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ARCHIVES, MARYLAND PROVINCE, SOCIETY OF JESUS

The Maryland Province Archives provides at once remarkably rich and frustratingly incomplete documentation of the activities of the Society of Jesus in Maryland from their arrival in 1634. The Archives consists of the papers of the Maryland Mission (1638-1832), the Maryland Province (1833-1878, 1944-75), and the Maryland-New York Province (1879-1944). The bulk of the material dates from the 19th century, and has been on deposit at Georgetown since 1977. The material within is divided into 89 series.

Among the most interesting groups of records in the archives are the following: extensive files relating to the Jesuits' Maryland estates from the seventeenth century onward inclusive of land-owning and slave-holding records; correspondence received by the colonial Jesuit Superiors and the various provincials; Archbishop John Carroll's extensive correspondence with the English Jesuits, and especially with Rev. Charles Plowden; papers relating to the foundation of Georgetown University; papers relating to the dissolution and restoration of the Society; and papers relating to the activities, exile, and death of Mexican Emperor Agustin de Iturbide. The collection also includes portions of the papers of individual Jesuits, including Revs. Stephen L. Dubuisson, Francis Neale, Richard Molyneux, Jose A. Lopez, John McElroy and Peter Kenney; and papers relating to the Fenwicks and other early Maryland Catholic families connected in one way or another with the Jesuits. Although the bulk of the material dates from the nineteenth century, the earlier records constitute the most important single historical source for our knowledge of the growth of Catholicism in colonial America.

Due to the nature of the items comprising this archive, the material which has been entered into the Georgetown Special Collections database is not indexed according to county, but according to locale [i.e., towns, cities, institutions, etc.] found within a county; therefore, if a researcher desires to find a specific location within the parameters of a specific county, it will be necessary to initiate a search by the name of the particular site or institution.

The original numbering of the documents has been retained. Items labeled missing may sometimes be found in other folders; these were misfiled before coming to Georgetown.

See also: The American Mission: Maryland Jesuits from Andrew White to John Carroll

ACCESSION DATA: On deposit from the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus.

BULK DATES: 1800 - 1875
SPAN DATES: 1638 - 1975

EXTENT: 131 boxes

SERIES


SERIES: 1. Histories/Accounts



SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of histories, narrative and/or journal accounts belonging to the Maryland Province Archives.

SERIES: 2. Correspondence


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of Maryland Province Archives correspondence.

SERIES: 3. Documents


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series is comprised of documents belonging to the Maryland Province Archives.

SERIES: 4. Varia


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of varia belonging to the Maryland Province Archives.

SERIES: 5. Books/Pamphlets


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of books and pamphlets belonging to the Maryland Province Archives.

SERIES: 6. Newsclippings


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of newsclippings belonging to the Maryland Province Archives.

SERIES: 7. Photographs


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of photographs belonging to the Maryland Province Archives.

SERIES: 8. Records


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of Maryland Province Archives records in the form of manuscripts, lists, notebooks, almanacs and diaries.

SERIES: 9. Homiletic Writings


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of homilies, meditations and other texts of a spiritually didactic character.

SERIES: 10. Financial Papers


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of financial papers belonging to the Maryland Province Archives.

SERIES: 11. Artifacts


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of artifacts belonging to the Maryland Province Archives.

SERIES: 12. John McElroy (SJ) Papers


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of papers belonging to John McElroy, S.J. For a biographical sketch of Fr. McElroy, please consult two sources in the "Woodstock Letters"- 1). Autobiographical sketch [Vol. 44, p. 9]; 2). Obituary [Vol. 6, p. 178].

SERIES: 13. Fidel de Grivel (SJ) Papers


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of the papers of Claude Hartmann Xavier Joseph Fidel de Grievel, S.J. For a biographical sketch of Fr. Grivel, please consult the "Woodstock Letters" [Vol. 10, p. 244].

SERIES: 14. Stephen Dubuisson (SJ) Papers


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of the papers of Stephan Larigaudelle Dubuisson, S.J. For a biographical sketch of Fr. Dubuisson, please consult the "Woodstock Letters" [Vol. 19, p. 167].

SERIES: 15. Provinces


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of material pertaining to the various provinces of the Society of Jesus.

SERIES: 16. Pastorals, Ordination, Naturalization


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series is comprised of materials pertaining to ordinations and naturalizations.

