Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955) was born outside the city of Clermont-Ferrand, in the ancient French province of Auvergne, at the Teilhard chateau of Sarcenat. In the Clermont of the 1890s the name Teilhard was an important one, with his father, the country squire Emmanuel Teilhard de Chardin, being one of the largest landowners in the province. Pierre was one of eleven children, all raised in an atmosphere of piety and plenty. From the Lukas-Teilhard de Chardin Collection.
Lukas-Teilhard Collection, Box 1 Folder 18.