Student Composition Book, 1871-1874

This composition book was handwritten by seventeen students of St. John’s College, Brooklyn, New York, (founded in 1870) between 1871 and approximately 1874. The ledger has a plain cover and lined paper with no page numbers. The title page reads, “Compositions of Class of 1871-72 Saint John’s College Cor. of Lewis + Willoughby avs Brooklyn L.I. N.Y.” in decorative handwriting. The binding is fragile and the ink on some of the pages is faded.

The entries within this volume vary in length; some are shorter and authored by only one or two students, while the longest story, “Edward Bradwell” was written by nine students contributing various chapters. Only a few entries are dated. One entry describes the funeral services of the Rev. David O’Mulane, Pastor of the Church of St. Vincent de Paul, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on October 25, 1873.
The seventeen student authors are listed in the roster of pupils in the St. John’s College course catalogs. The list below shows the academic years in which each student is listed, as well as their home address at the time. Several of the authors of the essays in the book were founding members of the school’s first student society the “St. John’s Literary Union.” The society’s motto was Veritas Semper Vincit (truth always prevails).

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Catholic Newspaper Collection

A collection of seven Catholic newspapers published in New York and Baltimore, Maryland. Two are German language newspapers.

  • The Record of the Catholic Benevolent Legion (Brooklyn)
  • Metropolitan Record: Official Organ of the Archbishop of New York (New York)
  • The Illustrated Catholic American (New York)
  • New York Freeman’s Journal and Catholic Register (New York)
  • The Catholic Review (Brooklyn)
  • Katholische Kirchen Zeitung (New York)
  • Katholische Volks Zeitung (Baltimore, Maryland)

 

The Record of the Catholic Benevolent Legion (Brooklyn)
1888-1892
1 bound volume
18.5 x 12 inches

1888-12-01 to 1892-03 (v1:12 to v10:3)

Metropolitan Record: Official Organ of the Archbishop of New York (New York)
1860, 1863
2 bound volumes
16 x 11 inches

1860-07-07 to 1860-12-29 (v2:1 to v2:25)
1863-01-03 to 1863-12-19 (v5:1 to v5:51)

The Illustrated Catholic American (New York)
1880-1881
4 bound volumes
16 x 11 inches

1880-01-17 to 1880-06-26 (v1:1 to 1:23)
1880-07-10 to 1880-12-25 (v2:2 to 2:26)
1881-01-01 to 1881-06-25 (v3:1 to 3:26)
1881-07-02 to 1881-12-31 (v4:1 to 4:27)

New York Freeman’s Journal and Catholic Register (New York)
1863-1879, some missing issues
11 bound volumes
22×15.5 inches

1863-04-18 to 1864-03-19 (v24:1 to v:24:50)
1864-04-16 to 1865-04-01 (v25:1 to v25:52)
1865-09-16 to 1867-03-23 (v26:23 to v27:52)
1869-03-27 to 1871-03-18 (v30:1 to v31:52)
1869-09-11 to 1875-05-29 (v30:35 to v36:11)
1870-03-26 to 1871-03-18 (v31:1 to v31:52)
1871-03-25 to 1872-03-16 (v32:1 to v32:52)
1871-03-25 to 1873-03-15 (v32:1 to v33:52)
1873-03-22 to 1873-12-27 (v34:1 to v34:41)
1874-03-21 to 1875-12-25 (v35:1 to v36:41)
1877-03-17 to 1879-03-08 (v38:1 to v39:52)

The Catholic Review (Brooklyn)
1872-1893
38 bound volumes
15 x 10.5 inches
Also available on 15 reels of microfilm 1872-1895

