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Joseph Harnett Papers

Identifier: HNT

Scope and Content

Reports, correspondence, memoranda, bulletins, agenda, speeches, and photographs, 1954-1966, having to do with Catholic Relief Services programs in the far east, including files on Burma, Cambodia, Ceylon, the Fiji Islands, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macau, Malaya, Okinawa, Pakistan, East Pakistan, the Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the Tonga Islands, and Vietnam.

Also reports, correspondence, memoranda, notes, and clippings, 1980-1985, with files on the International Catholic Migration Commission, United States government grants to Catholic Relief Services, earthquakes in Italy and Chile, and famine in Ethiopia; and printed material, 1960-1984.


  • Creation: 1954-1985


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Monsignor Joseph J. Harnett was a director of refugee relief projects for Catholic Relief Services, 1948-1987. In 1948 he started the CRS program in the Free Territory of Trieste and directed it until 1954. In 1954 he set up the CRS program in Saigon; after two years in Vietnam, he became director of CRS operations in the far east, a post he held until 1966. From 1967 until 1979 he worked in Rome as director of the CRS program for the Middle East, North Africa, and Southern Europe. In the early 1980s, until his retirement in 1984, he served as an executive advisor to CRS in New York.


5 linear feet. 2 linear inches of photographs. 2 linear inches of printed material.