Mark Antony Frenaye papers, 1807-1868 (MC 16)

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Mark Antony Frenaye (1783-1873) was a prominent Philadelphia Catholic businessman who served for many years as the financier and treasurer of the Diocese of Philadelphia. Frenaye also was the largest financial contributor of St. John the Evangelist Church (1830), which Bishop Francis P. Kenrick erected as a way to, according to Frenaye, break down the system of trustee control in the city. Trusteeism involved the practice of Catholic laity assuming control of the administration of churches, even to the point of hiring and firing pastors. Frenaye also managed the Bishop’s Bank, which Bishop Kenrick established in 1848 for working Catholics who did not want to use the private savings institutions.

This collection contains mainly correspondence. A copy of the will of Demetrius Gallitzin, emigre Russian aristocrat and Catholic missionary priest, is also included.

1 Box, .4 linear ft.

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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