THE LUKAS-TEILHARD COLLECTION

The Lukas collection consists of the research files amassed by Mary and Ellen Lukas in the writing of their book Teilhard, A Biography (1977). These files consist of original letters, photographs, and photoreproductions of unpublished letters to and from Teilhard, his family, friends, and associates, along with some related printed materials.
Gift of Mary and Ellen Lukas in memory of their father, Alexander J. Lukas (D'26)
1899-1985 * 1.50 linear feet


Box 1 Folder 1
Albee, Edward: TLS

Date span: 17 Jun 1961
Description: Contains one short original letter to Mary Lukas, thanking her for a translation she had provided, and commenting on a German critic named Luft.


Box 1 Folder 2
Barbour, George
Date span: 1934-1954
Description: Contains photocopies and transcripts of letters from George Barbour to his wife, as well as one letter to Barbour from a Fernando Mouta. Also contains five photographs of Teilhard, taken from the Woodstock Theological Library Barbour Collection.


Box 1 Folder 3
Barrett, David
Date span: 13 Sep 1968
Description: Contains one original letter from Barrett, who had known Teilhard during his service with the U.S. Foreign Service in China. The letter describes the social scene while Teilhard was in China, and lists other persons who might be contacted for further information.


Box 1 Folder 4
Barjon, Louis, S.J.
Date span: 12 Oct 1974
Description: Contains one original letter from Fr. Barjon, who apologizes that his memory is failing him in regard to questions he had been asked by the Lukases about Teilhard.


Box 1 Folder 5
Beaulieu, Simone
Date span: 7 Aug 1949
Description: Contains a photocopy of a transcript of a letter from Teilhard to Beaulieu, wife of a French diplomat. The letter discusses Communism, the Catholic Faith, and Teilhard's own philosophy.


Box 1 Folder 6
Bergeret, Ida Treat
Date span: 16 Dec 1975
Description: Contains one original letter from the former Ida Treat, who had known Teilhard in China during her tenure there as a journalist. She writes of a conversation she had had with Teilhard, about "The Cosmic and the Personal God," and about American Jesuits.


Box 1 Folder 7
Blanc, Baron Alberto-Carlo
Date span: 21 Jun 1939 - 19 Dec 1952
Description: Contains photocopies of transcripts of ten letters from Teilhard to Italian paleontologist Blanc. The letters cover various topics in paleological research, and Teilhard's travels, as well as a number of discussions of Teilhard's view of Man in the Universe.


Box 1 Folder 8
Bottereau, George, S.J.
Date span: 11 Oct 1974
Description: Contains one original letter from Bottereau, Secretary for the French Provinces at the headquarters of the Jesuit Order in Rome, describing Teilhard's visit to Rome in 1948.


Box 1 Folder 9
Bouillard, Henri, S.J.
Date span: 26 Dec 1974, 8 Mar 1977
Description: Contains two original letters from Bouillard, a Jesuit writer and philosopher and an early editor of some of Teilhard's essays. The first letter answers questions about the career and work of Pierre Chaillet, S.J. The second thanks the Lukases for a book.


Box 1 Folder 10
RESTRICTED
Bouillerye, Isabelle de la
Date span: 30 Jul 1946 - 7 Dec 1952
Description: Contains photocopies of transcripts of letters from Teilhard to Mme. de la Bouilleryé


Box 1 Folder 11
Breuil, Henri
Date span: 23 May 1923 - 8 Jan 1955, undated
Description: Contains photocopies of transcripts of letters from Teilhard to Breuil, a fellow paleontologist and colleague of Teilhard in China. The letters contain technical discussions of geological topics and mention of travels and professional contacts.


Box 1 Folder 12
Clark, Desmond
Date span: 12 Sep 1953 - 10 Mar 1954
Description: Contains photocopies of transcripts of letters from Teilhard to Dr. Clark, a Rhodesian paleontologist. The letters discuss the progress of Teilhard's geological ventures and possibilities for new ones in southern Africa.


