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

 Collection — Box: FB-2
Identifier: SHU 0003-011
The James F. Kelley records house personal records, records of Seton Hall College, and the College's student body.

Within the bounds of Msgr. Kelley's personal documents, there are letters of correspondence and drafts for his memoir. There are some materials from Msgr. Kelley's college years at the University of Louvain continuing to his presidency at Seton Hall College, and concluding with his years at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Ridgewood, NJ. In addition, there are items once belonging to Msgr. Kelley such as photographs, eyeglasses, and a rolodex amongst others.

The Seton Hall College records and the Seton Hall student materials houses correspondence, meeting minutes for various organizations, statistics of enrollment, the expansion of the Seton Hall community, and athletic involvment while Msgr. Kelley served as the college's president. Although the collection contains several scrapbooks and newspaper clippings, they are more a commemoration of the era than of Msgr. Kelley's involvement with Seton Hall. Lastly, there are materials collected after Msgr. Kelley stepped down from the presidency, many of them news articles related to Seton Hall, including President Reagan's visit to New Jersey and the Msgr. Petillo furniture comapny scandal in 1986.

Dates

  • 1920-1995

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

10 Linear Feet

Overview

Msgr. James F. Kelley was the President of Seton Hall University from 1936 to 1949. The James F. Kelley records houses personal records, records of Seton Hall College, and the College's student body.

Biographical / Historical

Msgr. James F. Kelley was the President of Seton Hall University from 1936 to 1949. Msgr. Kelley was born to James F. Kelley, Sr. and Frances Shaw Kelley in Kearny, NJ on July 27, 1902. As a child, Msgr. Kelley attended Seton Hall Preparatory School and later Seton Hall College graduating in 1920 and 1924, respectively.

After completing his degree at Seton Hall College, Msgr. Kelley went to study philosophy at the American College at University of Louvain in Belgium. He was ordained in 1928 and received a graduate degree from Louvain in 1935.

Msgr. Kelley was appointed President of Seton Hall College in 1936, ushering in various changes that would foster the growth of Seton Hall College, eventually earning the status of a University only a year after his presidential resignation. After he stepped down as President of Seton Hall in 1949, Msgr. Kelley was assigned to Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Ridgewood, NJ. Msgr. Kelley stayed at Our Lady of Mount Carmel until he retired in 1976.

Upon retirement, Msgr. James F. Kelley resided in Rumson, NJ. He died September 11, 1996.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

Related Materials

Bayley Seton League records, in the Monsignor William Noé Field Archives & Special Collections Center, Walsh Library, Seton Hall University.

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

Processing Information

Collection was processed and finding aid created by the Archives and Special Collections Center in 2010. Minor edits to coding, additional subject headings and user information by Tracy M. Jackson, 2012. Changed collection name to reflect office of president, 2013.
Title
Office of the President & Chancellor of Seton Hall University: James F. Kelley records, 1920-1995
Author
Archives and Special Collections Center
Date
2010
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

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

Contact:
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