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Special Collections at Seton Hall University

Irish American Archival Collections

The Center collects materials that document the history and experience of Irish or Irish Americans in the United States, particularly in New Jersey and/or in the Catholic Church. 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.


  • Archdiocese of Newark Church reports, 1843-1925, ADN 0010.001
    The Diocese of Newark was created in 1853 and was elevated to an Archdiocese in 1937. The Chancery Office required parish priests to submit yearly reports reflecting the financial and spiritual condition of their churches. The Diocese of Newark Church reports include the annual reports of parish priests to the Chancery Office from 1843-1925, which themselves include information on population and sacramental statistics.
    20.0 Linear feet, Approximately 6,000 items.
  • Archdiocese of Newark Parish records, 1856-2012, ADN 0010.005
    The Archdiocese of Newark has 221 parishes. The Archdiocese of Newark Parish records include correspondence, parish histories, parish reports, brochures, and other materials documenting the activities of the parishes and their parishioners. Parishes that have closed have also sent their sacramental records to the Archives. For more information on sacramental records, please see our homepage. Types of records vary across parishes, and there is material from parishes outside the Archdiocese, as well.
    Approximately 100 linear feet.
  • Stephen Moylan letter to Nathaniel Green, 15 October 1779, Mss 0021
    Stephen Moylan was born in Ireland in 1737, immigrated to Philadelphia, Penn., joined the Continental Army in 1775 and served with George Washington, and was appointed Quartermaster General for the Continental Army in 1776. Nathanael Greene was born in Rhode Island in 17xx, joined the Continental Army in 1775, and was appointed Quartermaster General in 1778, in which post he served until 1780. The Stephen Moylan letter to Nathanael Greene was written 15 October 1779 and is a letter of introduction from Stephen Moylan regarding his brother, John Moylan, who had been appointed to Clothier General, and requests Nathanael Greene's assistance to John Moylan in this office.
    1 page.
  • Rita Murphy papers and phonographs, 1898-2001, Mss 0015
    Papers and phonograph records relating to Rita Murphy's interest in Ireland and Irish culture.
    6.6 linear feet.

Ireland and Irish American Rare Books and Materials

  • Irish Rare Book Collection
    This rare book collection features nearly 2,000 titles, dating from the seventeenth century to the present day, from the collection of Irish literary figure and noted book collector Michael Joseph (Meagher) MacManus (1888-1951), an author and editor of the Irish Press from 1931 until his death two decades later; select papers, photographs and record albums from Rita Murphy (1912-2003), a broadcaster, teacher, and one of the first female graduates of Seton Hall College (Urban Division, 1937), who aired an Irish Music Programme for many ears on WSOU and established and served as Director of the Institute for Irish Culture at Seton Hall University during the 1950s-60s; items from the Concannon book collection.