photograph album, 1800's
Scope and Contents
This collection focuses primarily on Corrigan’s tenure as Bishop of Newark from 1873-1880. It also contains, however, a notebook chronicling visitations made to New York parishes between 1880 and 1882, and approximately 75 letters to Bishop Winand Wigger, who succeeded Corrigan as Bishop of Newark, written while Corrigan served as New York’s Archbishop.
The Diocese possessed jurisdiction over all New Jersey parishes until 1881 and this material documents Catholicism’s rapid growth during the 1870s. By the 1880s, New Jersey’s Catholic population numbered approximately 175,000 and parochial schools provided instruction for nearly 25,000 students. Corrigan’s expository entries in the Episcopal register offer informal commentary on his travels throughout the state, and correspondence with priests and laymen detail the administrative and financial problems plaguing many parishes.
Unfortunately, extensive correspondence exists only for the years between 1877 and 1880. The Bishop’s letter files for earlier years have not been located, and documentation therefore remains spotty for the years 1872-1876.
Conditions Governing Access
Temporarily closed to research.
Language of Materials
From the Collection: English