SERIES: 17. St. Inigoes & Ridge, Maryland


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series is comprised of Maryland Province Archives materials pertaining to St. Inigoes, Ridge and the general area of St. Mary's County, Maryland.

SERIES: 18. Newtown and Leonardtown Material


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of items pertaining to Newtown and Leonardtown, Maryland.

SERIES: 19. St. Thomas Manor


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of material pertaining to St. Thomas Manor in Charles County, Maryland.

SERIES: 20. White Marsh


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of materials pertaining to White Marsh parish.

SERIES: 21. Bohemia Material


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of material pertaining to Bohemia.

SERIES: 22. Conewago Material


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of materials pertaining to Conewago.

SERIES: 23. Georgetown University (I)


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of the first of two segments of material pertaining to Georgetown University.

SERIES: 24. Trinity-Georgetown


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of material pertaining to Holy Trinity Church (Georgetown).

SERIES: 25. Washington-Alexandria


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of material pertaining to Washington, D.C., and Alexandria, Virginia.

SERIES: 26. Frederick


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of material pertaining to Frederick, Maryland.

SERIES: 27. Woodstock College


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of items pertaining to Woodstock College.

SERIES: 28. Philadelphia


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of material pertaining to the Philadelphia area.

SERIES: 29. Keyser Island


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of materials pertaining to Keyser Island.

SERIES: 30. Boston


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of materials pertaining to Boston.

SERIES: 31. Baghdad [Iraq]


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of material pertaining to Baghdad, Iraq.

SERIES: 32. Holy Cross College


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of material pertaining to Holy Cross College, located in Worcester, Massachusetts.

SERIES: 33. Shadowbrook


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of material pertaining to Shadowbrook, Massachusetts.

SERIES: 34. Jamaica


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of material pertaining to the island of Jamaica, located in the British West Indes.

SERIES: 35. Corporation RCC


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of information pertaining to the Corporation of Roman Catholic Clergy.

SERIES: 36. Corp. Minutes


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of the minutes belonging to the Corporation of Roman Catholic Clergymen.

SERIES: 37. Naples, Cuba, etc.


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of materials pertaining to Naples, Cuba and other areas.

SERIES: 38. Non-Jesuit Wills


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of Wills not belonging to members of the Society of Jesus.

SERIES: 39. Jesuit Wills [to 1850]


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of Wills of Jesuits dating prior to the year 1850.

SERIES: 40. Jesuit Wills [Post 1850]


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of Wills of Jesuits dating after the year 1850.

SERIES: 41. Farms, Leases, etc.


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of material pertaining to farms, leases, etc.

SERIES: 42. St. Inigoes Manor/St. George's


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of materials pertaining to St. Inigoes Manor and to St. George's.

SERIES: 43. Newtown


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of materials pertaining to Newtown. [Note: In early times, there were many towns mapped on the Potomac and Patuxent in St. Mary's County. Some were built up as was Leonardtown, whereas some were begun and have since disappeared; some were on "paper" only. Newtown was such a town "on Mr. Bretton's land." It was a port of entry. The field in the northeast corner of Bretton's outlet on St. Clements Bay looks as if laid out for a town. That was the location of Newtown or Neapolis in Maryland.]

SERIES: 44. East Shore Delaware


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of material pertaining to East Shore Delaware.

SERIES: 45. Goshenhoppen/Paradise


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of items pertaining to Goshenhoppen and/or Paradise, Pennsylvania.

SERIES: 46. Pennsylvania Missions


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of items pertaining to the Pennsylvania missions.

SERIES: 47. Churches/Property


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of items pertaining to churches and property in southern Maryland.

SERIES: 48. Southern Maryland


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of materials pertaining to missions in Southern Maryland.

SERIES: 49. Baltimore


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of items pertaining to Baltimore and Western Maryland.

SERIES: 50. South and West


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of materials pertaining to missions in the Southern and Midwestern sectors of the United States.

SERIES: 51. Old Maryland Family Papers


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists items pertaining to old Maryland family papers.

SERIES: 52. Fenwick Papers


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series pertains to the Fenwick papers, particularly those of George Fenwick, S.J.

SERIES: 53. Slaves


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of material pertaining to the ownership of Negro slaves.

SERIES: 54. Accounts


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of materials pertaining to accounts.

