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Philip Cardella, SJ papers

Identifier: GTM-GAMMS44

Collection-level Scope and Content Note

The papers in this collection cover a wide and curious variety of places and events--not all clear in their relationship to Cardella. Most are in Spanish (letters to and from Central America as well as sermons for his New York community), a considerable number are in Italian, many are in English. A certain number are in French. Some, as occurs with a variegated collection, have no identifiable relevance to Cardella, his life, or his interests. There are seven folders of correpondence, received and sent, with some undated drafts of letters; four folders of material for and about the Spanish community in NYC; and small amounts of teaching material, legal documents and opinions, and inscription drafts.


  • 1872-1920
  • Majority of material found within 1887-1901

Collection-level Access Restrictions

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Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical note

Philip Cardella (1846-1901) was an Italian sent from the Province of Rome to New York in 1882. He spent much of his life and activity with the Spanish community in New York City. He attempted to build a Spanish Church for them, went to Mexico to raise money for it, but did not get the task accomplished. Upon Cardella's death in New York in 1901 his papers were wantonly destroyed, only the small number in this collection remaining, which Father Barnum brought to Georgetown.


0.42 Linear Feet (1 Hollinger Document Case)

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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