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.

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