SERIES: 55. Accounts-Newtown & Others


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of accounts of Newtown and other missions (including St. Inigoes, White Marsh, Conewago, Bohemia, St. Thomas Manor, West Park, Philadelphia, Frederick and [St. Mark's] Alexandria).

SERIES: 56. Procurator's Records


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of records belonging to the Provincial Procurator's Office.

SERIES: 57. Correspondence [202-228]


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series contains correspondence arranged chronologically.

SERIES: 58. Final Vows [301]


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of Final Vows documents.

SERIES: 59. Wills, Jesuit to 1910 [310]


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series contains Jesuit Wills to the year 1910.

SERIES: 60. Wills, Jesuit After 1910 [311]


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series contains Jesuit Wills recorded after the year 1910.

SERIES: 61. Bequests to Province [315]


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series contains correspondence and documents regarding bequests to the Province.

SERIES: 62. History of Houses [325]


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series contains documents regarding the history of particular residences.

SERIES: 63. Historia Domus [326]


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of later Histories of Jesuit Residences in the Maryland-New York Province.

SERIES: 64. Litterae Annuae [335]


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of the Litterae Annuae for various houses in the Province.

SERIES: 65. Litterae Annuae 1888-98 [336]


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series contains Litterae Annuae for the Province spanning the years 1888-98.

SERIES: 66. Catalogues of the Province [350]


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series contains Catalogues of the Maryland Province.

SERIES: 67. Catalogus Primus Provinciae Marylandiae [351]


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series contains bound examples of the Catalogus Primus for the Province.

SERIES: 68. Catalogus Rerum [353]


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series contains examples of the Catalogus Rerum of the Province.

SERIES: 69. Obituaries [354]


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series contains Obituaries, Necrologies, and Elogia Defunctorum for the Province.

SERIES: 70. Jesuit Seminary Fund [400]


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series contains items pertaining to the Jesuit Seminary Fund.

SERIES: 71. Account Books [402-404]


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series contains miscellaneous account books.

SERIES: 72. Frederick Novitiate [405-406]


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series contains items pertaining to the Frederick, Maryland, Novitiate.

SERIES: 73. World War I [412-414]


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series contains material pertaining to World War I (1914-18) and its immediate aftermath.

SERIES: 74. Financial Miscellany [417]


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of miscellaneous correspondence and ledgers regarding expenditures.

SERIES: 75. Expenses and Finances [418]


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series contains correspondence and documents regarding expenses and finances of the Province.

SERIES: 76. Generals' Correspondence [500]


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series contains correspondence from and to Father General.

SERIES: 77. Relations with Other Orders [501]


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series contains miscellaneous items documenting relations between the Society and various Other Orders.

SERIES: 78. Books [502]


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series contains bound books of catalogues, encyclicals, etc.

SERIES: 79. Summaria Vitae Defunctorum [510]


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series contains obituaries for Jesuits of the Maryland Province.

SERIES: 80. Procurator's Papers [520]


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series contains various annual letters, procurator's papers, and related items.

SERIES: 81. Loyola College Material [540-541]


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series contains material relating to Loyola College and St. Ignatius Church in Baltimore.

SERIES: 82. Residences [543-577]


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series contains histories and printed ephemera originating from and organized according to the various colleges, churches, and residences of the Province.

SERIES: 83. Father Generals' Correspondence


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series contains originals and photocopies of Father Generals' correspondence, arranged chronologically.

SERIES: 84. Iturbide Papers [1H]


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series contains papers belonging to Fr. Joseph Lopez, SJ concerning Don Agustin de Iturbide (Emperor Agustin I of Mexico, 1822-23).

SERIES: 85. Peter Kenney, SJ Papers [XK]


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series contains documents originating from or relating to Peter Kenney, SJ.

SERIES: 86. European Correspondence [XX]


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of personal correspondence to and from William McSherry, SJ, James Ryder, SJ, Thomas Mulledy, SJ, Aloysius Young, SJ, and George Fenwick, SJ, from their time in Europe 1821-30.

SERIES: 87. Missouri Mission Correspondence [XXX]


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series contains general correspondence and documents pertaining to the Missouri Mission of the Maryland Province. The researcher is advised to consult index file cards for synopses of individual letters.

SERIES: 88. Georgetown University Material [556]


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series consists of clippings and printed matter pertaining to Georgetown University.

SERIES: 89. Additions [600]


SERIES DESCRIPTION: This series contains items added to the Maryland Province Collection since its transfer to the Georgetown University Archives.

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