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Records of St. John the Baptist Church, Brooklyn, 1873-1989

In 1865, the Right Reverend John Loughlin, the first bishop of Brooklyn, invited the Order of the Mission of St. Vincent de Paul (the Vincentians) to found a Catholic institution of learning in Brooklyn. Led by the Reverend Edward M. Smith, C.M., a small community of Vincentians purchased a large plot of land for the college, on which was a small house for the brothers. The name originally chosen for the college in 1868 was Mary, Queen of the Isles, but by 1869 was
changed to St. John the Baptist, Bishop Loughlin’s patron. The college grounds would include a parish church, also run by the Congregation of the Mission. The cornerstone of a wooden-framed church was laid in 1869. This wooden church was soon rendered inadequately small by the growth of the parish, and in 1888 the cornerstone to a new church was laid. This new church, designed by the famed architect Patrick C. Keely, was based on Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
It took six years to build the stone structure, which was finally dedicated in 1894. When St. John’s College (later, St. John’s University) moved to Queens in the late 1950’s, the direct affiliation was ended. However, it continues to serve as an active parish and as the main church of the Vincentian community that was founded in 1868.

This collection contains various programs, correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, and other documents relating to St. John the Baptist Church and the Vincentian community in Brooklyn. Of note are the detailed Sunday Announcement books dating from 1873 to 1936 which list upcoming masses, meetings and events of various parish groups including the college,
parochial school, and Sunday school classes; as well as marriage banns and prayer requests for ill and deceased members of the parish.

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St. John the Baptist Church 1894 program

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Jollon Family Papers, 1898-1955

This collection includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, and other documents related to the Jollon family, of which several members attended St. John’s University. The majority of the papers relate to Alfred J. Jollon, who graduated from St. John’s College with a Bachelor of Arts in 1905 and a Master of Arts in 1908. He served on the St. John’s College Alumni Association and the Board of Trustees, and was awarded an Honorary Honorary Doctor of Laws from St. John’s College in 1929.

In addition, there are various documents that illustrate the university’s history, including correspondence regarding a patent filed and received by Dr. Rev. Edward J. Carey, C.M. of St. John’s College for a type of athletic hurdle equipment (filed October 21, 1922, issued April 14, 1925).

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Jollon Family Papers image

 

St. John’s University Student Organizations Collection

The Student Organization Collection consists of one or more folders for each organization. If you have material to contribute about your student organization, please contact the University Archives. Types of materials collected include:

Posters Newsletters
Photographs Founding documents
Scrapbooks Meeting minutes
Video and Audio Correspondence
Memorabilia Reports

