1910-1968.Origination : Boland, John P., 1888-1968.
Msgr. Boland's sister, Mary A. Kelleher, donated these papers in 1969.
John P. Boland Papers (BOL), University of Notre Dame Archives (UNDA), Notre Dame, IN 46556
Correspondence, extensive newspaper clippings on labor activities of the 1930s and 1940s, notes on cases heard by the New York State Labor Relations Board (1939-1942), speeches and essays by Boland, records from his postwar trips to Europe and Japan, and photographs.
Diocesan priest and labor activist. He served in several Buffalo parishes before being named the first chairman of the New York State Labor Relations Board, a position he held until 1942. He helped found the Buffalo Diocesan Labor College in 1938 and was active in many labor organizations, including the Catholic Industrial Conference of America.
Following World War II, Monsignor Boland worked for War Relief Services (National Catholic Welfare Conference) in Europe and the Middle East and served as a labor relations consultant to General Douglas MacArthur in Japan. He was pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Buffalo from 1943 until his retirement in 1967.
Throughout his career, Monsignor Boland wrote and spoke extensively on the labor movement and the Catholic Church.