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William F.J. Ryan Heraldry Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SC136-RYAN

Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials pertaining to heraldry and was collected by William F.J. Ryan. The collection mostly holds examples of heraldic visual design or more commonly known as coat of arms. There are many examples related to the Catholic Church, which was the specialty of Ryan's firm. Additionally, there are scrapbooks, brochures and other materials related to heraldry or the Academie Internationale d'Heraldique.


  • 1789-1971


No Restrictions

Conditions Governing Use

Materials believed to be under copyright or other restrictions are available for limited noncommercial, educational and personal use only, or for fair use as defined by United States copyright law and with proper citation. Please note that the College of the Holy Cross may not hold the rights to all items in this collection. Users assume responsibility for identifying all copyright holders and for determining whether permission is needed to make any use of the content. For permission under rights held by the College, please contact

Biographical Note

William F.J. Ryan was born in 1902. He attended Fordham University and was president of Ryan-West Banknote for 40 years. The company designed coats of arms for leaders of the Catholic Church in the United States as well as for dioceses and institutions. He was a member of the Academie Internationale d'Heraldique. Ryan died in Hyannis, MA in 1981.


14.12 Cubic Feet (11 record cartons, 3 bound scrapbook volumes )

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