An inventory of James McMahon Papers at The American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives
James McMahon was born in the north of Ireland in 1817. He trained from his early years for the priesthood, a student in that famous institution, Maynooth College, he followed the highest theological studies. Passing to France, he entered the Society of Saint Sulpice, and was assigned to work in the mission at Montreal, Canada. A friend of Archbishop John Hughes of New York, he was induced to enter into mission service in the archdiocese and became assistant to Dr. Storrs, pastor of St. Mary's Church. Later, McMahon was made under-pastor of the Church. Nearly forty years of his priestly life were spent on the mission in New York City. He resigned his parish and retired to The Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, after having made a donation of properties amounting to nearly $400,000 with which McMahon Hall was built. The patrimony he possessed was invested in real estate which brought him considerable wealth with which he endowed CUA. he took up residence at CUA in 1891 and remained there until he died on April 15, 1901.
The first series is Correspondence, 1891-1902. It is primarily related to real estate, mostly in English with some Latin items, and with a mix of handwritten and typescript.
The second series is Financial Records, 1870-1902. This includes deeds, mortgages, abstracts, financial statements, bills and receipts. The majority are in file folders though there is a financial ledger with material dating 1892-1901. The folders are arranged chronologically.
The James McMahon Papers consists of two series:
Restrictions on Access
Donated by the McMahon estate.
Processing completed circa 1980 by Anthony Zito, Sister Ann Crowley, et. al. EAD markup completed in 2012 by W.J.Shepherd.
This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Catholic Archdiocese of New York
Catholic University of America (CUA)
New York, New York
Ahern, Patrick H. The Catholic University of America, 1887-1896, The Rectorship of John J. Keane, Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 1948.
Hogan, Peter E. The Catholic University of America, 1896-1903, The Rectorship of Thomas J. Conaty. Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 1949.
Malesky, Robert P. The Catholic University of America: A Photographic History. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2010.
Nuesse, C. Joseph. The Catholic University of America: A Centennial History. Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 1990.
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