Box 1 Folder 13
Cosme, Mme. Henri
Date span: 11 Jul 1944 - 26 Jul 1952
Description: Contains photocopies of transcripts of letters from Teilhard to the wife of Henri Cosme (Henri had been a Vichy diplomat in China). The letters discuss Teilhard's work in China and his colleagues, as well as his social activities.


Box- 1 Folder 14
CuéClaude
Date span: 2 Jan 1953
Description: Contains a photocopy of a transcript of a letter from Teilhard to CuéTeilhard's first biographer, and son of Teilhard's colleague, Lucien Cué The letter contains a discussion of Teilhard's views on evolution, man, and Christianity.


Box 1 Folder 15
Dopp, Henri, S.J.
Date span: 7 Jan 1971, 4 Jan 1972
Description: Contains two original letters from Dopp, a Belgian Jesuit historian and friend of Teilhard, sending his thanks for Christmas cards received from the Lukases.


Box 1 Folder 16
Drummond, William: Photographs
Date span: [1930's-1940's]
Description: Contains nine photographs from Drummond's collection on life in China among the Westerners there in the 1930's:
Lucille Swan in China
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Teilhard in the Field in China
undated
Teilhard at his 60th Birthday Party
ca. 1 May 1941
Great Wall, Photographed by Bill Drummond
ca. 1934-38
[Costume Party:] Mrs. Calhoun, Lucile Swan,
Lionel Weggom (?)
undated
The Living Buddha in Exile in Peking
ca. 1937
[Costume Party:] Lucile Swan, Marion Chubb
ca. 1934-1938
Peking Picnic
undated
River Man Ferrying Passenger Across
1937


Box 1 Folder 17
Ducros, Xavier
Date span: undated
Description: Contains one letter from Mgr. Ducros, Rector of the Institut Catholique in Toulouse, replying to questions from the Lukases about his region of France during the Second World War.


Box 1 Folder 18
du Passage, Henri
Date span: 25 Apr 1985
Description: Contains one original letter from du Passage, a cousin of Teilhard, answering a query from the Lukases regarding his possession of any Teilhard papers. Also contains a photo of Les Moulins and one of a portrait of Teilhard, and other Teilhardiana.


Box 1 Folder 19
Fejos, Paul
Date span: 28 Mar 1951 - 8 Jan 1955
Description: Contains photocopies of transcripts of letters from Teilhard to Fejos, Director of Research for the Viking Fund (later the Wenner-Gren Foundation). Also contains a clipping of an article by Teilhard, "The Antiquity and World Expansion of Human Culture."


Box 1 Folder 20
Gaudefroy, Christophe
Date span: 5 May 1923 - 6 Feb 1939
Description: Contains photocopies of transcripts of letters from Teilhard to AbbéGaudefroy, a French mineralogist and professor at the Sorbonne. The letters cover the Church, theology, philosophy and geology and the relationships among some of these subjects.


Box 1 Folder 21
Hauteville, Comtesse Beatrice d'
Date span: [1 ]Mar 1975
Description: Contains one original letter from the Comtesse d'Hauteville. The letter details the last time she had seen Teilhard.


Box 1 Folder 22
Lamalle, Edm., S.J.
Date span: 10 Oct 1974
Description: Contains one original letter from Rev. Lamalle, Teilhard's guide in Rome in 1948.


Box 1 Folder 23
Lamare, Pierre
Date span: 17 Sep 1948 - 9 Jul 1954
Description: Contains photocopies of transcripts of letters from Teilhard to Lamare, a French geologist. The letters mention Teilhard's research, his plan to go to New York and his life there after his arrival, and mention his disagreements with the hierarchy.


Box 1 Folder 24
Lecler, Joseph, S.J.
Date span: 23 Sep 1974 - 2 Jun 1976, undated
Description: Contains five original letters from Lecler, answering questions from the Lukases about other Jesuits who had known Teilhard, including P. d'Ouince, FrançRusso, and especially Raymond Jouve. One letter contains a short vita of Lecler himself.


