Eleanor C. Donnelly papers. 1873-1905 (MC 48)

Eleanor C. Donnelly (1838-1917) was a significant figure on the Philadelphia literary scene.  Called “The Poet of the Pure Soul”, she wrote 85 books, contributed to numerous Catholic magazines and newspapers, and served as editor of the Augustinian magazine, “Our Lady of Good Counsel.”

This collection contains correspondence, largely from priests and Bishops throughout the United States in answer to her requests for facsimiles of episcopal seals. Also included is an autograph book containing signatures of American Confederate prisoners of war held at the Johnson’s Island prison.

1 box, 0.4 linear ft.

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

John Gilmary Shea Correspondence, 1836-1891 (MC 51)

John Gilmary Shea (1824-1892) was a notable writer, editor, and historian of American Catholic history. Shea is considered one of the first American Catholic historians in the United States. Much of his recognition and lasting fame comes from the accolades and accomplishments of publishing nearly three hundred articles and books.

The John Gilmary Shea Correspondence preserved in the Philadelphia Archdiocese Historical Research Center primarily consists of correspondences received by Shea throughout the 19th century. Some of the larger files of correspondence are from Oscar W. Collet, Archbishop Michael Augustine Corrigan, John Ward Dean, Edmond Mallet, J.W. Powell, and Eugene Vetromile. There is only one folder of approximately twelve outgoing correspondences and another folder of unidentified received correspondence.

3 Linear feet ; 7 boxes

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