Elizabeth Ann Seton letters, 1799-1818 (MC 44)

This small collection includes letters from Elizabeth Ann Seton to Matthias and Joseph O’Conway. Matthias, a prominent Philadelphian especially within the Catholic community, was the father of Cecilia O’Conway, Philadelphia’s first nun and the first women to join Seton’s order, the Sisters of Charity. The correspondence is personal in nature and relates to several members of the O’Conway family, particularly Cecilia. Also included is a letter from Elizabeth to her sister-in-law Rebecca Seton regarding members of the Seton family.

0.2 Lin. Ft., 9 Items

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

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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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The American Catholic Historical Researches Vol. 15 papers, ca. 1810-1898 (MC 56)

Started in 1884, the Historical Researches in Western Pennsylvania—Principally Catholic was a quarterly magazine that facilitated the gathering of information–documents, comments, correspondence, etc.–that helped document the activities and history of the Church and Catholics in America for future scholars, historians, and Catholics interested in American Catholicism. By 1886, the quarterly magazine was renamed to American Catholic Historical Researches and Martin I. J. Griffin became both the editor and publisher. The purpose of the quarterly magazine remained the same under the direction of Griffin.

Materials in The American Catholic Historical Researches Vol. 15 papers, ca. 1810-1898, were most likely compiled by Martin I. J. Griffin and specifically consists of papers that document Reverend Samuel Cooper’s activities before and after he became a Christian convert. It specifically focuses on his altruism after his religious conversion. The collection was most likely used for the publication of the Toothless Priest, Rev. Samuel Sutherland Cooper, The Founder of Mother Seton’s Institution published in the 1898 American Catholic Historical Researches Volume 15. Materials in this collection comprise of newsclippings, correspondence, a telegram, and various research materials.

0.2 linear feet, 1 box

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