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Office of the President & Chancellor of Seton Hall University: James F. Mooney records

 Collection
Identifier: SHU 0003-008
The collection contains professional and personal papers of the eight president of Seton Hall. Documents the Seton Hall fire of 1909 as well as the Seton Hall College vs. Village of South Orange case from 1911-1915.

Dates

  • 1900-1928

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

1 Linear Feet

Overview

James F. Mooney was the eight president of Seton Hall College, from 1907-1922. The collection contains some correspondence and professional papers from that time as well as two personal items.

Biographical / Historical

James F. Mooney was the eight president of Seton Hall. He was born September 19, 1864 in Brooklyn, New York. He attended both St. Francis Xavier's College in New York City and St. Francis' College in Brooklyn before finishing at Seton Hall in 1884. He studied at Brignole-Sale in Genoa, Italy and on September 21, 1889 was ordained there. Mooney returned to the United States to serve at St. Mary's in Jersey City, NJ and St. Cecilia's Church in Kearny, NJ. He then came to Seton Hall as a professor of Latin and English. At the seminary he assumed the role of vice rector as well as professor of theology and canon law. In 1907 he was elected to serve as President and Treasurer of Seton Hall.

Mooney's tenure saw the rise of the Setonia Athletic Association. In 1908 the baseball team joined in intercollegiate games and in 1909 basketball did the same. In 1909, tragedy struck in the form of fire. The College building was completely destroyed; no lives were lost and through the bravery of students the library's books were saved. Within two months of the fire construction began on a new building. In 1913 building of Bayley Hall began.

In 1911, Father Mooney was raised to Monsignor. In 1922, on August 2, he asked to be relieved of his post as President due to ill health. He served at St. Joseph's Church in Jersey City, NJ until his death on February 27, 1928.

Source: Kennely, Edward F. A Historical Study of Seton Hall College. Ph.D. dissertation, New York University, 1944.
James F. Mooney was the eight president of Seton Hall. He was born September 19, 1864 in Brooklyn, New York. He attended both St. Francis Xavier's College in New York City and St. Francis' College in Brooklyn before finishing at Seton Hall in 1884. He studied at Brignole-Sale in Genoa, Italy and on September 21, 1889 was ordained there. Mooney returned to the United States to serve at St. Mary's in Jersey City, NJ and St. Cecilia's Church in Kearny, NJ. He then came to Seton Hall as a professor of Latin and English. At the seminary he assumed the role of vice rector as well as professor of theology and canon law. In 1907 he was elected to serve as President and Treasurer of Seton Hall.

Mooney's tenure saw the rise of the Setonia Athletic Association. In 1908 the baseball team joined in intercollegiate games and in 1909 basketball did the same. In 1909, tragedy struck in the form of fire. The College building was completely destroyed; no lives were lost and through the bravery of students the library's books were saved. Within two months of the fire construction began on a new building. In 1913 building of Bayley Hall began.

In 1911, Father Mooney was raised to Monsignor. In 1922, on August 2, he asked to be relieved of his post as President due to ill health. He served at St. Joseph's Church in Jersey City, NJ until his death on February 27, 1928.

Source: Kennely, Edward F. A Historical Study of Seton Hall College. Ph.D. dissertation, New York University, 1944.

Arrangement

Forms part of Seton Hall University record group 3, Office(s) of the President & Chancellor. The papers are arranged into two series:

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: Bernard J. McQuaid records, 1856-1866, SHU 0003.001, in the Monsignor Noé Field Archives & Special Collections Center, Walsh Library, Seton Hall University Library.

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/extref>, 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 0003.007, 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, July 2007. Finding aid revised by Benjamin Clark and Tracy M. Jackson as part of the Overhaul Project collection survey, 2012, 2013.
Title
Office of the President & Chancellor of Seton Hall University: James F. Mooney records, 1900-1928
Author
Maura Kenny
Date
2007
Description rules
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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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