1872-04-20 to 1872-12-28 (v1:1 to v2:26)
1873-01-04 to 1873-06-28 (v3:1 to v3:25)
1873-07-05 to 1873-12-27 (v4:1 to v4:26)
1874-01-04 to 1874-07-27 (v5:1 to v5:26)
1874-07-04 to 1874-12-26 (v6:1 to v6:26)
1874-09-05 to 1875-06-26 (v6:10 to v7:26)
1875-07-05 to 1875-12-25 (v8:1 to v8:26)
1876-01-01 to 1876-06-24 (v9:1 to v9:26)
1876-06-24 to 1876-12-23 (v10:1 to v10:26)
1877-01-01 to 1877-06-30 (v11:1 to v11:27)
1877-01-01 to 1877-12-29 (v11:1 to v12:26)
1877-07-07 to 1877-12-29 (v12:1 to v12:26)
1878-01-05 to 1878-12-21 (v13:1 to v14:25)
1879-01-04 to 1879-06-28 (v15:1 to v15:27)
1879-07-05 to 1879-12-27 (v16:1 to v16:26)
1880-01-03 to 1880-06-26 (v17:1 to v17:26)
1880-07-10 to 1880-12-25 (v18:1 to v18:26)
1881-01-01 to 1881-06-25 (v19:1 to v19:26)
1881-07-02 to 1881-12-31 (v20:1 to v20:27)
1882-01-07 to 1881-06-24 (v21:1 to v21:25)
1882-06-05 to 1881-12-30 (v22:1 to v22:27)
1883-01-06 to 1883-06-30 (v23:1 to v23:26)
1883-06-14 to 1883-12-29 (v24:1 to v24:26)
1884-01-06 to 1884-06-28 (v25:1 to v25:26)
1884-07-05 to 1884-12-27 (v26:1 to v26:26)
1885-01-03 to 1885-06-27 (v27:1 to v27:26)
1885-07-04 to 1885-12-26 (v28:1 to v28:26)
1886-01-02 to 1886-06-26 (v29:1 to v29:26)
1886-07-13 to 1886-12-25 (v30:1 to v30:26)
1887-01-01 to 1887-06-25 (v31:1 to v31:26)
1887-07-02 to 1887-12-31 (v32:1 to v32:27)
1888-01-07 to 1888-06-30 (v33:1 to v33:26)
1888-07-07 to 1888-12-29 (v34:1 to v34:26)
1889-01-05 to 1889-12-28 (v35:1 to v36:26)
1890-01-04 to 1890-12-27 (v37:1 to v38:26)
1891-01-03 to 1891-12-26 (v39:1 to v40:26)
1892-01-02 to 1892-12-31 (v41:1 to v42:27)
1893-01-07 to 1893-12-16 (v43:10 to v44:24)

Katholische Kirchen Zeitung (New York)
1852-1863
12 bound volumes
16 x 10.5 inches

1852-06-10 to 1853-06-26 (v7:1 to v7:52)
1853-06-16 to 1854-06-08 (v8:1 to v8:52)
1854-07 to 1855-07 (v9:1 to v9:52)
1855-07 to 1856-07 (v10:1 to v10:52)
1856-07 to 1856-07 (v11:1 to v11:52)
1856-01 to 1856-12 (v10:25 to v11:23)
1857-01-23 to 1858-07 (v12:1 to v12:52)
1857-07-09 to 1857-07-23 (v11:51 to v12:1)
1858-07 to 1859-07 (v13:1 to v13:52)
1858-06-17 to 1863-12-31 (v12:48 to v18:22)
1859-07 to 1860-07 (v14:1 to v14:52)
1860-07 to 1861-07 (v15:1 to v15:52)

Katholische Volks Zeitung (Baltimore, Maryland)
1861-1869
5 bound volumes
18 x 12.5 inches

1861-11 to 1862-05
1862-05 to 1862-11
1865-08 to 1866-04
1866-05 to 1867-04
(v2:26 to v2:52)
(v3:1 to v3:29)
(v6:16 to v6:52)
(v7:1 to v7:52)
1862-06 to 1864-04 (v3:8 to v4:54)
1864-05 to 1866-04 (v5:1 to v6:50)
1866-05 to 1868-06 (v7:1 to v8:52)
1868-05 to 1869-04 (v9:1 to v9:52)

Rev. John W. Moore, C.M. Family Papers

The Moore Family Papers include correspondence between John William Vincent Moore, seventh president of St. John’s University from 1906 to 1925, and various members of his family. Also included are several pieces of ephemera and a candlestick rumored to date from the Reformation, when it was used by priests who offered Mass surreptitiously, in secret chapels in the homes of Catholic Scots by the documentation provided. The letters from Fr. Moore detail his life as a seminary student in Germantown, Pennsylvania, his first time visiting St. John’s College in Brooklyn (a temporary assignment before he eventually became President), visiting New York City and touring several churches and other famous sites in New York for the first time, including St. Patrick’s Cathedral and “the Great Bridge of Brooklyn.” He also writes about family life, including the death of his father, whose funeral he was not able to attend, and marriage advice for his sister. Letters from July and August 1914 provide information on Rev. John W. Moore in Europe (Germany, France, and Spain) at the breakout of World War One. A letter dated February 5, 1911 from “Bud,” Fr. Moore’s nephew, to his mother, Mary Weber, provides a description of his last months at the seminary in Germantown, and the reasons why he left to be with his uncle and study at St. John’s College.

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Digital Collection

 

Exhibition: Selected Photographs from St. John’s University Library’s Special Collections

March 21 – May 3, 2017
Public Opening Reception: Tuesday, March 21, 5-7 pm
Please join us at the gallery April 4, from 1:50 – 3:15 pm, when students will share their experiences as curators in bringing this exhibition to fruition.

Dr. M.T. Geoffrey Yeh Gallery, Sun Yat Sen Hall
Monday-Friday 10am-5pm
Third Saturday of each month 11am-4pm
http://www.yehgallery.com/

The Dr. M.T. Geoffrey Yeh Gallery is delighted to announce the opening of the first exhibition curated by graduate students in the M.A. Museum Administration Program.

