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Archives of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus

Identifier: GTM-119

Scope and Contents

New Finding Aid Under Construction

***Researchers should note that the Archives of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus is currently being re-processed and digitized. Reorganized and digitized materials are being added to the new finding aid (GTM000119) as they are completed. So far, this includes:

Series 1 - Records of the Provincial (1805-1981)

Series 2 - Records of the Procurator (1633-1968)

Series 3 - Records of the Corportation of Roman Catholic Clergymen (1694-1956)

Series 4 - Records of the Houses (1730-1967)

Series 5 - Records of the Maryland Mission (1638-1958)

Series 6 - Records of the Suppression and Restoration (1713-1955)

Series 7 - Papers of Individual Priests of the Maryland Province (1790-1979)

The new finding aid reflects a new collection arrangement, including newly assigned series, subseries, and folders. Each folder’s description in the finding aid provides cross-references to its location in the previous finding aid (GTM119), enabling researchers to access materials using older citations. Booth staff are happy to help you locate materials in the midst of this reorganization. Please contact us if you need assistance.

Scope and Contents

The Archives of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus has been on deposit at the Special Collections Division of Georgetown University since 1977. The Archives consists of the papers of the Maryland Mission (1638-1832), the Maryland Province (1833-1878, 1944-75), and the Maryland-New York Province (1879-1944). The material within is divided into 89 series. Among the most important and substantial groups of records in the archives are the following: extensive files relating to the Jesuits' Maryland estates from the seventeenth century onward inclusive of land-owning and slave-holding records; correspondence received by the colonial Jesuit Superiors and the various provincials; Archbishop John Carroll's extensive correspondence with the English Jesuits, and especially with Rev. Charles Plowden; papers relating to the foundation of Georgetown University; papers relating to the dissolution and restoration of the Society; and papers relating to the activities, exile, and death of Mexican Emperor Agustin de Iturbide. The collection also includes papers of individual Jesuits, including Revs. Stephen L. Dubuisson, Francis Neale, Richard Molyneux, Jose A. Lopez, John McElroy and Peter Kenney as well as Archbishops of Baltimore such as Leonard Neale, Ambrose Marechal and Samuel Eccleston; and papers relating to the Fenwicks and other early Maryland Catholic families connected in one way or another with the Jesuits. Although the bulk of the material dates from the nineteenth century, the earlier records constitute the most important single historical source for our knowledge of the growth of Catholicism in colonial America. Due to the nature of the items comprising this archive, the material which has been entered into the database is not designated by county, but according to locale [i.e., towns, cities, institutions, etc.] found within a county; therefore, if a researcher desires to find a specific location within the parameters of a specific county, it will be necessary to initiate a keyword search by the name of the particular site or institution. The original numbering of the documents has been retained.


  • 1630-1985
  • Majority of material found within 1800-1875

Access Guidelines for the Maryland Province Archives at Georgetown University Library

The Maryland Province Archives is on deposit at Georgetown University and is the property of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus. Access to the Archives is governed by the Maryland Province. 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 Maryland Province.

The Maryland Province Archives represents a crucial primary source for the study of the Society of Jesus from its arrival in the English colonies in 1634 through its expansion along the eastern seaboard, and, more broadly, for the study of Catholicism in America; the history and development of Georgetown University; and of particular significance and interest at the current time the Jesuits’ and Georgetown University’s connection to slavery, most notably the documentation of the 1838 sale of 272 slaves by the Maryland Province, proceeds of which benefited Georgetown College (now Georgetown University). The Georgetown Slavery Archive, a project initiated by the Archives Subgroup of the University’s Working Group on Slavery, Memory and Reconciliation, currently is digitizing and making available online relevant documents from the Maryland Province Archives and elsewhere.

Georgetown University Library and the Maryland Province are committed to providing access to the Maryland Province Archives to scholars, the public and especially to descendants of the Georgetown 272. To date, 71 linear feet of records of the Maryland Province, housed in 136 manuscript boxes, are processed and available for research. Descriptions of this material are available in this finding aid. 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 Maryland 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.
  5. Written permission from the Maryland Province is required for the publication of substantive portions of any material or publication-quality reproductions of any material.
  6. Material not yet processed is not available to researchers; permission will not be granted to access any unprocessed material.
  7. Audiovisual, microfilm and other material in the Archives, the original of which is held in another archive, may be consulted and transcribed only. Written permission from the archive holding the original material is required for any duplication, reproduction, or publication of that material.
  8. Use the Permission Request Form a> to request permission (i) to access any restricted processed material or (ii) to publish reproductions or quote substantive portions of the material. Send the completed form by email to Rev. Thomas M. McCoog, S.J ( with a copy to the Booth Family Center for Special Collections (


131 Linear Feet (224 boxes)

Language of Materials


Previous collection no.

GTMGamms 119

Archives of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus
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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository