University of Notre Dame

William James Onahan Papers


Origination : Onahan, William James, 1836-1919.
Extent : 4.75 linear feet. 1 reel of microfilm.
Repository : University of Notre Dame Archives
Address : Notre Dame, Indiana 46556

Administrative Information


University of Notre Dame Archives.

Microfilm duplicates the delicate portion of Onahan papers, which the archives filmed in order to preserve it.

Preferred Citation

William James Onahan Papers (ONA), University of Notre Dame Archives (UNDA), Notre Dame, IN 46556

Scope and Content

Correspondence, speeches, papers, programs, and newspaper clippings that pertain almost exclusively to the American Catholic Congress in Baltimore and the Columbian Catholic Congress in Chicago; microfilm of newspapers dealing with Catholic institutions of higher learning and Catholic popular history, the Columbian Catholic Congress, and a large Catholic parade in Baltimore in September of 1889.



Chicago banker, civic leader and prominent Catholic layman. He was chosen to organize the Catholic Lay Congress in Baltimore in 1889 and proposed an international lay congress to be held in Chicago in conjunction with the Columbian World's Fair Exposition in 1893. He served as the organizing chairman of the Columbian Catholic Congress that met with the Parliament of Religions at the Fair.


Catholic Congress of the United States (1st : 1889 : Baltimore).
World's Columbian Catholic Congress.
World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)
Onahan, William James, 1836-1919.

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