Selected Photographs from St. John’s University Library’s Special Collections, features the work of internationally recognized photographers Manuel Àlvarez Bravo, Elliott Erwitt, Ralph Gibson, and Garry Winogrand.

Six student curators – Laura Brownlie, Kristen Dorata, Michal Erdogan, Justine McEnerney, Suzanne Nelson, and Jonquil Schaller-Harris – each created a mini-monographic exhibition focused on works by a single photographer. The show offers a broad overview of works by major contributors to the history of twentieth century photography, and showcases the graduate students’ unique curatorial visions. The exhibition includes photographs gifted to the university by S.D. Alimonte, (Law ‘68) and by Theodore L. Barba (Law ‘65).

Encompassing examples of documentary photography, street photography, commercial photojournalism and fine art photography, the exhibition emerged from the students’ deep research on their subjects, as well as their studied application of theories and practices of contemporary curating. The group experimented with different display techniques and different approaches to juxtaposing text and image. The exhibition highlights students’ interpretative responses to the photographs’ distinctive visual, affective, and narrative qualities.

“The students’ work reveals an exceptional level of professionalism,” said Dr. Susan Rosenberg, Director of the M.A. Program in Museum Administration, who oversaw the project’s realization as part of her class, “Introduction to Curating.”

George J. Crane Papers, 1898-1949

George James Crane graduated from Boys High School, Brooklyn, in 1910, and then earned a B.A. (cum laude) at St. John’s College in 1914, an M.A. at Columbia University in 1917, and a Ph.D. at Fordham University in 1929. He also served in the armed forces during World War I. Crane was a teacher and principal at several New York City area elementary and high schools including Boys High and Boys Summer High in Brooklyn; East Side Evening High in Manhattan, and P.S. 71. He was the first principal of Bayside High School in Queens, from 1936 until 1951 when he retired. Additionally, from 1920, Crane taught courses in English and American Literature at St. John’s University and Manhattan College. George Crane passed away in 1966.

This collection contains the personal papers of George Crane, including memorabilia, correspondence, photographs, clippings, class and lecture notes, a master’s thesis, dissertation, and publications. There are two scrapbooks; one contains personal items such as school and drama club materials, newspaper clippings, and photographs. The other scrapbook was compiled by Crane’s students in 1933 prior to his trip to England.

George J. Crane portrait

Christopher J. Gorman Collection, 1932-1940

Christopher Joseph Gorman received his B.A. from St. John’s University in 1934. As an undergraduate he was active in many student organizations, including the Skull & Circle honor society (president), Sigma Zeta Chi, Crusade Club, Student Council,  Torch (business manager), Vincentian (organization editor), Glee Club, Orchestra, and Dramatic Society, as well as class football and basketball, among other activities. Gorman went on to study at St. John’s Law School, from which he graduated in September 1936.  He acted as editor-in-chief of the Law Review journal of St. John’s Law School in 1935-1936.

This collection contains memorabilia collected by Christopher J. Gorman during his time at St. John’s University and as an alumnus, including two scrapbooks he compiled about his education, career, and personal life.

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Christopher Gorman yearbook photo

Elaine M. Lilli Collection, 1952-1956

Elaine Marilyn Lilli (née Andrews) graduated from University College at St. John’s University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in June, 1956. She was a member of the Squaw Society (a sorority at University College), Chorus, The Gaels, History Seminar, Intramurals, and St. John’s News, among other activities. This collection contains memorabilia from Elaine M. Lilli’s time at St. John’s University from 1952 to 1956.  The items reflect her academic and extracurricular activities.

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Elaine M. Lilli yearbook photo

Thomas F. Meehan Catholic History Collection

Thomas Meehan (1854-1942), Brooklyn native, was a historian, newspaper editor, and writer. He was an authority on Irish Catholics, especially in New York. Meehan was managing editor of the “Irish-American” weekly newspaper, New York correspondent for several national and international papers, assistant managing editor of the “Catholic Encyclopedia” and long-standing contributor to “The Tablet,” the newspaper of the Diocese of Brooklyn.

The collection at St. John’s represents subject files on various topics, primarily focused on the Catholics and Catholic organizations of New York. They were likely used by him as support material for his research. Most of the collection is comprised of newspaper and magazine clippings. Almost all materials except the clippings are in the process of being digitized and added to our digital collections website, including correspondence, pamphlets, images, ephemera, and other documents.

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Original Leaves from Famous Books – Nine Centuries 1122 A.D. – 1923 A.D.

This collection of manuscript and printed leaves from famous books was complied by Otto F. Ege, a professor of art history and private collector of manuscripts.

View the collection online.

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St. John’s University Audio Collection

This collection contains audio recordings of historical events at St. John’s University, including songs performed by the St. John’s College Glee Club.

Listen to the audio recordings here.

St. John's College Glee Club record