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Office of the President & Chancellor: John A. Stafford records

Identifier: SHU-0003-007

Scope and Contents

The collection contains one letter regarding land acquisition and other letters from the University of the State of New York. Also included are lecture notes from before his tenure as president.


  • Creation: 1884-1907

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.

Biographical / Historical

John Stafford was the seventh President of Seton Hall. He was born March 13, 1857 in Paterson, New Jersey. He studied classics first at St. John's in Pennsylvania and then at Seton Hall College. He continued his studies at the American College in Rome, Italy and was ordained April 8, 1888. Upon his return to the United States, he served in various New Jersey parishes. He was appointed vice-president of Seton Hall in September of 1893 under Father Marshall, he was then selected as rector of St. Augustine's in Union Hill. He was elected as president of Seton Hall May 10, 1899.

At the time of Stafford's appointment, student enrollment at the college was 165. During his years as President the college grew and the College celebrated its Golden Jubilee.

In March 1903, Father Stafford was raised to the rank of Monsignor. In 1906, Stafford resigned from his position and became pastor of St. Paul the Cross Church in Jersey City, NJ. He then went to St. Patrick's Church in Jersey City, where he died, January 21, 1913.

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


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John A. Stafford was the seventh president of Seton Hall College, from 1899-1906. The collection contains letters and lecture notes from his time teaching.

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, 2012, 2013. Re-processed and finding aid revised by Patrick McCall, March 2020.

Office of the President & Chancellor: John A. Stafford records, 1884-1907
M. Kenny. Revised by P. McCall
2007, 2020
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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