Series 1 – General
Series 2 – Honor Societies
Series 3 – Greek Societies

Student Organizations – General
Academic and Leadership Peer Help Assistance (ALPHA)
Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP)
Accounting Society
Actuarial Club
AD Club
African Students Association
Albanian American Cultural Club
Amateur Radio Club
American Chemical Society
American Pharmaceutical Association
American Pharmacists Association (APhA)
American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP)
APICS – Educational Society for Resource Management
Arab Students United (ASU)
Arabic Club
Asian Students Association
Association for Computing Machinery
Association of Latino Professionals for America
Autor de la Francophonie (see also: French Club)
Avaaz (Sikh Student Organization)
Biology Students Organization
Black Student Union
Business Administration Society
Caribbean Students Association
Category (Ad Agency)
Catholic Intercollegiate Women’s Glee Club (CINWGCA)
Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
Catholic Student Community
CAUSE (Community and University Services in Education)
Chamber Music Society
Chappell Players
Cheer Team
Chinese Christian Fellowship
Chinese Cultural Association
Chinese Student and Scholars Association (CSSA)
Chinese Students Association
Christian Fellowship
Circle K
Circolo Italiano
CLACS (Committee on Latin American and Carribean Students)
Classical Studies Association
College Democrats
College of Pyschiatric and Neurological Pharmacists (CPNP)
Commuter Connection Committee
Crew Club
Criminal Justice Association
Cru
Crusade Society / Crusaders
Cyber (Cyber Security Club)
Debate Society
Delta Rho (Non-Traditional Student Society)
Disney Club
Drama: Dramatic and Military Entertainments
Drama: Genesian Guild – Teachers College
Drama: St. John’s College Dramatic Society
Drama: The Stagers – University College
Drug Information Association
Earth Club
Earth Club Eco Fair
Economics and Finance Society
EDEN (Religious and Artistic)
Education Society
Feminists Unite
Filipino Society
Food for Thought (Poetry Club)
French Club (see also: Autor de la Francophonie)
Gaelic Society
Glamour Gals
Glee Club
Global Goals
Guyanese Student Association
Habitat for Humanity
Haitian Society
Haraya: Black Students Coalition / Pan African Students Coalition
Hellenic Club
Her Campus (Journalism)
Hindu Students Council
Historical Society
Homeland Security Student Association
Indian Subcontinental Students Org. (ISSO)
Industry Pharmacy Association
Intellectual Society
International Association of Indente Students (Creative Expression, Dialog, Service)
International Students Association
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
Irish Society
Italian Cultural Society
Japan Forum
Jazz Band
Jazz Ensemble
Jewish Cultural Society
Jewish Organization of Cultural Students (JOCS)
Jewish Students Association
Kerala Students Organization
Korean Campus Crusade for Christ
Korean Students Association
Latin American Student Organization (LASO)
Legal Society
Live Dance Crew
Management Society
Marketing Club
Math Club
Minstrel Society
Minute Men
Mixed Chorus
Music Club
Muslim Students Association
National Association for the advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
National Association of Black Accountants
New Vision Art Society (NEVAS)
Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS)
Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS) Hispanic Heritage Month
Organizations Committee
Otaku Brigade (Anime, Sci-Fi, Comics, Gaming)
Pep Band
Phillipine Americans Reaching Everyone (PARE)
Philosophy Club
Polish Culutre Club
Pre-Dental Club
Project Sunshine
PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America)
Psychology Club
RAAZ (South Asian Dance)
Red House (Fashion)
Rho Chi Post (Pharmacy Newsletter)
RISE Network (Black and Latino Freshman)
Senior Committee
Sensacion Dance Team
Shruti (South Asian Acapella Team)
Sinai’s Radiant Liturgial Dance Ministry
SJU Views
Social Justice Book Club
Social Justice Exchange
Society for Visual Arts
Society of Physics Students (SPS)
Sociology Club
Sodality of the Immaculate Conception
Speakers Association / Speakers Club
Spech and Hearing Association
Spectrum (LGBT)
Sports Management Club
St. John’s Committee for Peace
St. Vincent DePaul Society
St. Vincent’s College: Evening & Weekend Student Association
Startup Society
Step Ya Game Up (Step Dance Team)
Student Art League
Student College of Clinical Pharmacy (SCCP)
Student Leadership Program
Student P.O.W. Action Committee
Student Psychological Association
Student Society of Pediatric Pharmacy
Student Veterans Association
Students for Life
Tau Omega Chi (Toxicology Club)
Ukrainian Club
UNICEF
United Nations Association of the USA at SJU (UNA-USA)
Vietnamese Cultural Organization
Vietnamese Student Association
Vincentian Service Corps
Voices of Victory
We Are One 365 (Veterans/Military)
Women on Wall Street
WRED (Television Club)
WSJU (Radio Station – St. Vincent’s College)
Yearbook Committee
Young Republicans

St. John’s University Scrapbook, 1870-1935

This scrapbook contains memorabilia and newspaper clippings related to St. John’s University and to the Catholic community in Brooklyn, including events held at the Lewis Avenue, Brooklyn Campus at St. John’s College Hall, the Church of St. John the Baptist, the St. John’s Seminary, the St. John’s Parochial
School, and events in celebration of John Loughlin, the first Bishop of Brooklyn (1817-1891). There are also programs for various events relating to the centenary celebration of the Miraculous Medal in 1930. A number of St. John’s University presidents, church officials, and other prominent persons related to
early St. John’s history are represented in the scrapbook.

It is inferred that Joseph W. Carroll, a student at St. John’s University from 1870-1874, was the original creator of the scrapbook because of a penmanship sample which matches the remains of correspondence long ago ripped out of the
scrapbook dating to 1870 when he was a student at St. John’s, as well as Carroll’s involvement in the various events for Bishop Loughlin included in this scrapbook.

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St. John's University Scrapbook

 

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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Read a blog post about the Composition Book

Student Composition Book 1870's

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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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

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

 

Arthur B. Carton Collection, 1921-1925

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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).