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Maryland Province Archives - News

Our work with the Maryland Province Archives is ongoing. Please check this page for regular updates!

Research in the News

Georgetown student and GU 272 descendant Mélisande Short-Colomb wrote and starred in "Here I Am," a one-woman play that explores her identity as a descendant of Mary Ellen Queen and Abraham Mahoney, two of the enslaved individuals sold by Maryland Jesuits in 1838.  She used documents from the Maryland Province Archives to help tell the story of her ancestors and to examine her own journey to Georgetown.  Short-Colomb's play, which debuted online in April 2021, was profiled in the Washington Post.

Congratulations to MPA researcher Dr. Laura Masur and the Catholic University of America's Archeology Department for receiving a grant from the Maryland Historical Trust!  The grant will help fund student involvement in an ongoing archeological study of Jesuit plantation grounds in Cecil County and St. Mary's County.  More information about the grant can be found here.  Dr. Masur also recently published an article in the U.S. Catholic Historian based in part on her research using the Maryland Province Archives and Georgetown University Archives. 

Elsa Barraza Mendoza, Ph.D. candidate in history at Georgetown University, and GU history professor Adam Rothman both published articles in a special issue of the Journal of Jesuit Studies on Jesuits and slavery.  Their articles were based in part on their ongoing work with the Maryland Province Archives.  The special issue can be accessed here.

Processing and Digitization

Since October 2019, efforts have been underway to reorganize and digitize the Maryland Province Archives.  This project will culminate with a new finding aid and the digitization of all pre-1900 materials in the collection.

Our goal is for researchers to able to search the collection more efficiently, better locate materials of interest (especially those related to slavery), and view digital images online through Digital Georgetown, the university's digital collections portal. Two library staff members are dedicated to this project: Archivist Cassandra Berman and Digital Production Coordinator Theodore Mallison.

*As of January 2020, 48 boxes/24 linear feet have been reprocessed. 15 boxes/7.5 linear feet have been digitized.*

Blog Posts and Media Coverage

Hail Columbia: Contesting Slavery in the Maryland Province Archives, Booth Family Center for Special Collections Blog

Women on the Margins in the Maryland Province Archives, Booth Family Center for Special Collections Blog

Collection Highlight: Maryland Province Archives, Blog of the Women’s Collections Section of the Society of American Archivists

Maryland Province and Georgetown Enhance Access to Archives with New Archivist, Georgetown University News

Cassandra Berman, Archivist for the Maryland Province Archives, reviews materials in the collection.