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Mother Generals/Presidents collection, 1810-1983.

Author: Sisters of Charity (New York, N.Y.)
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
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Included are biographical essays, life and career chronologies, diaries, portrait photographs, obituaries, condolence letters and descriptions of funerals, some genealogical notes, holy cards, speeches, and writings on religious topics; correspondence, reports, writings, and clippings generated by their careers as teachers, nurses, and hospital administrators; and reports, correspondence, and memos concerning the
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Genre/Form: Diaries
Named Person: Agnes Connolly; Elizabeth Boyle; Mary Jerome Ely; Mary Angela Hughes; John Hughes; Mary Regina Lawless; Mary Ambrosia Sweeney; Mary Rosina Wightman; Mary Rose Dolan; Mary Melita McClancy; Mary Josepha Cullen; Mary Dolores Dunne; Marie Vincentia McKenna; Mary Dionysia Howland; Miriam Regina Walsh; Mary Josephine Taafe; Mary Berchmans Reed; Mary Fuller; Loretto Bernard Beagan; Evelyn Schneider; Margaret Dowling; Frank S Browne; William Cauldwell; Edmond Connolly; Thomas C Cornell; Edwin Forrest
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Sisters of Charity (New York, N.Y.)
OCLC Number: 155481792
Description: ca. 11 cubic ft.

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Included are biographical essays, life and career chronologies, diaries, portrait photographs, obituaries, condolence letters and descriptions of funerals, some genealogical notes, holy cards, speeches, and writings on religious topics; correspondence, reports, writings, and clippings generated by their careers as teachers, nurses, and hospital administrators; and reports, correspondence, and memos concerning the administration of the order. A small amount of personal correspondence, and two citizenship certificates (of Mother Regina Lawless, 1867, and Mother Mary Ambrosia Sweeney, 1870) are included. All the Mother Generals (the two most recent ones are called Presidents) are represented. With their terms in office, they are: Elizabeth Boyle, 1846-1849; Mary Jerome Ely (Mary Ann Ely), 1849-1885; Angela Hughes, 1855-1861; Mary Regina Lawless, 1870-1876; Mary Ambrosia Sweeney (Eliza Sweeney), 1885-1891; Mary Rosina Wightman, 1891-1894; Mary Rose Dolan, 1894-1900; Mary Melita McClancy (Ellen T. McClancy), 1900-1906; Mary Josepha Cullen, 1906-1921; Mary Dolores Dunne, 1912-1915; Marie Vincentia McKenna, 1921-1941; Mary Dionysia Howland, 1927-1932; Miriam Regina Walsh (Susan Augustine Walsh), 1932-1935; Mary Josephine Taafe, 1941-1948; Mary Berchmans Reed, 1948-1954; Mary Fuller, 1954-1960; Loretto Bernard Beagan, 1960-1966; Evelyn Schneider, 1966-1971; and President Sister Margaret Dowling, 1971-1979; and President Sister

Agnes Connolly, 1979-present.

Of note are a receipt, 1858, for the Sisters' contribution toward the erection of St. Patrick's Cathedral, signed by John Hughes, Archbishop of New York, once belonging to Mother Angela Hughes; a diary, 1889, describing Mother Mary Ambrosia Sweeney's trip to Nassau, Bahamas, where she was going to open a mission; correspondence, 1916, describing a mission of the Daughters of Charity to Wenchow, Che-Kiang, China, with photos of children at the mission, all once belonging to Mother Mary Josepha Cullen; tickets, programs, clippings, and invitations, 1973, to celebrations of the independence of the Bahamas, once in the possession of Mother Margaret Dowling; Mother Evelyn Schneider's diary of a trip to South Vietnam, 1969-1970; Mother Mary Melita McClancy's correspondence with Lieutenant Frank S. Browne, a former pupil, 1918, concerning the influence of Freemasons in the Army; and letters to Mother Mary Regina Lawless, 1871, from State Senator William Cauldwell, and Assemblyman Edmond Connolly concerning the progress of a bill relating to the Academy of Mount Saint Vincent.

Also included is correspondence of Mother Mary Jerome Ely with Thomas C. Cornell and Edwin Forrest, 1856 and 1868, concerning the purchase of land in Font Hill (now part of Riverdale, the Bronx); correspondence of Mother Mary Regina Lawless, 1872, concerning a neighbor's use of the road through Mount Saint Vincent; and correspondence of Mother Mary Rose Dolan, 1907, concerning the Order's opposition to proposed Bronx sewer.

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