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2.4 General and Special Accounts, 1793 - 1963


Scope and Contents

This subseries consists of account books, expense journals, donation records, seminary fund records, and receipts related to both general and specialized accounts maintained by the Provincial Procurator. Account records are especially robust for the duration of the Maryland-New York Province (1879-1943), but also reflect financial matters during the period of Jesuit slaveholding, with some documentation of the 1838 sale of 272 enslaved individuals (Box 78, Folder 2) .

The Procurator maintained journals and account ledgers to track the finances of the Province. These books compiled the receipts and expenses of missions, Jesuit formation and members’ living expenses, the capital investments and obligations of the Province, bank account records, and administrative matters. As the Procurator also served as Agent of the Corporation of Roman Catholic Clergymen (CRCC), this subseries also contains CRCC Agent books. These records include entries for expenses and receipts related to the CRCC’s administrative expenses, employee expenses (including those related to enslaved people), travel, and other matters.

**Please note: the finding aid contains Scope and Contents notes for each folder. This folder-level description has been imported from an older finding aid. Researchers may encounter outdated or potentially offensive terminology and occasional inaccuracies. If you would like to notify Special Collections of any issues that need correcting, please contact us.**

Materials on Slavery

Some materials in this subseries contain references to slavery, slaveholding, and enslaved individuals. Some materials in this subseries address the Province's 1838 sale of 272 enslaved individuals. Relevant folders are noted in the finding aid.

Provenance and Arrangement

Five folders contain material from the original collection placed on deposit in the 1970s. The rest of the material in Subseries 2.4 is from the Addenda, which came to Georgetown at a later date. Materials are arranged alphabetically by subject, and then chronologically. Please note that there are oversized, restricted, and restricted oversized materials. If records are restricted, it is because they were created in 1940 or later.

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.


  • 1793 - 1963


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