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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.

Finding Aid (PDF)

Digital Collection

 

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

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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Arthur B. Carton Collection, 1921-1925

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Finding Aid (PDF)

Arthur B. Carton received a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. John’s College in 1925, and graduated from St. John’s School of Law in 1928. He was the secretary of his freshman class, an editor of the student publication Red and White, a member of the Joyce Kilmer Fraternity, and the manager of the St. John’s College baseball team (1922-1923) and football team (1923). He was actively involved in the Alumni Association for many years.

This collection is comprised primarily of St. John’s sports memorabilia, along with a few class registration cards and academic schedules. The baseball scrapbook contains newspaper clippings about the St. John’s baseball team, some memorabilia, and letterheads mainly from colleges and universities. There is a miniature football-shaped charm inscribed, “St. J. 13 Fordham 0 / Arthur B. Carton MGR / 1923” which he received as the manager of the first entirely St. John’s College football team (without St. John’s Prep students).

 

Joseph F. Keany Papers, 1866-1934

Joseph F. Keany (A.M., LL.B., LL.D., K.S.G.) was born on April 9, 1867 in Brooklyn and baptized in “old” St. James Parish, Brooklyn. He was a member of the freshman class of 1882-1883, received the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1893 and the Master of Arts in 1895 from St. John’s College, Brooklyn. In 1913, he was given an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws by his alma mater and later served as a member of the Board of Trustees of St. John’s (1921-1934). Keany studied law at New York University School of Law.

He entered the legal department of the Long Island Railroad in 1894 and eventually rose to the position of general solicitor in 1916. He became a member of the Roman Catholic Orphan Asylum Society in 1899 and held various offices in the organization and served as Vice President until his death on January 7, 1935. In 1920, Pope Benedict XV cited Keany a Knight of St. Gregory. He served also as a trustee of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, was a member of the Emerald Society, St. Patrick’s Society and the Catholic Benevolent Society of Brooklyn. He was a member of the New York State Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Long Island Railroad Veteran Employees Association.

The collection includes photographs, memorabilia, correspondence, a cemetery deed, documents relating to his career as an attorney, and relating to various organizations which he represented, as well as speeches, tributes and articles which are handwritten, typed, or in in published format.

Finding aid (PDF)

IMage of Jopseh F. Keany