American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives

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ACUA Photographic Collections
Selected Images and Prints of the Catholic University of America, Approximately 420 selected items from the Archives of Catholic University of America.
The Ancient Order of Hibernians Collection
The Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) was founded in 1836 in order to provide assistance of various forms to Irish immigrants in the United States. It exists today as a fraternal organization for Catholics of Irish birth or descent. These limited records include membership flyers, event programs, issues of the National Hibernian Digest, The Irish People, and The Irish Echo, digital photographs, as well as completed membership applications, notebooks, and account ledgers for the Ladies' Auxiliary to the Ancient Order of Hibernians of Warren County, Phillipsburg, New Jersey.
Brooks - Queen Family Collection
Documentation of the lives of the Brooks and Queen families during the 19th century, The Brooks - Queen Family Collection (1773-1979) documents the activities of members of two Washington families of the nineteenth century. The Brooks and Queens families united in 1828, when Jehiel Brooks and Margaret Queen, the daughter of Nicholas Louis Queen, married. The papers of these two men constitute the bulk of the collection.Jehiel Brooks came to the District to secure political appointment, but with the exception of an appointment in the Red River Indian Agency in Louisiana during the administration of Andrew Jackson (1829-1837), Brooks had little luck. Instead, he assumed the role of the gentleman farmer on a tract of land adjacent to property that later became part of The Catholic University of America (CUA). One of the largest holders of real estate in the District, Nicholas Queen ran the Queen's Hotel near the Capitol until his death in 1850.
Catholic Heroes of the World War Collection
Contents of a scrapbook detailing the weekly newspaper column, Catholic Heroes of the World War, 1928-1933, written by Daniel J. Ryan, highlighting Catholics who had won medals for service in World War I.
Changing Spirituality of Emerging Adults Project Collection
The Changing Spirituality of Emerging Adults Collection (Changing SEA) was developed in 2008 by Dr. Dean R. Hoge of the Department of Sociology at the Catholic University of America as a means of studying issues involving emerging adults in the United States so as to provide religious leaders with information on how to better minister to this age group. The archive includes 15 essays written by scholars on emerging adult issues, four commentaries on these essays, and nine case studies of churches that have successfully maintained their emerging adult membership.
Fenian Brotherhood Collection
Fenian Brotherhood Records and O'Donovan Rossa Personal Papers, The full manuscript collection at the American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives (ACUA) consists of letters to and from John O'Mahony, James Stephens, John Mitchel, O'Donovan Rossa, and other Fenian leaders. It also includes speeches, pamphlets, newspapers, chromolithographs, cartes de visit photographs, tickets, and legal records. Membership and the general activities of the movement are documented in roster books, ledgers, subscription lists to the United Irishmen, as well as Proceedings of Fenian Conventions. The bulk of the collection is concentrated in the 1860s through 1880s, but it also includes assorted newspapers and pamphlets from the 1850s to the early 1900s that address a wide range of topics in Irish history and nationalism.
First Vatican Council Photograph Album
Carte de visite prints which are mostly live portraits, though some are based on oil or charcoal prints, The First Vatican Council Photograph Album was most likely created sometime during the council sessions, from 1869-1870. Around 800 church leaders attended the sessions, including cardinals, patriarchs, archbishops, bishops, abbots, and religious superior generals. Most of the carte de visite prints are live portraits, though some are based on oil or charcoal prints.
Fulton J. Sheen Collection
The Fulton J. Sheen Collection consists of his philosophy notes taken while a student at the University of Louvain, several published booklets, press clippings, and many published and non-published material and personal notes related to his work for the Commission on Missions at the Second Vatican Council. It also has the 2011 Posito created to advance his cause for canonization.
George Gilmary Higgins Papers
The Higgins Papers document his life and work from the 1940s when he was in school at The Catholic Unversity of America (CUA) to the early 2000s when he assisted the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) with organization efforts in Catholic hospitals. The bulk of the collection consists of paper records in the correspondence, subject, writing, and labor series. Much of the material overlaps into other series, reflecting Higgins' busy life as a labor supporter, writer, and self-described church bureaucrat.
Irish Repeal Campaign Cartoons
Illustrating opposing attitudes to the 1801 Act of Union which created a legislative union between England and Ireland. Three anti- union cartoons published in Dublin flatteringly portray Daniel O'Connell, (Irish statesman, founder in 1840 of the Repeal Association which sought restoration of the Irish parliament), in his struggle against English rule as personified by Arthur Wellesley, (Duke of Wellington, British Prime Minster, 1828-1830, 1834), and Sir Robert Peel, (Prime Minister, 1834-1835, 1841-1846). Accompanying O'Connell in two cartoons is a figure that may represent Thomas Osborne Davis, (Irish writer, organizer of the Young Ireland movement, founder of the pro-repeal newspaper, The Nation). In contrast, a fourth cartoon, by English caricaturist, George Cruikshank, represents O'Connell as an ax-wielding bully attempting to sever the hands of England and Ireland united in friendship. The final item, a damaged election flier entitled, "Under the British Flag," depicts Liberal policies favorably in comparison to those of the Tories (Conservatives).

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