Archdiocese of Newark Church reports
Scope and Contents
The Diocese of Newark Church reports include the annual reports of parish priests to the Chancery Office from 1843-1925. Information contained in these reports includes: number of Catholics in the parish; number making Easter Duty; number of children attending parochial school; number of confraternities in the parish and number of members in each; number of baptisms, marriages, confirmations, communions, and burials performed; descriptions of any additions to church property; itermized lists of receipts and expenditures; a listing of debts; and other comments and suggestions from pastors.
The reports are arranged chronologically by year, then alphabetically by town, then alphabetically by parish.
Conditions Governing Access
Temporarily closed to research.
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 Diocese of Newark was created in 1853 and was elevated to an Archdiocese in 1937. The Chancery Office required parish priests to submit yearly reports reflecting the financial and spiritual condition of their churches. In the early years of the Diocese, many pastors composed highly personalized reports, frequently presenting them as narratives. By the end of the nineteenth century, the Chancery Office distributed standardized forms to all pastors.
11.67 Linear Feet (, Approximately 4,000 items.)
Language of Materials
The Diocese of Newark was created in 1853 and was elevated to an Archdiocese in 1937. The Chancery Office required parish priests to submit yearly reports reflecting the financial and spiritual condition of their churches. The Diocese of Newark Church reports include the annual reports of parish priests to the Chancery Office from 1843-1925, which themselves include information on population and sacramental statistics.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Materials were transferred to the Archives and Special Collections Center from the Archdiocese of Newark. Terms of accession unknown.
Collection processed by the Archives and Special Collections Center, mid-1990s, and Lori Lauterbach, 2011. HTML finding aid and some collection description created by Tracy M. Jackson, 2012.
- Catholic Church -- History -- 19th century.
- Catholic Church -- History -- 20th century.
- Catholic schools.
- Catholics -- Newark (N.J.) -- History
- Church growth -- Catholic Church.
- German American Catholics -- New Jersey.
- Hungarian American Catholics -- New Jersey
- Italian American Catholics -- New Jersey
- Archdiocese of Newark Church reports, 1843-1925
- May 2011
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