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The typed transcripts in this collection are of correspondence that is part of the Cullen and Kirby Collections housed at the Pontifical Irish College’s Archives. Paul Cullen (1803-1878), the first Irish cardinal, and Tobias Kirby (1804-1895), were two of the most preeminent rectors of the Irish College in Rome. Cullen served as rector from 1821-1849, and was succeeded by Kirby, a priest of the Diocese of Waterford and Lismore, who had served as vice-rector of the College since 1836. Kirby served as rector for forty-one years from 1850 until he retired in 1891.
In 1896, the American Catholic Historical Society’s Archivist, H. T. Henry, traveled to the Irish College in Rome and transcribed letters from American priests and bishops who had corresponded with Cullen and Kirby. Henry published edited versions of these transcripts in the Records of the American Catholic Historical Society (volumes 7-9). The intent was to document some of people and events connected with the history of Catholicity in North America. Correspondents include Francis P. Kenrick, Peter R. Kenrick, Edward Barron, Michael O’Connor, John England, John Hughes, William Clancy, John Thomas Hynes, Thomas James Power, James Rogers, and John Walsh.
Beginning in the 1896 Records of American Catholic Historical Society Volume 7, the Society began publishing a series of letters dealing primarily with the personages and events connected with the history of Catholicity in America. The Society knew that it was impractical for them to try to write a narrative of the Church in America. Instead, the Society believed it was in the best interest to scholars and students of Catholic history in America to provide some desirable information.
The first and second series can be found in Volume 7, 1896, pages 283-388 and 454-492; the third, fourth, and fifth series can be found in Volume 8, 1897, pages 195-240, 294-329, 450-512; and the sixth and last series can be found in Volume 9, 1898, pages 1-34.
The Transcripts from the Irish College in Rome records, 1832-1848, consists of a 360 page transcript of correspondences between members and associates of American and European clergy regarding the Catholic Church in America. Transcripts were copied from the Portfolio of American Papers in the archives of the Irish College, Rome, where the original can be found. The transcripts were collected by the the archivist of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia, H. T. Henry, who most likely used them for the publication of the series titled "Papers Related to the Church in America" found in Volumes 7-9 in the Records of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia. Nearly all transcripts include the name of the correspondent, recipient, date, and location. All correspondence are in English, with the exception of one that is in Latin; however, the translated copy proceeds the correspondence in Latin.
Correspondences seem to have no logical arrangement other than numerical order when it was copied from the archives of the Irish College in Rome and sent to the American Catholic Historical Society.
Collection is arranged into one series:
Series I: Transcripts of Correspondence
Because this collection was fairly small and organized, a MPLP approach was applied.
- Barron, Edward, 1801-1854
- Cullen, Paul, Bishop, 1803-1878
- Kenrick, Francis Patrick, 1796-1863
- Kirby, Tobias, 1804-1895
- O'Connor, Michael, (Bishop), 1810-1872
- Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Research Center
- Finding Aid Author
- Finding aid prepared by Processing Intern, Hoang Tran
- Finding Aid Date
- February 2013
- Access Restrictions
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- Use Restrictions
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Series is divided into three folders and in sequential order as the archives of the Irish College in Rome had copied.
1. Bishop Kenrick to Dr. Cullen
2. Bishop Barron to Dr. Cullen
3. Bishop England to Dr. Cullen
4. J.G. Schwarz to Bishop England
5. Reverend J. Power to Dr. Cullen
6. Janes Cummings to Dr. Cullen
7. Bishop Purcell to Bishop England
8. Reverend J. Power to Dr. Cullen
9. Reverend William Whelan to Dr. Cullen
10. Bishop Flaget to Dr. Cullen
11. Bishop Barron to Dr. Kirby
12. Dr. Wilson to Dr. Cullen
13. Bishop M. O'Connor to Dr. Cullen
14. Bishop Jas. Browne to Dr. Cullen
15. Bishop M. O'Connor to Reverend P.R. Kenrick
16. Reverend J. A. Kinsella to Dr. Cullen
17. Bishop Purcell to Dr. Cullen
18. Bishop Hughes to Dr. Cullen
19. Father Mathew to Dr. Kirby
20. Father Mathew to Dr. Cullen
21. Bishop Clancy to Dr. Cullen
22. Reverend Messrs Rogers and Walsh to Dr. Cullen
23. Bishop R. P. Smith to Dr. Cullen
0.2 Linear feet ; 1 small box