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Newman, John Henry, 1801-1890


Biographical Note

John Henry Newman was born in London and educated at Oxford, ordained as an Anglican priest in 1825. He became a leader of the Oxford Movement and later in 1842, after publishing a controversial publication arguing that the founding articles of Anglicanism were compatible with Catholicism, converted to Catholicism (1845). He founded The Oratory in 1848, and began his prolific writing career which included poems, sermons, novels, tracts, essays, and an immense output of private correspondence. Pope Leo XIII elevated Newman to Cardinal in 1879; he died in 1890. In 1991, In 1991, Pope John Paul II declared Newman "Venerable," and in 2010 Pope Benedict XVI beatified him.

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Boston College collection of John Henry Newman


The collection includes correspondence and one published pamplet by John Henry Newman, an English theologian and poet who became cardinal in 1879. It also includes portraits, pamphlets, and photographs of him and places of significance in his life. The bulk of his letters are addressed to two correspondents, English ecumenical evangelist George T. Edwards and Irish author and Catholic convert William J. O'Neill Daunt.

Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research.

Dates: 1836 - 1945; Majority of material found within 1868 - 1890