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Special Collections at Seton Hall University

17th and 18th Century Catholic Church History Archival Materials

The Center collects materials that document the history of the Roman Catholic Church in New Jersey, the United States, and the world in the 17th and 18th centuries. The following is a partial list of archival collections in this area, and will be added to as more collections are processed. Clicking on the title of the collection will take you to the finding aid for this collection; unless otherwise indicated, materials in these collections are not digitally available.

  • Louis Sonntag military logbook, 1855-1876, (bulk 1855), Mss 0033
    Louis (or Aloisio) Sonntag lived in the 19th century and was likely a member of the Papal Zouaves, the military force of the Papal States. The Louis Sonntag military logbook is a single volume that appears to chronicle information about a Papal State regiment abroad, written in German, Italian, French, and English.
    1 item, approximately 45 pages.
  • Pope Paul V Papal Bull, 17th century, MSS 0115
    This Papal Bull is a decree from Pope Paul V dating from the early 17th century. Pope Paul V was Pope from 1605 until his death in 1621. He is best known for persecuting Galileo for his defense of the heliocentric theory of Copernicus. He also canonized St. Charles Boromeo, Frances of Rome and Albert de Louvain and beatified Ignatius Loyola, Philip Neri, Teresa of Avila and Francis Xavier. This Papal Bull is written in an ornate script that is difficult to translate, so we do not yet have any information on the content of the decree. Therefore, the subject matter of the decree is presently unknown.
    1 item