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Rev. Joseph D. Ahearn, S.J. Papers

 Collection — Folder: SC011-AHEA-001
Identifier: SC011-AHEA

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the papers of Fr. Ahearn. The first two folders has correspondence dating from 1917-1963. This includes personal letters dating 1916-1948 from family members; some letters congratulating him for going into the priesthood, Christmas greetings and correspondence between Rev. Ahern and his colleagues, many dealing with matters concerning Holy Cross. The condition of some of the letters is poor, and some are incomplete. Additionally, the collection has his undated hospital visitation book as well as his personal diary/address book from 1921. The diary contains few written entries but a considerable amount of addresses. There is one folder of personal records, which has certificates, awards, and Mass cards. Finally, there are fourteen photographs in the collection and it is believe these are of family and friends. The photographs likely date between 1900 and 1965.


  • circa 1900 - 1965

Conditions Governing Access

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

Rev. Joseph D. Ahearn, S.J. (1894-1981) was born in Framingham, MA and attended Boston College High School. He graduated from Georgetown University and received a masters’ degree from Gonzaga University. In 1916, he entered the novitiate at St. Andrew-on-Hudson, Poughkeepsie NY. Later, he studied philosophy at Woodstock College and at St. Michaels’ College in Spokane, WA. After teaching at Georgetown University and at Loyola School in New York, Fr. Ahearn studied theology at Woodstock College and at Weston College. He was ordained in 1929.

Fr. Ahearn began teaching classical languages at Holy Cross College in 1930 and taught at the College until 1967. He was a member of the New England Classical Association. He retired in 1967.


.23 Cubic Feet (1 document box)

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Acquisition Note

Details regarding acquisitions are unknown.

Related Materials

See RG14-07-CLAS for Fr. Ahearn's teaching materials.

January 2003
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Revised May 2005; February 2022

Repository Details

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