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Dr. Peter F. Moylan records

MC 54

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Research Center. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Research Center
Creator:
Moylan, Peter F. , 1860-1931
Title:
Dr. Peter F. Moylan records
Date:
1770-1917; bulk 1917
Call Number:
MC 54
Extent:
0.5 Linear feet (; 1 box)
Language:
English
Abstract:
Dr. Peter F. Moylan was born in Pittston, Pennsylvania on July 12, 1860. Moylan studied at Wilkes-Barre Academy and later enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 1887. Soon after graduation he served his residency in St. Mary's Hospital where he later assumed the charge of the surgical department. On May 4, 1904, Moylan married Miss Nellie A. Drislane of Philadelphia. The couple had three children; Peter F. Moylan Jr., Agnes Margaret Moylan, and Helen Moylan who died while still very young. Moylan eventually led a life that made him a prominent Catholic layman and an esteemed physician. For instance, in 1909, Moylan was made medical director of St. Vincent's Home and Maternity Hospital. He also served as a visiting physician of St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Mary's and Misericordia Hospitals. In terms of his Catholic accomplishments, Moylan was made a Knight of St. Gregory by Pope Benedict XV in June of 1917. On September 27, 1922, Pope Pius XI elevated Moylan to the rank of Knight Commander. Moylan died in 1931 at the age of 70. The Dr. Peter F. Moylan Records, 1770-1917, primarily consists of materials related to Moylan?s knighthood by the Pope in 1917. The collection includes correspondence, newsclippings, and a dedication. The collection also contains one series that is somewhat out of scope, Official Legal Documents. This series is included in order to maintain provenance. The series, Official Legal Documents, contains 19th century mortgages, bonds, receipts, deeds, warrants, etc. The archives can only speculate that the official documents were collected as a result of previous land/property ownership by his wife, Nellie Drislane or by Moylan himself.
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Biography/History

Previously prepared by Robert Mulligan.

133 Price Collection

Dr. Peter Moylan was a doctor of medicine who lived in Philadelphia. It is this city where he raised a respectable family of two children. Agnes Margaret and Peter Francis respectively with his wife. Their daughter Helen died an early death. Throughout his life, Dr. Moylan believed in a strong, united community and he showed that to the number of people with whom he knew.

On May 3rd, 1917, Dr. Moylan was elevated to the status of knighthood as the distinguished Knights of St. Gregory. In June of the same year, he was also, in addition to his elevation to knighthood, enrolled among the brothers and sisters of the Order of the St. Augustine by a special indulgence by the Holy See. This favor was bestowed upon him for reasons stemming from his generosity of his time and his natural caring instinct that he had in his ministry of healing the sick of the community in particularly, the leaders of the Catholic Church and the Order of St. Augustine.

Through his profession, he had the privilege of becoming good friends with two Archbishops of Philadelphia. They were Archbishops Patrick John Ryan and Edmond F. Prendergast D.D. He also had the privilege to know other bishops of foreign countries. They were Archbishops John Joseph McCort of Altoona; Giovanni Vincezo Bangano of Puerto Rico, who as later consecrated Cardinal; and Pope Benedict XV. All in all, Dr. Moylan showed his community good example of a Christian Lifestyle.

Scope and Contents

The Dr. Peter F. Moylan Records, 1770-1917, primarily consists of materials related to Moylan?s knighthood by the Pope in 1917. This small collection includes correspondence, newsclippings, and a dedication. The collection also contains one series that is somewhat out of scope, Official Legal Documents. This series is included in order to maintain provenance. The series, Official Legal Documents, contains 19th century mortgages, bonds, receipts, deeds, warrants, etc. Records in this series seem to be collected as a result of previous land/property ownership by his wife, Nellie Drislane or by Moylan himself. For instance, one file in the series contains Moylan's wife's maiden name, Drislane. Please note that items in this series are very old and fragile which may require the assistance of the archive staff. Use of some items may be limited or even restricted in order to maintain the integrity of our archival materials. Please ask archive staff if you are unsure.

Arrangement note

The Dr. Peter Moylan Records are arranged into five series. The first series, Correspondence, has four subseries. The fifth series,  Official Legal Documents, is arranged by the recipient of the document(s).

