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Msgr. William Noé Field papers

Identifier: MSS-0143

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the professional and personal papers of Msgr. William Noé Field, documenting his many years of service to Seton Hall University and the Archdiocese of Newark. It includes correspondence, writings, coursework from his various degrees, subject files on a variety of topics and materials relating to his extensive travel. In addition, there are photographs, slides, and audio-visual materials.


  • 1876-2001
  • Majority of material found within 1930-2000

Conditions Governing Access

Some materials in this collection may be restricted from public research for ethical or legal reasons. 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

Msgr. William Noé Field was a priest, professor, librarian, and archivist who was part of the Seton Hall community for 73 years. He was born in Newark in 1915 and raised in the Oranges and Vailsburg. He entered Seton Hall Preparatory School in 1927, graduating in 1933, then studied philosophy and classical languages at Seton Hall College, graduating in 1936. He went on to study for the priesthood at Immaculate Conception Seminary, then located in Darlington, and was ordained on May 18, 1940 by Archbishop Thomas J. Walsh. He also completed a Master of Arts degree at Columbia University in 1952, a Masters of Library Science at Columbia in 1959, and a M. A. in History from New York University in 1985.

Msgr. Field held many positions throughout his career at Seton Hall, sometimes serving in multiple capacities simultaneously. After his ordination in 1940, Field worked as an instructor of English and Religion at Seton Hall Preparatory School. He became a professor of English at Seton Hall University in 1950. In 1959 he began to work in the Seton Hall University library as an associate librarian. He also served as Director of Development for the University from 1959-1961. In the 1960s he became the University Librarian, and served as the director of the libraries until the 1980s. He also served as the first University Archivist beginning in 1970s. Msgr. Field was instrumental in establishing the University Archives and Special Collections in the early 1970s, and in planning the new Archives & Special Collections Center space in Walsh Library during its construction in the early 1990s. He was actively involved in rare book collecting, and in soliciting donations of material for the University Archives. He was also instrumental in bringing the Archdiocese of Newark Archives to Seton Hall. The Archives and Special Collections Center in Walsh Library is named after him. In 1980 he received the Bishop Bernard J. McQuaid Medal for Distinguished Service to Seton Hall University.

In addition to his work at Seton Hall University, Msgr. Field served at a number of parishes in the Archdiocese of Newark. He was assigned to St. Columba in Newark from 1940-1967. He served as pastor of St. Catherine of Siena in Cedar Grove from 1967-1972, then St. Luke in Ho-Ho-Kus from 1972-1974. He was then assigned to St. Mary in Dumont from 1974 until his retirement. He was given the title of Domestic Prelate by Pope John XXIII in 1962.

Msgr. Field also served on a number of organizations and committees, including the South Orange Historical Society, the Editorial Board of the Catholic Advocate, the White House Conference on Library and Information Services, the Board of Trustees of the Newark Museum, Chaplain of the Serra Club of the Oranges, Moderator of the Women’s Guild of Seton Hall, and many others. He also spent two months of each year in Rome assisting with the archives of North American Pontifical College.

Msgr. Field was a prolific writer and poet who wrote columns for the Catholic Advocate, book reviews for a variety of publications, and hundreds of poems. A volume of his poetry entitled Hear my Heart was published by the Washington Irving Publishing Company in Newark, NJ in 1951.

Msgr. Field died in 2000 shortly after celebrating the 60th anniversary of his ordination.


24 Linear Feet (66 containers)

Language of Materials



Series 1: Correspondence

Series 2: Writings

Sub-series 2.1 Lectures & sermons

Sub-series 2.2 Articles

Sub-series 2.3 Poetry

Sub-series 2.4 Notes

Series 3: Professional Papers

Series 4: Coursework

Sub-series 4.1 Seton Hall

Sub-series 4.2 Immaculate Conception Seminary

Sub-series 4.3 Columbia

Sub-series 4.4 New York University

Sub-series 4.5 General

Series 5: Subject Files

Sub-series: 5.1 Personal and Family

Sub-series: 5.2 Serra Club

Sub-series: 5.3 North American College

Sub-series: 5.4 Alphabetical

Sub-series: 5.5 Clippings

Series 6: Travel

Series 7: Booklets & Pamphlets

Series 8: Photographs & Scrapbooks

Series 9: A/V Materials

Series 10: Objects and Ephemera

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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