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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.
This collection documents the history, activities, and celebrations of many of the men's religious orders throughout New Jersey, generally spanning the years from 1842-2011, with the majority of the documents dating from the 1940s to the 1990s.