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Office of the President & Chancellor: James H. Corrigan records

Identifier: SHU-0003-004

Scope and Contents

The collection contains a letter, correspondence between Rev. James Corrigan and his brother, former President of Seton Hall, Michael Corrigan, a photograph of Rev. James Corrigan, and a photograph scrapbook.


  • 1871-1888, undated

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to researchers at the Msgr. William No?' 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.

Biographical / Historical

James H. Corrigan was the fourth President of Seton Hall College (now Seton Hall University). He was born June 29, 1844 in Newark, New Jersey to Thomas and Mary (English) Corrigan; he was one of nine children. His parents emigrated from Ireland in the 1820s, and his father worked in the grocer business and real estate. Corrigan attended Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg, MD and then went on to the American College in Rome for theological studies. He was ordained at Seton Hall College, October 20, 1867. He served as President of Seton Hall from June 1876 until 1888 when he retired from ill health.

Under Corrigan's leadership the Seton Hall Alumni Association was organized and grew rapidly. The Association helped raise funds for the building of Alumni Hall which was completed in 1884. In 1886 another fire struck the Seton Hall community when the College building was destroyed; however no one was injured in the fire.

Corrigan died of heart disease November 27, 1891.


  1. Flynn, Joseph M. The Catholic Church in New Jersey. Morristown, NJ: ?, 1904.
  2. Kennely, Edward F. A Historical Study of Seton Hall College. Ph.D. dissertation, New York University, 1944.


0.75 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials



James H. Corrigan was the fourth president of Seton Hall College, from 1876-1888. The collection contains correspondence, a photograph of Rev. James Corrigan, and a photograph scrapbook.


This collection is arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

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, March 2007. Finding aid revised by Benjamin Clark and Tracy M. Jackson as part of the Overhaul Project collection survey, 2013. Collection re-processed and finding aid revised by Patrick McCall, March 2020.

Office of the President & Chancellor: James H. Corrigan records, 1871-1888, undated
Finding aid prepared by M. Kenny. Revised by P. McCall.
2007, 2020
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

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

Archives, Walsh Library
400 South Orange Ave
South Orange NJ 07079 US