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Pierre Teilhard de Chardin Correspondence

Identifier: 332

Series-level Scope and Content Note

(Box 1, Folders 22 - 98) This series contains correspondence from Pierre Teilhard de Chardin to his long-time friend and fellow Jesuit, Pierre Leroy. Letters date from March 7, 1948 to April 4, 1955, just before the former's death. All letters have been previously published in 'Letters from My Friend, 1948-1955,' collected and introduced by Pierre Leroy and translated from the French with a preface by Mary Lukas. Four unpublished letters included in this collection are dated as follows: 2/19/50, 3/4/50, 3/21/52, 1/15/54. Published letters in this collection are indicated by 'LFMF' with the corresponding page number of the published book. The correspondence from Teilhard to Leroy is replete with discussions of his philosophy, personal confidences, thoughts on people he met and references to friends. As much as possible, references to individuals are indexed; however, because discussion of Teilhardian theories is so pervasive throughout the correspondence, only a few of the Teilhardian terms mentioned are reference here. Arrangement of the correspondence is chronological (one letter per folder).


  • From the Collection: 1947-1984
  • From the Collection: Majority of material found within 1948-1955

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From the Collection: 1.3 Linear Feet (3 Hollinger Document Cases)

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

General Note

Series No. in Collection: 2

Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

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