Seton Hall University History Book & University Libraries Support

The recent release of the book entitled: Seton Hall University, A History, 1856-2006. (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2023) by Dr. Dermot Quinn is a detailed work that commemorates the development of our institution over its first 150 years of operation. This work is the detailed product of the documentary vision achieved by Dr. Quinn which required the central usage of primary resources housed within the University Libraries and the Monsignor William Noé Field Archives & Special Collections Center in particular. Dr. Quinn noted that our libraries were his “second home” while in the process of researching and writing this volume.

Dermot Quinn is a professor of history at Seton Hal University. Educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and New College, Oxford, his books include Understanding Northern Ireland (Manchester: Baseline Books, 1993), Patronage and Piety: English Roman Catholics and Politics 1850-1900 (Stanford CA: Stanford University Press, 1993), and The Irish in New Jersey: Four Centuries of American Life (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2004).

As Dr. Quinn wrote in the opening sequence of this tome which provides a helpful introduction to the Story of Setonia: “In 1856 James Roosevelt Bayley, Roman Catholic Bishop of Newark, founded a school in Madison, New Jersey, calling it Seton Hall College in honor of his aunt, Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton. The name was a gesture of piety and a statement of intent. By honoring the greatest promoter of Catholic schools in early nineteenth century America, Bayley wished to continue her work of building American Catholicism through education, charity, and moral instruction. . . . Seton Hall was the seed and fruit of his vision. In the thin soil of mid-Victorian New Jersey Catholicism, he built more than a school. He built a people. . . Bayley’s faith in the progressive value of education, in the pious purposes of Catholic schools, in the powerful generosity of poor people, had to do with the future. . . “ (Quinn, Dermot. Seton Hall University, A History 1856-2006, 1.)

Image of James Roosevelt Bayley, First Bishop of Newark (1814-77). Source: Setonian Diamond Anniversary History of Seton Hall College, 1931

In regard to advance praise, the publisher’s note found on the book jacket of this work expresses the following feelings regarding the effort of Dr. Quinn: “In this vivid and elegantly written history, Dermot Quinn examines how Seton Hall was able to develop as an institution while keeping faith with its founder’s vision. Looking at the men and women who made Seton Hall what it is today, he paints a compelling picture of a university that has enjoyed its share of triumphs but has also suffered tragedy and loss. He shows how it was established in an age of prejudice and transformed in the aftermath of war, while exploring how it negotiated between a distinctly Roman Catholic identity and a mission to include Americans of all faiths.”

When it comes to the size of this volume and the usage of resources perspective from various University Libraries sources total 560 pages total with 60 of those accounting for endnotes that specifically credit each of the sources that represent background information found within the pages of this volume.

Image of the first campus site for Seton Hall College in Madison, New Jersey, 1856-60. Source: Seton Hall University Libraries E-Repository

The University Libraries features copies of the book available for review or checkout from Walsh Library under the LC Call Number: LD4931.S32 Q56 2023. More information on the book proper can be found via the following link = Quinn, Dermot. Seton Hall University, A History 1856-2006

Additional information can be found in the near future within our E-Repository as well –  E-Repository = Quinn, Dermot. Seton Hall University, A History 1856-2006

Resources to aid your own journey through Seton Hall University can be found within the Monsignor William Noé Field Archives & Special Collections Center = Monsignor William Noe’ Field Archives & Special Collections Center and through our University History Library Guide = Seton Hall University History Library Guide

Please stay tuned as we plan to have more recognition of this book and the work of Dr. Quinn during the Fall 2023 semester.

Need help? Book a research appointment here: Research Appointment Site

Happy Reading and “Hazard Zet Forward!”

Seton Hall Universit Pep Rally. Source: Galleon Yearbook, Seton Hall University, 1951

University Libraries & The Petersheim Academic Exposition

The 27th annual edition of the Petersheim Academic Exposition and its theme of: “Share, Honor, Unite,” will take place from Monday, April 24 – Friday, April 28, 2023. This annual celebration of scholastic accomplishments involves the entire Seton Hall University community including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, administrators, and staff from among the various disciplines.

The following panels are dedicated to accomplishments associated with the University Libraries or feature individuals representing our repository in chronological order . . .

Exploring the Historical Development of U.S. Higher Education – Student Panel

Monday, April 24th = 2:00-3:00 p.m. Walsh Library, Second Floor Commons Area

In this session, a panel of master’s and doctoral students of Higher Education will share their research exploring various facets of the history of American higher education. Panelists will share work on wide-ranging topics including the historical development of: U.S. colleges serving students with disabilities, Greek life at Seton Hall, higher education in prisons, women in postsecondary STEM subjects and courses, remote work in higher education, and the development of the Catholic Archdiocese of Newark’s higher education system in the 1800s and the 1900s. 

Ethics Across the Disciplines: Expert Faculty Session

Tuesday, April 25th = 10:00-11:00 a.m.

In this session, faculty experts from a variety of disciplines come together to discuss ethical considerations within their own disciplines and the possibilities of commonalities across different kinds of ethics and ethics in research. This expert panel includes:

  • LaMar Bolden, Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy
  • John Buschman, Associate Provost for Research and Innovation and Dean of University Libraries
  • Sulie Chang, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
  • Madison Krall, Assistant Professor of Communication
  •  Link To Attend Via Teams Video = Click here to join the event

DataLab Showcase – Presented by University Libraries 

Wednesday, April 26th = 3:00-5:00 p.m. Walsh Library, Second Floor Commons Area

The DataLab is an interdisciplinary project providing data management and data analysis training to students working with faculty on small-scale research projects. Students will use many quantitative and qualitative data analysis software such as Atlas.ti, SPSS, Stata, jamovi and data visualization techniques to analyze and report their project results. Students are required to attend a minimum of four data classes plus participate in hands-on exercises and assignments. DataLab student stipends are paid by the Office of the Provost as part of the Seeds of Innovation

For more information on these and other events including registration requirements please consult the event web site = 2023 Petersheim Academic Exposition

We look forward to seeing you next week!

Lexis Uni – An Introduction

Lexis Uni – An Introduction

The presence of Lexis Uni (formerly known as Lexis-Nexis Academic) within our offerings of specialized databases is an important resource for students and faculty who are especially interested in current news stories, legal summaries, corporate profiles, and related subject matter.

Lexis Uni Welcome Screen

As outlined on the LexisNexis administrative site, the mission inherent within this resource is to promote the need for continued: “diversity of thought” approach to the access and usage potential found within the content offered through this database. Working with the research community is an ongoing factor when it comes to updating and providing as high a quality information-centered tool as possible. The Lexus Uni site also delivers a global perspective that is a useful option for the general public and academic communities alike.

Here is the link to our Lexis Uni site: Lexis Uni Database Page – Seton Hall University Libraries

Need help? Book a research appointment here: Research Appointment Site

Easter & Passover Break – University Libraries

The Seton Hall University Libraries will pause operations from midnight on Thursday, April 6th and will re-open on Tuesday, April 11th at 8:00 a.m. to allow students, faculty, and administrators to observe Holy Week and the celebration of Passover.

In the interim, if you are interested in learning more about the history and symbolism of Easter and Passover please feel free to consult the following E-Books on both holidays.

Please feel free to also check out a book from our Leisure Reading Collection to take with you:

Leisure Reading Information

We also welcome your remote usage of the University Libraries Homepage for other research projects:

Have a safe and restful break ahead!