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RG 11.1 Directors Files


All physical materials associated with the New England Province Archive are currently held by the Jesuit Archives in St. Louis, MO. Any inquiries about these materials should be directed to the Jesuit Archives . Electronic versions of some items and the descriptions and finding aids to the Archives, which are hosted in CrossWorks, are provided only as a courtesy.

The New England Province took over the staffing needs of the established mission in Jamaica from the Maryland Province in 1927 and fund-raising for this mission was shared by the Province Treasurer and Fathers in various parishes and schools. When the Province began a new mission to Baghdad, Iraq in the early 1930s, fund-raising for the growing mission work required more supervision. Two new offices were created to meet these needs: Director of the Jesuit Seminary Guild and Mission Procurator. In addition to fund-raising, the duties of the Mission Procurator, and the successor offices, included acting as aide to the New England Provincial; acting as aide to the Superiors, Vice Provincials, or Provincials of mission areas assigned to the New England Province; representing the Province missions and missionaries at meetings; providing personal services to missionaries on leave, processing and shipping of supplies and equipment; and, acting as liaison between the missions and the home province.

This series contains the records of the Directors of the various Missions Offices: Jesuit Missions, Jesuit Foreign Missions, Jesuit Seminary & Mission Bureau, and International Apostolates or International Ministries (depending on the year). The collection contains correspondence with various groups and individuals as well as reports and subject files. The collection dates from 1934-2011. There is little material from the 1930s until the 1950s and then the volume of records began to increase.

The Directors Records are sub-divided into two series: Curia Correspondence and Directors’ Files. The Curia Correspondence consists of letters between the Mission Office and the Provincials Office and with Richard Cardinal Cushing. The Curia Correspondence covers 1956 to 1971. The Directors’ Files in this series are those which were clearly identified as one person’s file and are not part of a subject files series.



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