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Joseph M. Finotti, SJ Papers

Identifier: GTM-GAMMS10

Scope and Contents

The Rev. Joseph M. Finotti, SJ Papers contain Finotti's diaries and scrapbooks from 1846 until just before his death, as well as correspondence.


  • 1846 - 1878


Conditions Governing Access

The Joseph M. Finotti, SJ Papers are on deposit at Georgetown University and are the property of the USA East Province of the Society of Jesus. As stewards of the Archives, the Georgetown University Library’s Booth Family Center for Special Collections is responsible for managing access to the material based on policies set forth by the USA East Province. Researchers may view these materials in the Reading Room of the Booth Family Center for Special Collections. General policies for using Special Collections can be found here.

Access to the Archives is governed by the USA East Province and is subject to all Library and Special Collections policies and procedures in addition to the specific guidelines below. These guidelines are a summary of access policies; the Archives may include materials that fall outside the scope of these general guidelines. For information on access to specific materials, please contact the Special Collections staff.


1. All Archives materials dated or bearing solely on events occurring before January 1, 1940, shall be open for review unless otherwise restricted, subject to Library policies and procedures.

2. All unpublished Archives materials dated or bearing solely on events occurring on or after January 1, 1940, shall be open for review upon request subject to a decision by the Provincial or someone designated by the Provincial.

3. Researchers may quote from the materials.

4. Researchers may take their own photographs of the material for scholarly and research purposes. Allowing photographs is not an authorization to publish or to deposit the material in another library or archive.

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6. Material not yet processed is not available to researchers; permission will not be granted to access any unprocessed material.

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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

Joseph M. Finotti, SJ was born in Ferrara, Italy on September 21, 1817. During his lifetime, he was well-known as a bibliographer and cataloger of American Catholic history. Finotti entered the Society of Jesus in Italy. In 1845, he was assinged to the Maryland Province in the United States. While at Georgetown, he was ordained. Finotti became pastor of St. Mary's Church in Alexandria, Virginia, and he also had responsibility for other local parishes at the same time. In 1852, he left the Jesuits but remained a priest.

Moving to Boston, Finotti edited "The Pilot" for a long period of time. He also served as a pastor in Brookline and Arlington, Massachusetts. Therafter, he went West and, in 1877, became a pastor in Central City, Colorado.

Jospeh M. Finotti, SJ died on Januaury 10, 1879 in Central City, Colorado.

[Source: "Woodstock Letters" volume 14 page 249]


1.6 Cubic Feet (4 boxes)

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Joseph M. Finotti, SJ Papers
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Aleksandra Kinlen
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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

Lauinger Library, 5th Floor
37th and O Streets, N.W.
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