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Edward Holker Welch, SJ papers

Identifier: GTM-GAMMS51

Collection-level Scope and Content Note

The Rev. Edward Holker Welch, SJ Papers are in the main comprised of Fr.Welch's spiritual writings. Some of Fr. Welch's diaries also are contained within the collection, as well as material gathered by Fr. John A. Corbett,SJ for a projected biography of Fr. Welch.


  • 1791 - 1904
  • Majority of material found within 1885 - 1903

Collection-level Access Restrictions

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Biographical note

Rev. Edward Holker Welch, SJ was born into a Boston Protestant family on May 20, 1822. He received his education at Harvard, obtaining his A.B. in1840. After graduation, Fr. Welch went abroad, and not long after his return to the United States, he converted to Catholicism. Following his conversion, he went back to Harvard and in 1846 took an LL.B and A.M. He returned to Europe in order to enter a Sulpician seminary in Issy, France,and subsequently was ordained. He entered the Society of Jesus in1851, after having returned to the United States. Fr. Welch taught Ethics at Georgetown College, and Constitutional Law at Georgetown Law School. In addition, he taught at Boston College, Loyola College in Baltimore, and Holy Cross College. He died at Georgetown on December 2, 1904.


3 Linear Feet (6 boxes)

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Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

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