Lawrence E. McCrossin papers, 1917-1919 (MC 4)

Lawrence E. McCrossin, a Philadelphia native, was a field secretary for the Knights of Columbus Committee on War Activities in France towards the end of World War I. Prior to this, McCrossin was secretary for the Philadelphia Typographical Union No. 2.

The Lawrence E. McCrossin papers date from 1917 to 1919 and contain travel orders, receipts, inventory lists, and security passes related to McCrossin’s activities in Europe. Most of the correspondence issued through the Knights of Columbus deals with supply and personnel data. Also included are referrals from noted officials Richard V. Farley of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry and Major Thomas F. Meehan of the United States Army; booklets on the subject of various aspects of French life and government along with literature on the Republic of Ireland; and copies of the Chicago Tribune and New York Herald Tribune focusing on the Versailles Treaty and different post-World War I issues. Some materials in French.

.2 linear feet; 1 box

Marian Year collection, 1954 (MC 6)

This collection contains various souvenir materials, including correspondence, ephemera, published items, and photographs commemorating the Marian year celebrations and events that took place within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 1954.

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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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Reverend William McGarvey papers, circa 1900 (MC 5)

Reverend William McGarvey (1861-1924) was an Episcopal priest in Philadelphia who founded a religious order in 1891 called the Congregation of the Companions of the Holy Saviour. Members of the order commit to vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience. McGarvey later left for the Roman Catholic Church after the adoption of the “open pulpit” resolution at the General Convention of the Episcopal Church in 1907. This resolution allowed clergy from other churches and denominations to speak freely in Episcopal churches and was a major change to the Episcopal canon that caused considerable division in the church, and led to other priests leaving for the Roman Catholic Church as well.

The Reverend William McGarvey papers contain 4 personal notebooks with handwritten sermon and lecture notes and outlines. One notebook is labeled “Philosophia”, which details McGarvey’s thoughts and observations on Lazarus, Marian devotion, Lenten symbolism, the “Temple of God,” and church doctrine in general. Also included are pages that have been removed from a notebook. The notebooks cover a wide range of theological matters, including youth, holy communion, mortality, and the Ascension of Christ.