One year ago, Seton Hall’s Monsignor William Noé Field Archives and Special Collections Center received two grants: one to process the papers of New Jersey politicians, and one to process the papers of Irish fraternal organizations. Apprentice archivists were hired and trained by Seton Hall staff, and they got to work organizing boxes of material, deciphering handwriting, and creating custom archival boxes for obsolete media such as LPs and Super-8 videos.
The results are now ready for scholars:
MSS 132 Papers of Arthur A. Quinn, early 20th century labor leader
MSS 003 Papers of Richard Hughes, the first Catholic governor of New Jersey
MSS 002 Papers of Bernard Shanley, Chief of Staff to President Eisenhower
MSS 0135 John Concannon Collection, National Historian of the Ancient Order of the Hibernians
MSS 0145 James MacFarland Collection, past president of the AOH New Jersey State Board
MSS 0146 AOH New Jersey Collection, materials documenting Irish American life sourced from the AOH New Jersey
MSS 0147 Knights of Columbus / Catholic Daughters of the Americas Collection, materials from these fraternal organizations
MSS 0148 James Comerford Papers, papers of a New York City judge who spent time as a volunteer in the IRA
MSS 0150 Gloria Schneider Papers, papers which document the donor’s involvement in numerous Catholic organizations in Northern New Jersey
The archives encourage those interested in these newly available materials to make an appointment to see them in the reading room. We look forward to seeing scholars use these collections to enrich our understanding of history!