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Joseph Moran Corrigan

An inventory of Joseph Moran Corrigan Collection at The American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives


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Descriptive Summary

Repository: The American Catholic Research Center and University Archives
Creator: Joseph Moran Corrigan, May 18, 1879 - June 9, 1942
Title: Joseph Moran Corrigan Collection
Dates: 1901-1942
Extent: .5 linear feet; 1 box
Abstract: The Joseph Moran Corrigan Collection contains personal correspondence from his early years before his ordination until shortly before his death. There are also condolence letters and tributes from his death, as well as newspaper clippings. Lastly, there are all of Corrigan's addresses from his time at CUA and publications of his Jubilee Address.
Collection Number: 229
Language: English

Biographical Note

Joseph Moran Corrigan was born on May 18, 1879 in Philadelphia to Daniel David Corrigan and Mary Moran Corrigan. He attended Catholic School for his entire education including Cathedral School, La Salle College Prep, Overbrook Seminary, and the Pontifical College of North America in Rome. He earned his Ph.D. and S.T.D. there in 1898 and 1903 respectively. Corrigan was ordained a priest in 1903 and became a professor of Dogmatic Theology at St. Charles Seminary in Overbrook Pennsylvania, the same seminary he attended. He would remain a professor until 1925 when he was appointed rector of the seminary. In 1929 Pope Pius XI appointed him Domestic Prelate which would lead to his great notoriety within the American Hierarchy.

The epoch of his career came in 1936 he was appointed rector of The Catholic University of America by Pope Pius XI. This was followed by his appointment as a Prothonotary Apostolic in 1937, and Titular Bishop of Bilta in 1940. His accomplishments at Catholic University include the construction of Curly Hall, then known as Priest and Faculty residence. He was also responsible for establishing the Committee on American Citizenship on campus, as an organization that defended American Catholicism within the American system of government. Also, the university celebrated its fiftieth anniversary during his rectory and, received a visit by Pope Pius XII, then Cardinal Eugenio Giuseppe Pacelli, in 1936. Corrigan's health however deteriorated throughout 1941-1942 until on June 9, after a three day bout of pneumonia, after a lengthy speaking tour, died at Georgetown Hospital at the age of 63. Bishop Corrigan is best remembered as a great orator and educator in Catholic education, and his involvement in the Knights of Columbus where he served as Pennsylvania State Chaplain for many years.

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Scope and Contents

The Joseph Moran Corrigan Collection consists of one box that contains two series. The first series are personal correspondence from Corrigan's career and includes correspondence with clergymen, other bishops, and personal friends. There are also some undated Geography notes that are included as well. Also, included are three copies of the pamphlet from Corrigan's consecration as a Bishop in 1940, as well as nine copies of his Jubilee address that was published in 1940. The second series consists of materials from Corrigan's death in 1942. This includes letters of condolences that was addressed to Msgr. McCormick, who was Vice-Rector and soon to be rector of the university. There are also telegrams and prayer cards addressed to the university. Lastly, there are three folders of scrapbook pages of newspaper clippings from around the country with the announcement of his death as well as tributes written on him from around the country. Lastly, there are also pictures included within these newspaper clippings. Overall, this is an important collection to look at in order to get a better understanding of the university's history during the transitional years between Bishop Ryan's rectory and Bishop McCormick's rectory.

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Arrangement

The Joseph Moran Corrigan Collection consists of 2 series:



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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on this collection

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Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Collected by the university around the time following Bishop Corrigan's death in 1942.

Processing Information

Processing 2012 by Raymond Moore

Processing completed in 2012 by Raymond Moore. EAD markup completed in 2012 by Sarah Rice Scott.

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Related Material

At the American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives:

Patrick Joseph McCormick Papers

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.


Persons:
Patrick Joseph McCormick

Organizations:
The Catholic University of America

Places:
Washington D.C.

Subjects:
Catholic education


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Bibliography

April 23, 1936 article on Corrigan's Appointment as rector of Catholic University

Curriculum Vitae (1936)

Obituary released by the Bureau of Public Relations, Emmet Dougherty, Director 1942

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Detailed Description of the Collection

                       
Series 1: Personal correspondence and Publications 1901-1941 (1 Box)
This series consists of personal correspondence from Corrigan's early years as a priest as well as correspondence with other bishops, priests, and friends. There are also personal publications including his addresses made at Catholic University such as his inauguration, consecration as bishop, and his jubilee address. His consecration includes a pamphlet describing the mass with photos from the mass at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Box Folder
1 1 Professional Papers, 1901-1941
        Personal correspondence with laypeople and clergy, as well as personal friends and family
  2 Geography Notes, no date
        Latin and English miscellaneous geography notes including a Boston Globe pamphlet on Geography.
  3 Publications , 1940
        There are nine copies of Corrigan's Jubilee Convocation address, and four copies of his Consecration as Bishop of Bilta Program.
  4 Addresses , 1936-1940
        These are typed copies of Corrigan's addresses made at Catholic University; including his inaugural address 1936, tribute to Pope Pius XI 1939, and consecration newspaper clippings and three photographs taken of the consecration at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 1940.
                       
Series 2: Memorial Newspaper Clippings and Correspondence, 1942 Box 1
This series consists of correspondence with Msgr. Patrick Joseph McCormick, then Vice Rector, of condolence letters, telegrams, and prayer cards from various individuals and organizations on Corrigan's death. There are also announcement cards for his memorial mass and funeral. Lastly, there are scrapbook pages of newspaper clippings from around the country announcing his death as well as tribute articles on his life. These clippings are also on Corrigan's funeral and include newspaper pictures.
Box Folder
1 5 Condolences I , 1942
        Letters and telegrams addressed to Msgr. McCormick of condolences from members of the clergy, religious orders, lay organizations, and alumni organizations.
  6 Condolences II, 1942
        Letters and telegrams addressed to Msgr. McCormick of condolences
  7 Condolences III, 1942
        Letters and telegrams of condolences including prayer cards and memorial/funeral cards from the University
  8 Obituary Materials, 1942
        Biography of Corrigan for his obituary, NCWC news release of his death, and correspondence from Emmet Dougherty who was director of Public Affairs for the university
  9 Newspaper Clippings, 1942
        Newspaper clippings from around the country announce Corrigan's death, and cause of death.
  10 Newspaper Clippings, 1942
        Funeral and memorial service announcements as well as tributes from various public figures and members of the clergy.
  11 Newspaper Clippings, 1942
        Full length obituaries from around the country

TABLE OF CONTENTS


Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Administrative Information

Related Material

Index Terms

Bibliography

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Personal correspondence and Publications 1901-1941

Series 2: Memorial Newspaper Clippings and Correspondence, 1942

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