Box 1 Folder 25
Lejay, Pierre
Date span: 3 May 1953
Description: Contains a photocopy of a transcript of one letter from Teilhard to Fr. Lejay, a geophysicist and friend of Teilhard in postwar Paris. The letter contains Teilhard's thoughts on the Church, mentions financing of geological digs, and his Science of Man.


Box 1 Folder 26
Leroy, Pierre, S.J.: Correspondence from
Date span: 18 Oct 1971 - 27 Apr 1985, undated
Description: Contains fifteen original letters from Fr. Leroy to Mary Lukas, as well as his autograph answers to typed questions from the Lukases on Teilhard's understanding of modern physics. The letters cover many details of Leroy's relationship with Teilhard.


Box 1 Folder 27
Leroy, Pierre, S.J.: Teilhard Correspondence
Date span: 20 Mar 1948 - 4 Apr 1955
Description: Contains a large number of photocopies of transcripts of letters from Teilhard to Rev. Leroy. The letters discuss mutual scientific interests, Teilhard's dealings with Rome, mutual friends, and many other topics.


Box 1 Folder 28
Le Roy, ಝ
Date span: 19 Oct 1921 - 1 Dec 1954
Description: Contains photocopies of transcripts of letters from Teilhard to ಝLe Roy, philosopher and mathematician and long-time friend of Teilhard. The letters cover Teilhard's travels and his paleological work, as well as theology and philosophy.

Box 1 Folder 29
Lubac, Henri de, S.J.
Date span: 19 Dec 1974 - 10 Mar 1983, undated
Description: Contains seven original letters from Fr. de Lubac, a Jesuit theologian, to Mary Lukas, as well as his autograph answers to typed questions from the Lukases on Teilhard's heart attacks and other events in the period 1947-49.


Box 2 Folder 1
Margarie, M. & Mme. Roland de
Date span: 1 Sep 1941 - 13 Apr 1949
Description: Contains photocopies of transcripts of letters from Teilhard to M. & Mme. Roland Margarie, the former a French diplomat in China during Teilhard's stay there. Also contains a letter from Pierre LeRoy and materials on Emmanuel Margarie, Roland's father.


Box 2 Folder 2
Monfreid, M & Mme. Henri de
Date span: 27 May 1926 - 3 Feb 1929
Description: Contains photocopies of transcripts of letters from Teilhard to the Monfreids. Teilhard had met the novelist Monfreid on board ship in the Far East in 1926. The letters relate Teilhard's travels and activities.


Box 2 Folder 3
Mortier, Jeanne: Correspondence from
Date span: 24 Nov 1975 - [Dec 1975],
Description: Contains a letter, a card, and autograph answers to typed questions from the Lukases on events in the last few years of Teilhard's life, especially his making of a will. Also contains a photo of Mlle. Mortier, and a copy of her permission to publish quotations from material she had supplied.


Box 2 Folder 4
Mortier, Jeanne: Teilhard Correspondence I
Date span: 28 Jul 1939 - 20 Nov 1951
Description: This and the following folder contain a large number of photocopies of transcripts of letters from Teilhard to Mlle. Mortier, his literary executrix. The letters cover Teilhard's philosophy, his faith, his publications and his scientific research.


Box 2 Folder 5
Mortier, Jeanne: Teilhard Correspondence II
Date span: 4 Jan 1952 - 30 Mar 1955


Box- 2 Folder 6
Oakley, Kenneth: TLS
Date span: 4 Aug 1981
Description: Contains one letter to Mary Lukas from Oakley, the English anthropologist and geologist who uncovered the fraud of the Piltdown skull. His letter mentions evidence uncovered by the Lukases against Teilhard's involvement in the forgery.


