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James MacFarland Collection

Identifier: MSS-0145

Scope and Contents

This is a collection of materials related to the leadership activities of Mr. James MacFarland. The focus includes correspondence and operational materials related to the Ancient Order of Hibernians in New Jersey (Msgr. Crean Division 1 - Trenton), Irish involvement in Northern Ireland, and various projects including the Jeanie Johnston Famine Ship, New Jesey Famine Curriculum, An Gorta Mor (Great Hunger), and various political measures involving Ireland and the United States. Additional topic areas include education, charities, politics, and religious advocacy.

Materials are largely textual, comprising correspondence, operational and administrative documents, clippings, and promotional materials. A smaller number of materials are in the format of photographs, floppy disks, and videocassettes.


  • 1959-2007

Conditions Governing Access

Advance appointments are required for the use of archival materials.

This collection includes audio-visual materials. Access copies of audiotapes, audio cassette tapes, video cassette tapes, film reels, or other audio-visual materials may need to be ordered prior to on-site research. Please contact us to inquire about access to audio-visual 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 MacFarland, a teacher, real estate broker, and active participant in his local Irish-American community, was born in Pennsylvania and moved to New Jersey in the 1950s. He is a member and past president of the AOH New Jersey State Board and his local division, Msgr. Crean Division #1 in Trenton. He served on the AOH Freedom for All Ireland Committee, the Jeanie Johnston Famine Ship Education Group committee, and was appointed Grand Marshal of the Hamilton, New Jersey St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 1993. MacFarland has been a vocal advocate for human rights in Northern Ireland, especially regarding the historical significance of the Great Famine and the plight of political prisoners and their families. To this end, he has been active in multiple campaigns aimed at influencing political action on these issues as well as engaging in letter writing campaigns and fundraising efforts to support political prisoners and their families.


1.5 Linear Feet

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Material is in good to very-good condition. The collection as given was organized into folders by topic, which the current arrangement reflects.

This collection is arranged into five series:

  1. James MacFarland Personal Papers
  2. Ancient Order of Hibernians, Msgr. Crean Division #1 Trenton
  3. Ancient Order of Hibernians, New Jersey and National
  4. Jeanie Johnston Famine Ship
  5. Other Irish-American Organizations

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Quinn Christie
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This collection was processed thanks to funding from the New Jersey Historical Commission FY22 Project Grant "Irish Immigrant Solidarity in New Jersey, 1870-Present."
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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