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Office of the President & Chancellor of Seton Hall University: Bernard J. McQuaid records

 Collection
Identifier: SHU 0003-001
The collection contains letters sent to Reverend McQuaid during one of his years at Seton Hall College by parents, students and donors. Some of the letters concern donations for a new building to replace the main building lost in fire in January 1866. McQuaid's replies are not contained within the collection.

Dates

  • 1865-1866

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to researchers at the Msgr. William Noé Field Archives & Special Collections Center. Advance appointments are required for the use of archival materials.

Conditions Governing Use

All materials available in this collection (unless otherwise noted) are the property of the Monsignor William Noé Field Archives & Special Collections Center and Seton Hall University, which reserves the right to limit access to or reproduction of these materials. Reproduction of materials or content is subject to United States copyright restrictions and may be subject to federal or state privacy regulations. Permission to publish exact reproductions must be obtained from the Director of the Archives and Special Collections Center.

Extent

0.5 Linear Feet (6 folders; Box 1-4 120/A/1)

Overview

Bernard J. McQuaid was the first president of Seton Hall College, from 1856-1867. The collection consists of letters sent to Rev. McQuaid from 1865-1866.

Biographical / Historical

Bernard John McQuaid served as the first President of Seton Hall College (now Seton Hall University). He was born December 15, 1823, though some records indicate 1825, in New York, New York. His father, Bernard McQuaid, originally from Tyrone, Ireland, settled the family in Powel's Hook (now Jersey City), New Jersey. McQuaid's mother died when he was 4 and his father soon after. He was sent to an orphanage in New York City. He then attended Chambly College near Montreal, Canada. He returned to New York to study at St. Joseph's Seminary at Fordham University. It was here that he met Bishop Bayley.

McQuaid was ordained January 16, 1848 in New York City. His first assignment, through the intervention of Bishop Bayley, was to St. Vincent's Church in Madison, New Jersey. He also served in Morristown, Springfield and Mendham. In October 1853, he returned to Madison to serve in the new Diocese of Newark and the new Bishop of Newark, Bayley. The two were able to work closely together to establish the College that Bishop Bayley founded in memory of his aunt, Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton. McQuaid became the first president of Seton Hall College, as it was then known, in 1856. He continued serving in his position as rector of the cathedral in Newark and as Vice-General of the Diocese. After the first school year, he returned to his position in Newark and the Reverend Daniel J. Fisher became president of the College for two years; McQuaid was reappointed to the post in 1859. McQuaid remained at Seton Hall as president until 1867. It is during this time that the campus was moved to South Orange from Madison. The story goes that Bishop Bayley and McQuaid were traveling in a carriage, when Bishop Bayley saw a white marble villa and wondered if they could buy it. McQuaid set about seeing it done, and the villa and the surrounding farm were purchased. The College moved to their new land and the next few years would see the growth of the student body as well as the physical College, as buildings were constructed. The growth was marred by two fires during McQuaid's tenure, the gymnasium saw some fire damage in 1863 and the original marble villa was burned to the ground January 27, 1866.

In 1868, McQuaid was appointed Bishop to the newly created Diocese of Rochester, New York and was consecrated in St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York, July 12th. In Rochester, he continued his work in education, working to establish a parochial school system. He established St. Andrew's Preparatory Seminary in 1870 and opened St. Bernard's Seminary in 1893. Bishop McQuaid attended the Vatican Council in 1870. In 1905 he asked for a coadjutor, and Bishop Thomas F. Hickey was consecrated, 24 May, 1905. Bishop McQuaid died in 1909.

Arrangement

Forms part of Seton Hall University record group 3, Office(s) of the President & Chancellor. The papers are arranged alphabetically by correspondent's last name.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials were transferred to the Archives and Special Collections Center from Seton Hall University. Terms of accession unknown.

Related Materials

Office of the President & Chancellor of Seton Hall University: Michael A. Corrigan records, 1867-1873, SHU 0003.003, in the Monsignor Noé Field Archives & Special Collections Center, Walsh Library, Seton Hall University Library.

Office of the President & Chancellor of Seton Hall University: James H. Corrigan records, 1877-1888, SHU 0003.004, in the Monsignor Noé Field Archives & Special Collections Center, Walsh Library, Seton Hall University.

Office of the President & Chancellor of Seton Hall University: Joseph Synott records, 1898-1899, SHU 0003.006, in the Monsignor Noé Field Archives & Special Collections Center, Walsh Library, Seton Hall University Library.

Office of the President & Chancellor of Seton Hall University: John A. Stafford records, 1889-1907, SHU 0003.006, at the Monsignor Noé Field Archives & Special Collections Center, Seton Hall University.

Office of the President & Chancellor of Seton Hall University: James F. Mooney records, 1900-1928, SHU 0003.008, at the Monsignor Noé Field Archives & Special Collections Center, Seton Hall University.

Office of the President & Chancellor of Seton Hall University: Thomas H. McLaughlin records, 1923-1946, SHU 0003.009, at the Monsignor Noé Field Archives & Special Collections Center, Seton Hall University.

Office of the President & Chancellor of Seton Hall University: Francis J. Monaghan records, 1932-1936, SHU 0003.010, at the Monsignor Noé Field Archives & Special Collections Center, Seton Hall University.

Office of the President & Chancellor of Seton Hall University: James F. Kelley records, 1920-1995, SHU 0003.011, at the Monsignor Noé Field Archives & Special Collections Center, Seton Hall University.

Office of the President & Chancellor of Seton Hall University: John L. McNulty records, 1931-1970, SHU 0003.012, at the Monsignor Noé Field Archives & Special Collections Center, Seton Hall University.

Processing Information

Collection processed as part of Record Group 3: Office of the President by the Archives and Special Collections Center. Re-processed as separate collection and finding aid reformatted, M. Kenny, February 2007. Finding aid revised by Benjamin Clark and Tracy M. Jackson as part of the Overhaul Project collection survey, 2013.
Title
Office of the President & Chancellor of Seton Hall University: Bernard J. McQuaid records, 1865-1866
Author
Finding aid revised by M. Kenny
Date
2007, 2013
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the The Monsignor Field Archives & Special Collection Center Repository

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