Box 2 Folder 7
Ouince, Renéd', S.J.
Date span: 5 Jun 1970
Description: Contains one original letter from d'Ouince, Teilhard's Superior at Éresponding to a request to meet with him. Also contains a photocopy of the letter.


Box 2 Folder 8
Ouince, Renéd', S.J.: Teilhard Correspondence
Date span: 1922 - 7 May 1952
Description: Contains photocopies of transcripts of letters from Teilhard to Pèd'Ounice, letters from Teilhard to Fr. Jean-Baptiste Janssens, a copy of a 1922 essay by Teilhard on Original Sin with a copy of a 1924 recantation on the same subject. Also a photo.


Box 2 Folder 9
Pennereth, Brother Dé
Date span: 26 Jul 1974, undated
Description: Contains typed answers to the typed questions from the Lukases concerning Teilhard's two heart attacks in 1947. Also contains a postcard from Mary Lukas to her publisher showing the hospital where Teilhard recuperated, nursed by Brother Dé


Box 2 Folder 10
Raphael, Franç: Correspondence
Date span: 19 May 1976
Description: Contains an original letter from Mme. FrançRaphael, a friend of Teilhard from his days in China, giving permission to the Lukases to publish material and photographs obtained from her.


Box 2 Folder 11
Raphael, Francoise: Teilhard Correspondence
Date span: 20 Jan 1938 - 9 Mar 1952, undated
Description: Contains photocopies of transcripts of letters from Teilhard to M. & Mme. Paul Raphael, who had met Teilhard in China. (The originals of these letters are also housed at Georgetown University, as the Raphael - Teilhard de Chardin Collection.)


Box 2 Folder 12
Ravier, Andre, S.J.
Date span: 6 Jan 1975
Description: Contains one original letter from Fr. Ravier, Teilhard's Superior at Lyons, who apologizes that he cannot remember enough to answer the Lukases' questions concerning Teilhard.


Box 2 Folder 13
Rivet, Paul
Date span: 15 Mar 1946
Description: Contains a carbon of a typed transcript of a speech given by Rivet in the French National Assembly during a debate on the freedom of education. The speech recalls Teilhard de Chardin.


Box 2 Folder 14
RESTRICTED
Russo, FrançS.J.
Date span: 2 Jun 1951 - 5 Mar 1955
Description: Contains photocopies of transcripts of letters from Teilhard to Rev. Russo, who had met Teilhard during World War II. The letters, written while Teilhard was in New York, discuss Teilhard's scientific activities and his thoughts thereon.


Box 2 Folder 15
Solages, Bruno de
Date span: 18 Sep 1974, 12 Dec 1974
Description: Contains two original letters from Bishop de Solages, a friend of Teilhard and an eminent Bible scholar. The letters answer some questions about himself and his memories regarding Teilhard and his acquaintances, especially "Le groupe de la Pensພ"


Box- 2 Folder 16
Swan, Lucille: Teilhard Letters, ALS & TLS
Date span: 10 Aug 1950, 7 May 1956
Description: Contains two original letters from Teilhard to Lucille Swan, a friend from Teilhard's days in China. The 1950 letter sends personal regards, and the 1954 letter relates Teilhard's travel plans for his return to France.


Box 2 Folder 17
Swan, Lucille: Correspondence & Miscellaneous
Date span: 6 Jan 1938 - 25 Feb 1965
Description: Contains one photocopy of a letter from Teilhard to Lucille Swan, one original letter from Swan to Mary Lukas, and notes by the Lukases on Swan and related source material.


Box 2 Folder 18
Swan, Lucille: Memoir
Date span: undated
Description: Contains a photocopy of a manuscript written by Lucille Swan about her memories of Teilhard.


Box 2 Folder 19
Tafel, Eleanor (later the Baroness von Alvensleben)
Date span: 23 Mar 1944
Description: Contains a photocopy of a transcript of a letter from Teilhard to Miss Tafel, an acquaintance from Teilhard's time in China before World War II. The letter recounts Teilhard's activities in Peking and briefly covers his views on science and faith in the modern world.


