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Philip Matthew Hannan Collection

An inventory of the Philip Matthew Hannan Collection at The American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives


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Descriptive Summary

Repository: The American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives
Creator: American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives
Title: Philip Matthew Hannan Collection
Dates: 1956-2013, n.d.
Extent: 1.25 linear feet; 1 box
Abstract: The Philip Matthew Hannan Collection includes a limited amount of articles, audiovisual materials, and memorabilia documenting Philip M. Hannan's time as Archbishop of New Orleans from 1965 to 1988, as well has his funeral in 2011. Highlights include an audio cassette and typed copies of an address delivered by Hannan at the 25th Anniversary Dinner of the John Carroll Society in 1976 and a scrapbook of Hannan related clippings spanning the years 1956 to 2003.
Collection Number: 248
Language: English

Biographical Note

Philip Matthew Hannan was born May 20, 1913 in Washington, D.C., the fifth of eight children to Patrick and Lillian Hannan. He attended St. John's College High School, where he graduated from in 1931. Following graduation, Hannan surprised his family by choosing to attend the Sulpician Seminary (now known as the Theological College) affiliated with The Catholic University of America. At the top of his class, in 1936 Hannan continued his studies at the North American College in Rome, where he was ordained in December of 1939.

From 1942 to 1946, Hannan served in the United States Army's 505th Parachute Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division as a military chaplain during World War II. During this time, Hannan earned the nickname the "Jumping Padre." As a chaplain, Hannan's responsibilities included ministering to the wounded and the ill, including POWs liberated from concentration camps.

After World War II, Hannan returned to Washington, D.C., where he would later became a monsignor in 1952 and then an auxiliary bishop in 1956. In 1948, Hannan discussed a complaint about the church with then Representative John F. Kennedy. This was the start of a close friendship, so close that Jacqueline Kennedy requested Hannan deliver the eulogy at John F. Kennedy's funeral in 1963 instead of the archbishop of Washington. Hannan would also officiate the graveside rites of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in 1994.

Hannan served as a trustee of The Catholic University of America from 1966 to 1985. Hannan Hall on campus is named for him and, at the dedication of the building in 1987, Hannan received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University. Hannan retired from his role as Archbishop of New Orleans in 1988. He then turned his energies to the network he created, Focus Worldwide Television Network. His memoirs, The Archbishop Wore Combat Boots: From Combat to Camelot to Katrina Memoir of an Extraordinary Life, were published in 2010. Philip M. Hannan passed away September 29, 2011 at the age of ninety-eight. Funeral services were held October 6, 2011 at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans.

 

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Scope and Contents

The Philip Matthew Hannan Collection includes a limited amount of articles, audiovisual materials, and memorabilia documenting Philip M. Hannan's time as Archbishop of New Orleans from 1965 to 1988, as well as his funeral in 2011.

The first series consists of two subject files. The first file covers the 25th Anniversary Dinner of the John Carroll Society in Washington, D.C. in 1976 and includes typed copies of the address given by Hannan at the event. The second file covers his funeral in 2011 and includes print outs of news articles, a copy of the executive order for flags at half-staff following his death, and the funeral program.

The second series consists of audiovisual materials from 1976, 1985, and 1987, as well as a few undated photographs. An audio cassette of the address delivered by Hannan at the 25th Anniversary Dinner of the John Carroll Society in Washington, D.C. in 1976, a compact disc of Hannan Hall name announcement in 1985, and photographs of Hannan at the Hannan Hall dedication at The Catholic University of America in 1987 are included.

The third and final series consists of memorabilia dating from 1956 through 2014. An undated print of Hannan's Prayer for the Saints (football team) is included, as well as an exhibit catalog from the "The Archbishop Wore Combat Boots: The Life & Ministry of Archbishop Philip Hannan" exhibit at the Old Ursuline Convent Museum, 2013-2014. The last item in the collection is a scrapbook of clippings and images dating from 1956 to 2003.

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Arrangement

The Philip Matthew Hannan Collection consists of three series:




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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None

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Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The Philip Matthew Hannan Collection was assembled from material gathered by former archives staff members from 2011-2013 as well as one small donation from The Catholic University of America Physics Department.

Processing Information

Processing and EAD markup completed in 2017 by Katherine Santa Ana.

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Related Material

American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives:

Hannan Hall Building File

Rector/President, Office of (CUA)

Other Institutions:

Archives and Records of the Archdiocese of New Orleans

 

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Index Terms

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


Persons:
Hannan, Philip M. (Philip Matthew), 1913-2011

Organizations:
Catholic Church. Archdiocese of New Orleans (La.)
John Carroll Society

Places:
New Orleans, Louisiana
Washington, D.C.

Subjects:
Catholic Church--Archdioceses
Catholic Church--Clergy--Biography
Military chaplains--Catholic Church


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Bibliography

Catholic Cultural Heritage Center. The Archbishop Wore Combat Boots: The Life and Ministry of Archbishop Philip M. Hannan [Online Exhibit]. Archdiocese of New Orleans.

Hannan, Philip. The Archbishop Wore Combat Boots: From Combat to Camelot to Katrina - Memoir of an Extraordinary Life. Our Sunday Visitor, 2010.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

                       
Subject Files, 1976, 2011 (Box 1)
 
Box Folder
1 1 25th Anniversary Dinner of the John Carroll Society, Washington, D.C., 1979
        Includes two typed copies of the address delivered by Hannan at the 25th Anniversary Dinner of the John Carroll Society at the Shoreham-American Hotel, Washington, D.C., February 23, 1976, a letter from Philip M. Hannan to George A. Hrueni Jr., March 10, 1976, and a photocopy of the John Carroll Society page from the Directory of the Archdiocese of Washington.
  2 Funeral of Philip M. Hannan, 2011
        Includes print outs of webpages and articles, the Evening Prayer from the Office of the Dead in Memory of His Excellency The Most Reverend Philip M. Hannan program, a prayer card, a copy of Executive Order No. BJ 2011-22 for flags at half-staff following the death of Philip M. Hannan, and Scarlet & Grey, the St. John's College High School Magazine, Fall 2011.
                       
Audiovisual Materials, 1976, 1985, 1987, n.d. (Box 1)
 
Box Folder
1 3 Audio cassette of address delivered by Hannan at the 25th Anniversary Dinner of the John Carroll Society at the Shoreham-American Hotel, Washington, D.C., June 23, 1976
  4 Compact Disc of Hannan Hall Name Announcement, June 10, 1985
  5 Photographs of Philip M. Hannan, n.d.
  6 Photographs of Philip M. Hannan at Hannan Hall Dedication, April 10, 1987
                       
Memorabilia, 1956-2014, n.d. (Box 1)
 
Box Folder
1 7 Prayer for the Saints (football team) by Philip M. Hannan, n.d.
  8 "A Hero's Life: Archbishop Philip Matthew Hannan" Exhibit Catalog from "The Archbishop Wore Combat Boots: The Life & Ministry of Archbishop Philip Hannan" exhibit at the Old Ursuline Convent Museum, October 5, 2013 - May 26, 2014
  9 Scrapbook of clippings and photographs, 1956-2003, n.d.

TABLE OF CONTENTS


Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Administrative Information

Related Material

Index Terms

Bibliography

Detailed Description of the Collection

Subject Files, 1976, 2011

Audiovisual Materials, 1976, 1985, 1987, n.d.

Memorabilia, 1956-2014, n.d.  

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