Series I.Correspondence

subseries a. Congratulations from Hierarchy

subseries b. Congratulations from Colleagues

subseries c. Congratulations by Telegram

subseries d. Medical Issues

Series II. Newsclippings

Series III. Spiritual Message

Series IV. Knights of St. Gregory Dedication

Series V. Official Legal Documents

Administrative Information

Publication Information

Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Research Center,  2013 February

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Processing Intern, Hoang Tran

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions to access this collection. Please note that the archives reserves the right to restrict access to materials of sensitive nature.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions to use this collection. Please note that copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Custodial History note

Accession number 1990.058

Processing Information note

This collection was previously processed by the Ryan Memorial Library. The Philadelphia Archdiocese Historical Research Center (PAHRC) believed the collection needed to be reprocessed in order to promote basic preservation standards as well as provide researchers with an electronic finding aid. As a result, in February 2013, our processing intern, Hoang Tran, reprocessed the collection.

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Correspondence
  • Deeds
  • Telegrams

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note

Items in the series Knights of St. Gregory Dedication and  Official Legal Documents contain records that are in fragile condition. Researchers should request the assistance of the archivist on staff; however, please note that the archives has the right to limit the use of these materials in order to preserve the integrity of the records.

Collection Inventory

Series I. Correspondence, 1917.

Subseries Ia. Congratulations from Hierarchy, 1917.

Scope and Contents note

Subseries consists of three letters of congratulations from Archbishop John Bonzano, Bishop W.A. James O. A.A., Bishop J. McCort.

Box
1
Folder
1

Subseries Ib. Congratulations from colleagues, 1917.

Scope and Contents note

Subseries consists of two folders of congratulatory correspondence adressed to Moylan. Correspondents include but not limited to members of the Church, friends, colleagues, etc.

Box
1
Folder
2-3

Subseries Ic. Congratulations by telegram, 1917.

Scope and Contents note

Subseries consists of four Western Union Telegrams extending congratulations to Dr. Moylan.

Box
1
Folder
4

Subseries Id. Medical issues, 1918.

Scope and Contents note

Subseries contains one letter dealing with a medical problem addressed to Miss Aloysis Bayer of Philadelphia; March 24, 1918.

Box
1
Folder
5

Series II. Newsclippings, undated.

Scope and Contents note

Series consists of cut-out newsclippings in the form of poems, letters, and articles on Dr. Moylan's recognition. Also includes two invitation cards dated 1911. Materials in this series are pasted onto black construction paper and there is no indication of exact dates but most likely derived from the the 1910s.

Box
1
Folder
6

Series III. Spiritual message, undated.

Scope and Contents note

Series contains one short printed letter composed by Moylan to be received by his two children, Agnes Margaret and Peter Francis. Subject matter seems to be regarding his eminent death or what Moylan will leave for his children when he dies.

Box
1
Folder
7

Series IV. Knights of St. Gregory Dedication, 1917.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note

Item is folded and the condition is brittle. Please take extra precaution when handling this item. Also note, the archives has the right to limit the use of this material in order to maintain preservation standards.

Scope and Contents note

Series includes one small formal letter recognizing Moylan's elevation to the status Knight of St. Gregory, May 3, 1917; and one large certificate (fragile) of Moylan's elevation to the status Knight of St. Gregory.

Box
1
Folder
8

Series V. Official legal documents, 1770-1883.

Biographical/Historical note

The archives is unsure as to why the collection includes records found in this series. The archives can only speculate that the official documents were collected as a result of previous land/property ownership by his wife, Nellie Drislane or by Moylan himself. For instance, one file in the series contains Moylan's wife's maiden name, Drislane.

Arrangement note

Materials in this series are arranged by recipient of the official document.

Scope and Contents note

This series consists of official 19th century legal documents such as deeds, contracts, bonds & warrants, receipts, leases, mortgages, certificates, etc.

Box Folder

Philip Hartman, circa 1820.

1 9

Peter Summons, circa 1770-1780.

1 10

Elliott Gregson, circa 1820-1860.

1 11

Dennis Drislane, circa 1880.

1 12

The Monitor Building and Loan Association, circa 1875.

1 13

Elizabeth Levy, circa 1875-1876.

1 14

Elizabeth Weckerly, circa 1820.

1 15

Thomas W. Moore, circa 1875.

1 16

Carroll Building Association, circa 1857.

1 17

Patrick Casey, circa 1857-1858.

1 18

Daniel Frowart, circa 1842-1857.

1 19

Francis Falls, Miles Carr, John Muleany, 1858-1883.

1 20