Born into a prominent Philadelphia Quaker family, Thomas Middleton Cooke (1842-1923) converted to Catholicism and joined the Augustinian order. After his ordination, Middleton was assigned to Villanova University (then Villanova College) where he served for almost 60 years. He served as the University’s tenth president from 1876 to 1878. He had also served as a teacher, archivist, librarian, and vice-president of the university.

Middleton was the first president of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia (ACHS), an organization he helped found in 1884. He also served as editor of the Society’s journal, the Records of the American Catholic Historical Society from 1899 to 1905.

Middleton wrote many essays on local Catholic history and the Augustinian Order. This collection contains correspondence, most of which relates to the ACHS, as well as personal papers, research notes, published materials, and ephemera, including newspaper clippings.

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