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Archival Collections

Our Collections


The institutional memory of both Seton Hall University and of the Archdiocese of Newark is found in our collections which date from the inception of the Diocese in 1853 and the college's founding in 1856.

  • manuscript collections
    • New Jersey governors Brendan Byrne and Richard Hughes and other political figures including Donald Payne
    • letters and photographs related to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s family
    • collections related to Jewish Christian Studies or Irish and Italian experiences in the Archdiocese of Newark and Catholic New Jersey 
  • photographs and artifacts
  • bulletins/catalogues and handwritten ledger books dating from 1861
  • more than two hundred different campus publications including the White & Blue/Galleon (student annual-yearbook) and Setonian (student newspaper), both of which began in 1924.
  • rare books and texts from the fifteenth century to the present day
  • Archdiocese of Newark materials
    • correspondence, diaries, ledgers that chronicle the history of the bishops, priests, parishes and programs of the four counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Union
    • Official Catholic Directories
    • Information on religious communities and their work with Catholic institutions
    • sacramental registers from closed parishes - Please consult Sacramental Requests
    • microfilmed [by the Latter Day Saints] parish and cemetery records useful for family history research - Please see Genealogy Resources


For more information contact or (973) 761-9476.