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7.3 Jose Lopez, S.J., 1816 - 1944


Scope and Contents

This subseries contains selected papers of Jose Lopez, S.J. (also known, after moving to the United States, as the anglicanized Joseph Lopez). The materials primarily concern Don Agustin de Iturbide, the Emperor of Mexico from 1822 to 1823, for whom Lopez served as attorney and political advisor.

Jose Lopez was born in Mexico in 1779. After studying canon law, he moved to Europe, where he represented Agustin de Iturbide; he then returned to Mexico during Iturbide’s fight for independence from Spain, becoming a chaplain and tutor to the Iturbide family. After Iturbide’s execution in 1824, Lopez accompanied his widow and children to the United States, eventually settling in Georgetown. Lopez became chaplain to the Georgetown Visitation School, then entered the Society of Jesus in 1833. He taught at Georgetown College, eventually becoming minister of the college and then, for a brief period in 1840, its President. When he became ill, he was sent to St. Inigoes, where he died in October 1841.

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Provenance and Arrangement

Jose Lopez’s papers came to Woodstock College in 1944, and were later transferred to the Maryland Province Archives.

Related Materials


  • 1816 - 1944

Conditions Governing Access

The Maryland Province Archives is on deposit at Georgetown University and is the property of the USA East Province of the Society of Jesus. As stewards of the Archives, the Georgetown University Library’s Booth Family Center for Special Collections is responsible for managing access to the material based on policies set forth by the USA East Province. Researchers may view these materials in the Reading Room of the Booth Family Center for Special Collections. General policies for using Special Collections can be found here.

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1. All Archives materials dated or bearing solely on events occurring before January 1, 1940, shall be open for review unless otherwise restricted, subject to Library policies and procedures.

2. All unpublished Archives materials dated or bearing solely on events occurring on or after January 1, 1940, shall be open for review upon request subject to a decision by the Provincial or someone designated by the Provincial.

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From the Collection: 308 boxes (212 regular boxes, 25 oversized boxes, 58 restricted regular boxes, 13 restricted oversized boxes, plus 14 card catalog drawers )

Language of Materials

From the Collection: Multiple languages


Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

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