individual figures with Irish surnames have also been featured prominently in the organization of archival collections featured at Seton Hall through University connections including such academics and former presidents as Bernard J. McQuaid (1856-1857 and 1859-1867); James H. Corrigan (1876-1888); James F. Mooney (1907-1922); Thomas H. McLaughlin (1922-1933); Francis J. Monaghan (1933-1936); James F. Kelley (1936-1949); John L. McNulty (1949-1959) and John J. Dougherty (1959-1969).  Other prominent collections include resource materials from the laity including Congressman Marcus Daly (1908-1969) of Monmouth County, the first Catholic Governor of New Jersey Richard J. Hughes (1909-1992); and Bernard Shanley III (1903-1992), political advisor to President Dwight Eisenhower to name a few.

For more information about these, and other resources, and/or to schedule a research appointment please contact Alan Delozier, University Archivist/Education Coordinator via E-Mail:  Alan.Delozier@shu.edu or by Phone: (973) 275-2378

After Hours Study Space Now Open

#SHU_Libraries At long last we are pleased to announce the opening of the new After Hours Study Space!

The room is adjacent to Dunkin’ Donuts on the library’s 2nd floor:Photo of After Hours Study Space door

How it works:

During the library’s regular operating hours, the room is open and available with entrance/exit only from within the library through the wooden door.

During the library’s overnight hours

                    • 2am-8am Monday thru Thursday
                    • midnight Friday thru 11am Saturday
                    • 7pm Saturday thru 11am Sunday

—the room is accessible to current SHU students only, with entrance/exit only from outside the library through the card swipe door located on the walkway:Photo oPhoto of exterior door card swipe readerf exterior door card swipe reader

We hope students make use of the room and support our efforts to make the library more accessible!

Photo of After Hours Study Space interior


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“Targeting Top Terrorists” Book Talk with Bryan C. Price

Join us for a talk with the Buccino Leadership Institute’s founding Executive Director Bryan C. Price, Ph.D. as he discusses his new book:

Targeting Top Terrorists Book Cover

WHEN: Thursday, March 21, 2019
TIME: 4PM – 5:30PM
WHERE: Bethany Hall A [view campus map]

Free copies of the book for the first 15 students to arrive!

Please RSVP to Prof. Lisa DeLuca lisa.deluca@shu.edu

Sponsored by:


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No Guest Access to Computers During Spring 2019 Midterms

#SHU_Libraries During Spring 2019 Midterms there will be no guest access to computers from

Monday, March 4th— Friday, March 29th

Alumni access during this time is permitted.

Guest access will resume Saturday, March 30th.


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Walsh Gallery Hosting Panel Discussion on Art-Science Dialogues in the 21st Century

#SHU_Libraries The Walsh Gallery will be hosting a Panel Discussion on Art-Science Dialogues in the 21st Century. This  is an interdisciplinary program in association with the exhibition “Strange Attractors” and will be held in Walsh Gallery on Friday, March 8th, 7pm–9pm.

“Strange Attractors” explores the intersection of art and science in our era of increasing interdisciplinary dialogue. Both the panel and exhibition were conceived as an extension of a symposium hosted at New York City’s CUE Art Foundation in November 2017 that addressed ways in which an art-science alliance might contribute to the larger cultural discourse.

Panelists include: Luis Schettino, Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Lafayette College; Farzad Mahootian, a philosopher and religious studies scholar and Faculty of Liberal Studies, New York University; and Carrie Rohrman, author of “Choreographies of the Living” and Associate Professor of English at Lafayette College.  The panel will be moderated by Taney Roniger.

The objective of the panel and exhibition is to consider ways in which the arts and sciences might join forces to pursue common goals.  Both are designed to foster a creative space in which students, artists, scholars, and members of the community can engage with art through interdisciplinary frameworks.

The panel discussion and exhibition are free and open to the public.  A full-color catalogue with essays by Taney Roniger and Jeanne Brasile is available at Walsh gallery.  The exhibition is presented with generous support from the internationally renowned The Robert Lehman Foundation and the Essex County Arts Council, through a re-grant of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment of the Arts.

Strange Attractors Postcard

“Strange Attractors” Exhibition: January 14 – March 8, 2019

Panel: Friday, March 8th 7pm–9pm

SNOW DATE : Saturday, March 9th 7pm–9pm

Gallery hours: Mon–Fri  10:30am to 4:30pm

Further information on “Strange Attractors” and the Walsh Gallery may be found here.


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Information Resources In Honor of African-American History Month

Information Resources In Honor of African-American History Month

#SHU_Libraries proudly presents and offers our research community a number of information connections related to the African-American experience not only for February, but throughout the year.  Various examples include a specially designed Library Research Guide created by Professor Lisa DeLuca to help with introductory and advanced leads within this organized site located at https://library.shu.edu/afam.

Our University Libraries site also hosts, or offers researchers access to thousands of electronic records, print materials, audio-visual data and other resources that cover African-American themes in general and highlight events, eras, places, people, and a wide-range of varied aspects of importance in particular.  Visit the University Libraries Homepage at https://library.shu.edu/library.

The University Libraries also offers various specialized sites and notices regarding the African-American experience such as commemorative stamps issued by the United States Postal Service that honor the accomplishments of many individuals throughout history. Visit http://www.askcarlos.com/black-history-month-posters.pdf

United States Postal Service Black History Month

In addition, we have a number of resources related to African-American accomplishment connected to Seton Hall University, Catholic New Jersey, and other specialized papers and materials found in our Archives & Special Collections Center including, but not limited to the Papers of Congressman Donald Payne, Thomas and Margaret Melady, and University Archives to name a few.  Visit the Archives & Special Collections at https://library.shu.edu/archives

Inter-Racial Council of 1951 featuring Dr. Francis Monroe Hammond, Seton Hall's first African-American faculty member
Inter-Racial Council of 1951 featuring Dr. Francis Monroe Hammond (seated, front row), Seton Hall’s first African-American faculty member

Photo of Donald M. Payne, former Congressman
Donald M. Payne, former Congressman

For more information please contact: Professor Lisa DeLuca (History and School of Diplomacy Liaison) @ (973) 761-7959 / deluca@shu.edu.

Professor Brooke Duffy (African-American Studies Liaison) @ brooke.duffy@shu.edu, or Alan Delozier (African-American Studies Liaison/University Archivist) @ (973) 275-2378 / alan.delozier@shu.edu


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Group Study Rooms Now With Dry Erase Board Walls

#SHU_Libraries We are pleased to announce that a Student Government Association initiative to repaint 5 of our group study rooms with a blue accent wall and a dry erase board wall is now complete and the rooms are ready to use!

Photo of Dry Erase Board Wall

The 5 re-painted group study rooms are: #305, #307, #308, #311 & #312.

Our deep thanks to the Office of the Provost and Dr Karen Boroff who provided the funding for this project.


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Walsh Gallery Director to Present at College Art Association Conference

The Director of the Walsh Gallery, Jeanne Brasile, will travel to New York City this month to present at the College Art Association (CAA) Annual Conference.

Photo of Jeanne Brasile
Jeanne Brasile

The conference, now in its one-hundred-and-seventh year, is the largest professional gathering of art historians, artists, designers, curators and others dedicated to the visual arts. Participants have access to more than three-hundred sessions on topics such as Impressionism, activism and the political role of artists and the arts.

Read the rest of the story at Seton Hall University News [link].


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