The John McElroy, SJ Papers contain diaries, correspondence, Golden Jubilee materials, retreat notes, biographical information and other writings, and some business and financial records from McElroy’s tenure as Procurator of Georgetown College. McElroy’s diary (1813-1821) documents enslaved people at Georgetown College and at several Jesuit plantations in Maryland.
Some folders in this collection contain references to slavery, slaveholding, and enslaved individuals. The Jesuits of the Maryland Province operated plantations that relied on the labor of enslaved individuals.
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John McElroy, S.J. was born in Ireland in 1782, and came to the United States in 1803 at age 21. McElroy entered Georgetown College in 1806, the same year in which he joined the Society of Jesus as a lay brother. McElroy eventually assumed the role of Procurator, managing Georgetown's financial affairs, and in 1817 was ordained a priest. After a short period as assistant pastor at Holy Trinity Church, he was sent to Federick, where he remained from 1823 to 1845. He was instrumental in establishing St. John’s Church and St. John’s Literary Institution (both in Frederick). He then served as a Chaplain in Mexico during the Mexican-American War, after which he went to Boston, where he helped found Boston College. He died in 1877.
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Materials are arranged by subject and by date.
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