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.

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 Right Reverend Monsignor Louis Meyer papers, 1910-2007 (MC 3)

Louis Joseph Meyer (1897-1985) attended St. Charles Seminary in Overbrook, Pennsylvania starting in 1914, was ordained in the Roman Catholic Church in 1923, and served as a parish priest for the next 19 years. He served as an Army chaplain during World War II, and was stationed in the China-Burma-India Theater until 1946. Upon his discharge from the service, Meyer resumed his parish duties in Philadelphia. He was elevated to Monsignor in 1965, retired in 1972, and passed away in 1985.

The Right Reverend Monsignor Louis Meyer papers document the writings, travels, and service of Monsignor Louis Joseph Meyer (1897-1985). This collection dates from 1910 to 2007 and consists of Meyer’s theater work, short stories and writings, speeches and sermons, academic materials relating to St. Charles Seminary and the University of Pennsylvania, travel documents and ephemera, correspondence, notes, journals, diaries, scrapbooks, photographs, and subject files containing clippings and other printed materials.

7.5 linear feet; 18 boxes

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Thomas Cooke Middleton papers, 1859-1917 (MC 7)

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.

2 boxes, 0.8 Lin. ft.