Box 2 Folder 20
Teilhard-Chambon, Alice
Date span: 7 [Nov ]1969
Description: Contains one original letter from Mme. Teilhard-Chambon, a cousin of Teilhard, responding to questions asked by the Lukases about Teilhard's family.


Box 2 Folder 21
Teilhard de Chardin, Joseph: Photographs from, I
Date span: undated
Description: Contains three photographs provided by Pierre Teilhard's brother, Joseph:
Teilhard Children
1894
Emmanuel Teilhard de Chardin
(Pierre Teilhard's father)
1923
Portrait of Teilhard by Georges d'Espagnat
1917


Box 2 Folder 22
Teilhard de Chardin, Joseph: Photographs from, II
Date span: 1899-1976
Description:Contains family photographs obtained from Joseph Teilhard de Chardin, the brother of Pierre:
[Joseph Teilhard de Chardin] (Mounted)
undated
Teilhard and Victor Point during Citroen Expedition
7 Aug 1931
Sarcenat [Pierre Teilhard's Birthplace]
1924
Joseph Teilhard de Chardin
undated
Joseph in Paris
1970
Joseph at Reception
undated
Teilhard's Sister-in-Law and Niece in Paris
1970
Postcard of Les Moulins,
with description by Joseph Teilhard
Jan 1976
Pierre Teilhard in Aix-en-Provence
1899
Teilhard at Sarcenat
ca. 1947
Issue of This was Font/Pitch 1,10 - Off.This was Font/Pitch 3,10 - On.D ຜThis was Font/Pitch 3,10 - Off.This was Font/Pitch 1,10 - On. devoted to Pierre Teilhard
Autumn 1975


Box 2 Folder 23
Teilhard de Chardin, Joseph: Correspondence from
Date span: 23 Oct 1967 - 8 Feb 1977
Description: Contains 17 original letters (some apparently missing pages) from Joseph Teilhard to Mary Lukas, replying to questions concerning details of Pierre Teilhard's life.


Box 2 Folder 24
Teilhard de Chardin, Joseph: Memoirs
Date span: undated
Description: Contains a mimeograph family history and various reminiscences by Joseph Teilhard, copiously annotated by the Lukases.


Box 2 Folder 25
Teilhard de Chardin, Joseph: Pierre Teilhard Correspondence
Date span: 6 Feb 1927 - 7 Apr 1953
Description: Contains transcripts and photocopies of letters from Pierre Teilhard to his brother Joseph, one of which has a small photo of Joseph attached. Also included is a photocopy of a transcript of the homily delivered by Pierre at his brother's wedding.


Box 3 Folder 1
Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre: Articles
Date span: 1955, undated
Description: Contains carbons, transcripts, or mimeographs of articles by Teilhard, heavily annotated by the Lukases.


Box 3 Folder 2
Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre: Essays
Date span: 1920-1945, undated
Description: Contains mimeographs, photocopies and transcripts of essays by Teilhard, heavily annotated by the Lukases.


Box 3 Folder 3
Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre: Family Correspondence
Date span: ca. 1915 - ca. 1939
Description: Contains photocopies of transcripts of letters from Teilhard to various members of his immediate family.


Box 3 Folder 4
Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre: Journals and Notes
Date span: 1944-[1950's]
Description: Contains photocopies, mimeographs and transcriptions of some journals and retreat notes by Teilhard, some with annotations by the Lukases.


Box 3 Folder 5
RESTRICTED
Terra, Rhoda de: Correspondence from
Date span: 15 Apr 1955, 6 Nov 1975
Description: Contains one original letter from de Terra, a friend of Teilhard from his China years, to Mary Lukas, politely declining to be interviewed about Teilhard. Also contains a photocopy of a letter from de Terra describing Teilhard's death.

