The Right Reverend Monsignor Louis Meyer papers, 1910-2007 (MC 91)

Louis Joseph Meyer (1897-1985) attended St. Charles Seminary in Overbrook, Pennsylvania starting in 1914, was ordained in the Roman Catholic Church in 1923, and served as a parish priest for the next 19 years. He served as an Army chaplain during World War II, and was stationed in the China-Burma-India Theater until 1946. Upon his discharge from the service, Meyer resumed his parish duties in Philadelphia. He was elevated to Monsignor in 1965, retired in 1972, and passed away in 1985.

The Right Reverend Monsignor Louis Meyer papers document the writings, travels, and service of Monsignor Louis Joseph Meyer (1897-1985). This collection dates from 1910 to 2007 and consists of Meyer’s theater work, short stories and writings, speeches and sermons, academic materials relating to St. Charles Seminary and the University of Pennsylvania, travel documents and ephemera, correspondence, notes, journals, diaries, scrapbooks, photographs, and subject files containing clippings and other printed materials.

7.5 linear feet; 18 boxes

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Thomas Cooke Middleton papers, 1859-1917 (MC 7)

Born into a prominent Philadelphia Quaker family, Thomas Middleton Cooke (1842-1923) converted to Catholicism and joined the Augustinian order. After his ordination, Middleton was assigned to Villanova University (then Villanova College) where he served for almost 60 years. He served as the University’s tenth president from 1876 to 1878. He had also served as a teacher, archivist, librarian, and vice-president of the university.

Middleton was the first president of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia (ACHS), an organization he helped found in 1884. He also served as editor of the Society’s journal, the Records of the American Catholic Historical Society from 1899 to 1905.

Middleton wrote many essays on local Catholic history and the Augustinian Order. This collection contains correspondence, most of which relates to the ACHS, as well as personal papers, research notes, published materials, and ephemera, including newspaper clippings.

2 boxes, 0.8 Lin. ft.