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1.6 Membership, Final Vows, 1812-1951


Scope and Contents

This subseries consists of the documents signed by each member of the Maryland Province upon taking his final vows and becoming a member of the Society of Jesus. Some of these members took only the simple vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience; others took the additional fourth vow of fealty to the Pope, enabling them to become fully professed. Each document is signed by the member taking the vows, records the name of the Provincial who accepted the vows, and includes the date and place that the profession was celebrated. The earliest documents date from just before the foundation of the Mission of the American Federation,, and include the years immediately after the separation of the Maryland Province from New York, August 15, 1947. They are arranged in alphabetical order by member surname . There also is a list of the members included in this subseries (compiled September 20, 1951) and fragments of a bound volume that recorded the vows taken by members of the New York Mission within the Canadian Province from January 1, 1861 through January 7, 1887.

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Provenance and Arrangement

This material was sent as part of the initial deposit made in 1977. All materials dated 1940 and later are restricted.

Conditions Governing Access

Most materials dated 1900 and later have not been digitized. Materials dating 1900-1939 are available for research use at the Booth Family Center for Special Collections. All materials dated 1940 and later are restricted.


  • 1812-1951


From the Collection: 292 boxes (292 total boxes, plus 14 card catalog drawers (201 regular boxes, 25 oversized boxes, 53 restricted regular boxes, 13 restricted oversized boxes, 14 card catalog drawers))

Language of Materials

From the Collection: Multiple languages