Subseries 1.3: Correspondence, Circular Letters, 1759-1942
This subseries consists of circular letters sent by the Provincial to the members of the Maryland Province, and spans the years 1759 to 1942. From 1759 through 1884, the circular letters are bound in three copy books; loose printed letters span the years 1881 through 1942. These letters, which were intended for wide distribution among members, variously convey directives from the Superior General, the Pope, and Archdiocesan leadership; clarify the rules of the Society related to Jesuit formation, vows, community life, missions, and schools; discuss fundraising for missions and the roles of sodalities; and contain announcements of appointments of Provincial leadership. Most often these letters were written and signed by the Provincial himself, but in some cases the Provincial reproduced letters from the Superior General as circulars to the Province membership. Additional subjects of interest include the employment of women as domestic servants in Jesuit communities; the presence of non-Catholics and women in Jesuit colleges and preparatory schools; and the need to raise financial assistance for foreign missions in India, the Philippines, and the Caribbean.
The material in this subseries is comprised of both circular letters sent in the Province’s initial deposit in 1977, as well as addenda materials deposited at a later date. Materials are arranged chronologically.NOTE: Most materials dated 1900 and later have not been digitized. Materials dating 1900-1939 are available for research use at the Booth Family Center for Special Collections. All materials dated 1940 and later are restricted.