Box 3 Folder 6
Terra, Rhoda de: Notes
Date span: see below
Description: Contains notes made by the Lukases concerning Rhoda de Terra's activities, and especially her interactions with Teilhard, from 1938 to 1964. Also includes a transcript of two letters from Teilhard to de Terra: 22 February and 1 March 1949.


Box 3 Folder 7
Valensin, Auguste, S.J.
Date span: 20 Oct 1919 - 25 Oct 1938
Description: Contains photocopies of transcripts of letters from Teilhard to Rev. Valensin, a professor of philosophy and theology and friend of Teilhard since their novitiate together. The letters contain discussions of philosophy, among many other things.


Box 3 Folder 8
Photographs I: Teilhard's Family and Home
Date span: 1900-1934, undated
Description: Contains photographs of members of Teilhard's family, as well as his birthplace, and his family's estate:
[Madame Teilhard de Chardin]
(Pierre Teilhard's mother)
1910
[Three photos of Marguerite Teilhard de Chardin
(Pierre Teilhard's sister)]
undated
[Teilhard Children:] AlbéOlivier, Marguerite, FrançJoseph, Pierre, Gabriel
[1894]
[Teilhard Children:] AlbéPierre, Franç
1886
Wedding Photo of Joseph Teilhard de Chardin and Antoinette Levart
undated
[Mass Card for M. & Mme. Joseph Teilhard de Chardin]
1978
Pierre
1886
Albé
1899
Pierre au collèclasse...
undated
Notre Mè[Teilhard's Mother]
1910
Marguerite Teilhard de Chardin
1900
ACS showing Sarcenat,
written by Teilhard's Sister-in-law
undated
[Aerial Photo of Les Moulins]
undated
[Sarcenat Area]
1934
[View of Les Moulins from the West]
undated
[View of Les Moulins from Vineyard]
undated
Franç
1900

Box 3 Folder 9
Photographs II: Persons and Places in Teilhard's Life
Date span: 1900-1950, undated
Description: Contains some photos of the Teilhard family estate, as well as photos showing persons and places from Teilhard's adult life:
Teilhard at This was Font/Pitch 1,10 - Off.This was Font/Pitch 3,10 - On. ÉThis was Font/Pitch 3,10 - Off.This was Font/Pitch 1,10 - On.
May 1950
Les Moulins
undated
Les Moulins Postcard
ca. 1900
Antoinette..before her marriage
1918
Garrigou-Lagrange
undated
Garrigou-Lagrange, Emmanuel Suarey,
Francis Ceuppens
undated
Garrigou-Lagrange, Bishop Martin Gillet
undated
Teilhard and Breuil at a Ming Tomb in China
Negative
undated
Peking Union Medical College, Lockhart Hall:
Photograph and Negative
undated
Peking Union Medical College, Anatomy Building: Photo & Negative
undated


Box 3 Folder 10
Photographs III: from Malvina Hoffman's Niece
Date span: 1929-1935, undated
Description: Contains photos of scenes from China before World War II and other Teilhard photos from Malvina Hoffman, a friend of Teilhard from his time in China, and sculptress of a bust of Teilhard:
Entrance of the Peking Union Medical College
(7" x 11")
undated
Rockefeller Institute in Peking,
Where Teilhard Worked
(7" X 11")
ca. 1935
Main Street in Peking, Outside Hotel (7" x 11")
undated
On Camels Outside Taoist Temple Near Peking
(7" x 11")
undated
Living Room in Paris Villa (6 1/2" x 8")
1929
[Teilhard in Later Life]
undated
Bust of Teilhard by Malvina Hoffman
undated
Malvina Hoffman & Dr. Simard, Paris
1930


Box 3 Folder 11
Cassette Tape of Teilhard Speaking
Date span: 11 Apr 1948
Description: Contains one cassette tape of an excerpt from the " Significance of Human Evolution," an address given by Teilhard.


Box 3 Folder 12
Miscellaneous
Date span: undated
Description: Contains the address of Dr. Hallam Movius, an anthropologist Teilhard had met during an expedition in southern Asia.


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