David Lynch papers, 1830-1875 (MC 13)

David Lynch (1793-1860) was an active member of the Democratic Party in Pennsylvania in the mid-19th century and a friend and supporter of President James Buchanan. Appearing to have been politically well-connected, Lynch was granted an auctioneer’s license for the state of Pennsylvania by then Governor George Wolf. Lynch was also appointed Post Master of Pittsburgh. He held this position from 1833-1840.

The bulk of this small collection is comprised of Lynch’s correspondence with other politically active Pennsylvanians and includes letters between Lynch and James Buchanan. Also included are personal papers, pamphlets, religious ephemera, newspaper clippings, photos, and engravings.

0.2 linear ft., 1 box

*Materials in this collection have been digitized and can be viewed at the Digital Library @ Villanova University.

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John W. Keogh papers, 1906-1960 (MC 50)

circa 1943

Msgr. John W. Keogh (1877-1960) served as a college chaplain for the University of Pennsylvania’s Newman Club (1913-1938), and was the first “Chaplain General” of the national Federation of College Catholic Clubs (1917-1938). He also served as a chaplain for several Catholic organizations and institutions including the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Ladies Auxiliary of that association, and St. Bede’s Chapel.

Keogh was also very involved in the total abstinence movement. He served as president of the Catholic Total Abstinence Union of American. He also served as president  and was instrumental in the founding of the Priests’ Total Abstinence League of America.

The collection is mostly comprised of correspondence, both personal and professional, that mainly documents his work as chaplain of the Newman Club at the University of Pennsylvania.  Also included are clippings, research notes, and published materials reflecting Keogh’s interests in various current events of the first half of the 20th century, particularly those that the Catholic Church was engaged in, such as abstinence, communism, birth control, and Catholic Action. The collection also contains sermons and photographs as well as some legal and estate materials as Keogh was the executor of several wills and estates.

4.8 linear ft., 12 boxes

Martin, Campbell, and Furlong families papers, 1795-1963 (MC 90)

This collection contains papers that document several generations of the Martin, Campbell, and Furlong families with the Martin family receiving the most coverage. To a lesser extent, the Kennedy and Jenkins families, who had strong personal and mercantile ties to the Martin family, are also represented. These interrelated middle class Irish Catholic families who lived in Philadelphia as well as Baltimore and New Orleans, were involved in several prominent industries in the Philadelphia region, including overseas commerce.

Devout in their religious beliefs, the families, the Campbells in particular, played a significant role in shaping Catholicity in Philadelphia. Members of the Campbell family were also actively involved in political and social movements of the nineteenth- and twentieth-centuries, including the labor movement and women’s suffrage. Distinguished members of these families are represented, including suffragist and writer Sarah Jane Campbell (1844-1928).

Items in the collection date from 1795 to 1939 with the majority of materials dating from the period 1825 to 1925. Most items are correspondence, family-oriented and personal in nature; also included are business, estate, and genealogical materials as well as a few photographs.

12 boxes, 4.8 linear ft.

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Thomas Lloyd family papers, 1766-1867 (MC 45)

Thomas Lloyd (1756–1827), known as the “Father of American Shorthand,” published the most complete and official record of the First Continental Congress from the notes taken in his shorthand. Other accomplishments included working for the United States Treasurer, and reporting George Washington’s first inaugural address, which was published in the Gazette of the United States.

Lloyd emigrated from London shortly before the outbreak of the Revolutionary War. During the war, he served as a soldier with the Maryland militia. Lloyd later moved to Philadelphia, where he gained notoriety as a skilled stenographer and teacher. He was invited to serve as the official note taker of the Federal Congressional debates. His publication, the Congressional Register, became widely known as the most accurate and official documentation of the debates. Lloyd’s last publication was Lloyd’s Stenography (1819), a work that compiled the full structure of his shorthand system.

This small collection mostly contains materials related to Thomas Lloyd, including some personal and business correspondence as well as shorthand notes for various events and court cases, including those related to the Hogan Schism as Old St. Mary. Manuscript materials for the book The System of Shorthand Practiced by Thomas Lloyd in Taking Down the Debates of Congress and Now (With His Permission) Published for General Use (1793) are also included. In 1791, Lloyd returned to London with his family where he was arrested and placed in Newgate prison for two years for debt. The diary he kept while imprisoned can also be found in the collection.

Other materials in the collection, such as correspondence and estate papers, relate to Thomas Lloyd’s immediate family, as well as his wife’s family, the Carsons. Some genealogical materials for the Lloyd family are also included.

0.8 linear ft., 2 boxes

*The materials in this collection have been digitized and can be viewed at the Digital Library @ Villanova University.