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Pierre Teilhard de Chardin - Ellen and Mary Lukas Collection

Identifier: GTM-841023

Scope and Contents note

The Lukas-Teilhard de Chardin Collection comprises the materials used by Ellen and Mary Lukas in the research for their book, Teilhard, a biography of the Jesuit paleontologist and philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. These files consist of original letters, photographs, and photoreproductions of unpublished letters to and from Teilhard, his family, friends, and associates, along with some related printed materials.

The material consists of correspondence to the Lukases from individuals who had known Teilhard, photocopies of correspondence from Teilhard collected by the Lukases (much of which is unpublished), and a number of photogrpahs of persons and places in Teilhard's life, as well as two original letters from Teilhard. In addition, the collection oncludes some of the Lukases' notes and annotations, a cassette tape of Teilhard speaking, and an unrelated letter to Mary Lukas from playwright Edward Albee.

Please note that three folders in the collection are restricted from use during the lives of their respective subjects: Box 1 Folder 10 (Isabelle de la Bouillerye), Box 2 Folder 14 (Francois Russo, S.J.), and Box 3 Folder 5 (Rhode de Terra).


  • 1899 - 1956

Conditions Governing Access note

Most manuscripts collections at the Georgetown University Library Booth Family Center for Special Collections are open to researchers; however, restrictions may apply to some collections. Collections stored off-site require a minimum of three days for retrieval. For use of all manuscripts collections, researchers are advised to contact the Booth Family Center for Special Collections in advance of any visit.

Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction requests for materials authored by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin must be approved by the Teilhard Estate.

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

Born in 1933, Ellen Lukas was a noted author, editor, and journalist. She served as the U.N. Correspondent for "Newsweek," and later she worked as a delgate with the Holy See's Permanent Observer Mission for four years. Ellen Lukas died at her home in New York City in 2010 at the age of 76.

Ellen and her sister Mary co-authored a biography of Teilahrd de Chardin in 1977.

[Source: "Catholic New York" Newspaper Obituary, 10/7/2010].


1.5 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

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Revision Statements

  • 2022: Conditions Governing Use note updated by John Zarrillo

Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

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