Religious Newspapers and Writings, 1898

Benjamin Allison's picture

Since 2015, I've been working on a project regarding the Spanish-American War in NJ's Gateway Region (Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic, Union and Middlesex counties). Last summer, I decided to focus my research on religious attitudes in the region during the war, because I noticed that there was markedly less conflict between Catholics and Protestants in the region than would be expected, given the heated religious rhetoric that surrounded the conflict. Read more about my work here.

All that to say that I've been searching for certain resources for the past year or so, and I've had some trouble. I've conducted research in the Archdiocese of Newark Archives at Seton Hall, the archives of the NJHS, and the archives of the Center for Jewish History (NY). I plan to visit the Passionist Historical Archives in Scranton, and the Reformed Church in America Archives in New Brunswick.

I was wondering if anyone might have some suggestions as to where else I might look for the papers/sermons of clergy (Protestant, Catholic, or Jewish) from the region during the war. Of course, I'm looking in newspapers (I found the directory posted last week to be quite helpful), but I'm running out of ideas. Also, I was wondering if anyone might know where I could find the following:

  • Issues of the Catholic Messenger (Elizabeth)
  • " " " Catholic Advocate (Archdiocese of Newark)
  • " " " Sabbath Recorder (Plainfield?)
  • Papers of Monsignor George Hobart Doane (St. Patrick's Cathedral, Newark - I've already looked through his Letters, which aren't remotely helpful for my project)
  • Papers of parish priests (especially Monsignor John A. O'Grady, St. Peter's Church, New Brunswick)

Any help is greatly appreciated! Thank you!

Benjamin V. Allison

MA Candidate, Kent State University