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Neil J. Twombly, SJ Papers

Identifier: GTM-200110

Scope and Contents

The Neil J. Twombly, SJ Papers contain notes and pedagogical materials for the study of Classics; spiritual writings; correspondence and photographs; a travel diary; and recognitions.


  • 1928 - 1985


Conditions Governing Access

The Neil J. Twombly, 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 All unpublished Archives materials dated or bearing solely on events occurring on or after January 1, 1940, shall be open for review upon request subject to a decision by the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.

5. Written permission from the USA East 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.

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Conditions Governing Use

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 / Historical

Neil J. Twombly, SJ (1899-1986) was a child of Walter M. (1868-1927) and Elizabeth T. Keough Twombly (1869-1927) alongside siblings Paul (1901-1927), Catherine (1902-1998), and Elizabeth (1910-1927). He grew up in Chicago before the family moved to Wheaton, Maryland, by the spring of 1910. From there he attended Gonzaga College High School and entered the Society of Jesus in 1917. After his novitiate at St. Andrew-on-Hudson (Poughkeepsie, 1917-1922), he was stationed as a teacher of Classics at Woodstock (1923-1924), St. John’s (Fordham, 1925), and St. Joseph’s (Philadelphia, 1926-1927).

Thereafter he studied in Louvain (Belgium, 1928-1931), Kärnten (Austria, 1932), and Paris (Sorbonne, 1933; University of Paris, 1934-1936). While in Europe he was ordained in Innsbruck (Austria, 1930) and took his final vows in Mont-Matre (Paris, 1935). Returning to the US he continued to teach Classics, particularly Latin and Greek, at Woodstock (1937-1948), St. Isaac Jogues (Wernersville, 1949-1958), and Georgetown University (1959-1972). Upon his retirement, he spent the remainder of his life between Georgetown and St. Joseph’s (1973-1986).

Fr. Twombly was author of the Georgetown University Latin Series (1961-1967) as well as The Phantom Limb Phenomenon … (1978).


1 Cubic Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



Greek, Ancient (to 1453)


Metadata Rights Declarations

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection includes part of the "Jesuit House archives" (GTM-920227), which was transferred from the Georgetown Jesuit residence in 1992, as well as materials transferred in 2001.

Related Materials

Materials pertaining to Neil J. Twombly, SJ can also be found in the University Archives, the Woodstock College Archives, and the Archives of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus

Processing Information

This collection was rehoused into acid-free boxes and folders in May 2024.

Neil J. Twombly, SJ Papers
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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