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James Pye Neale, SJ papers

Identifier: GTM-GAMMS46
Neale's letters to his mother (1856-1894) in (Hempstead?) Texas comprise virtually the entire collection. Only a few letters by a cousin and the final letter from D.J. Fitzgibbon are exceptions to this. Neale was a more informal correspondent than many Jesuits were and he therefore provides a livelier picture of mission life than others often do. Extensive extracts from the letters appeared in Woodstock Letters, cited above.


  • 1856-1895
  • Majority of material found within 1871-1892

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0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

Biographical note

James Pye Neale, called Pye Neale, was born in Maryland in 1840 , attended Georgetown from which he graduated in 1859, whereupon he entered the society. Completing the usual education, he taught at Loyola Baltimore,Georgetown, then went to missions at White Marsh, St. Inigoes, and Conewago. About 1892 he went West, getting at least as far as Montana, and trying, apparently, to get to Alaska. Then he went back to the Midwest.Leaving the Society for reasons unknown in 1893, he died in Philadelphia,apparently at St. Joseph's House for Industrious Homeless Boys in early 1895. The last date is confirmed by one of the letters in these papers, and contradicts information presented in 'Woodstock Letters,' vol. 82 (1953),270.
James Pye Neale, SJ papers
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