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Ancient Order of Hibernians - New Jersey Collection

Identifier: MSS-0146

Scope and Contents

The Ancient Order of Hibernians, New Jersey Board functions as a benevolent society to promote Irish cultural and humanitarian identity. With our collecting focus in this area, the organization has started donating materials on a regular and continual basis. This collection includes correspondence, organizational materials, and publications related to the activities of the AOH at national, state, and division levels, as well as a collection of materials from other Irish-American organizations. Much of these materials are related to Irish-American immigration and human rights issues. Notable items include proclamations from New Jersey government officials, a mounted photograph of an AOH outdoor event from the 1890s, meeting minutes and ledger books from Division #3 Rahway dating from 1890s, and a scrapbook that once belonged to Mr. Patrick Magurie, Rt. Rev. C.J. Kane Divison #3 Rahway, NJ which includes letters, booklets, clippings, and other items related to the Division from 1916-1980s.

Materials are largely textual, comprising correspondence, event programs, administrative documents, ledger books, and publications. A small number of materials are in the format of photographs.


  • 1895-2015


Conditions Governing Access

Materials are available for research 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

The Ancient Order of Hibernians is an Irish Catholic fraternal organization. This collection includes materials from the national organization and from New Jersey state, county, and division levels. Particular focus is on records from Rt. Rev. C. J. Kane Division #3, Rahway, founded in 1879.

In addition, the collection includes a series of papers belonging to Michael Glass, who has held several AOH leadership roles, including National Chairman of Immigration, head of the New Jersey State Board Political Action Committee, and officer of the Division #1 Msgr. Crean Division in Trenton. He has also served on an advisory board with the U.S. Department of State, where he has advocated on behalf of Irish-American immigration and human rights issues.


2.66 Linear Feet (13 containers)

Language of Materials



Material is in good to very-good condition. The collection as given was roughly organized into folders by topic. Each series within this finding aid has been arranged topically or in alphabetical order to aid in research. This collection is arranged into five series:

  1. Ancient Order of Hibernians New Jersey Materials
  2. Ancient Order of Hibernians National Materials
  3. Michael Glass Papers
  4. Other Irish-American Organizations
  5. Publications

Ancient Order of Hibernians New Jersey Materials includes materials related to AOH activities at the state and division levels: state convention materials, state board by-laws, various event programs, correspondence, and government proclamations related to Irish-American events. This series also features historical materials from Division #3 Rahway from 1890-1985, including meeting minutes, ledgers, photographs, and a scrapbook.

Ancient Order of Hibernians National Materials includes national convention materials, event programs, general correspondence, and correspondence and testimonies related to Irish-American immigration and the US/UK Extradition Treaty.

Michael Glass Papers includes correspondence related to Irish-American immigration and human rights issues.

Other Irish-American Organizations includes correspondence, event programs, and other textual materials from involvement in organizations with an emphasis on Irish-American immigration and human rights.

Publications include issues of the National Hibernian Digest from 2006-2014, and self-published materials from Irish-American human rights organizations.

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Processing Information

Documents weeded out from the collection include duplicates, publications, copyrighted materials, and government reports. Several blank ledger books were also removed. Select publications have been retained that are not widely available outside of this collection.

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