The Maryland Province Archives has been on deposit at the Special Collections Division of Georgetown University since 1977. 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 material within is divided into 89 series.
Among the most important and substantial 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 papers of individual Jesuits, including Revs. Stephen L. Dubuisson, Francis Neale, Richard Molyneux, Jose A. Lopez, John McElroy and Peter Kenney as well as Archbishops of Baltimore such as Leonard Neale, Ambrose Marechal and Samuel Eccleston; 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 database is not designated by 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 keyword search by the name of the particular site or institution. The original numbering of the documents has been retained.
Search instructions when using the on-line finding aid:
1. Click on the finding aid hotlink. 2. Click on View Full Finding Aid. 3. Scroll down the next screen until you see Components. 4. Click the tab for Search Components. 5. Type in the search terms e.g. "St. Ignatius" for any possible results within this collection. Note: If you try using the search box at the upper right corner of the screen, you will be searching in other collections, not just the Maryland Province Archives.