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Charles Constantine Pise Papers

Identifier: GTM-GAMMS18

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the papers of Charles Constantine Pise, a Jesuit who left the Society in 1821 and eventually became Senate Chaplain for the 22nd US Congress in 1832. Materials include correspondence, travel papers, writings, and miscellaneous documents.


  • 1818 - 1855


Conditions Governing Access

The Charles Constantine Pise Papers are on deposit at Georgetown University and are 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.

Access to the Archives is governed by the USA East Province and is subject to all Library and Special Collections policies and procedures in addition to the specific guidelines below. These guidelines are a summary of access policies; the Archives may include materials that fall outside the scope of these general guidelines. For information on access to specific materials, please contact the Special Collections staff.


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 All unpublished Archives materials dated or bearing solely on events occurring on or after January 1, 1940, shall be open for review upon request subject to a decision by the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

3. Researchers may quote from the materials.

4. Researchers may take their own photographs of the material for scholarly and research purposes. Allowing photographs is not an authorization to publish or to deposit the material in another library or archive.

5. Written permission from the USA East Province is required for the publication of substantive portions of any material or publication-quality reproductions of any material.

6. Material not yet processed is not available to researchers; permission will not be granted to access any unprocessed material.

7. Audiovisual, microfilm and other material in the Archives, the original of which is held in another archive, may be consulted and transcribed only. Written permission from the archive holding the original material is required for any duplication, reproduction, or publication of that material.

8. Use the Permission Request Form to request permission (i) to access any restricted processed material or (ii) to publish reproductions or quote substantive portions of the material. Send the completed form by email to the Booth Family Center for Special Collections (

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers are solely responsible for determining the copyright status of the materials being used, establishing who the copyright owner is, locating the copyright owner, and obtaining permission for intended use.

Biographical Note

Charles Constantine Pise (1801-1866) was born in Annapolis, Maryland, and enrolled at Georgetown College in 1812. In 1815 he entered the Society of Jesus and was one of the scholastics chosen for training in Rome in 1820 (alongside Frs. William McSherry, James Ryder, John Smith, Thomas Mulledy, and George Fenwick); by 1821, however, he had left the Society and returned to the US to care for his mother. Fr. Pise eventually resumed his religious studies at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, where he also taught classes in rhetoric and poetry. In 1825 he was ordained as a diocesan priest and worked in Washington DC at St. Patrick’s and, in 1832, served as Senate Chaplain for the 22nd US Congress. By 1835 he had moved to St. Joseph’s and then St. Peter’s in New York, after which he helped found the Church of St. Charles Borromeo in Brooklyn (1849). He stayed there as pastor until his death in 1866.


0.20 Cubic Feet ( 1 box)

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Metadata Rights Declarations

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Clara Buchanan McGinnis, 1912.

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Processing Information

This collection was rehoused into acid-free boxes and folders in March 2024.

Charles Constantine Pise Papers
Aleksandra Kinlen
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

Lauinger Library, 5th Floor
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Washington DC 20057