Msgr. William Noé Field papers
Scope and Contents
- Majority of material found within 1930-2000
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Biographical / Historical
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
- Msgr. William Noé Field records
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- 2020 April 7
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