Jesuit Archives: Central United States

The Jesuit Archives: Central United States is separated into five major collections: Chicago, Detroit, Jesuit Conference, Missouri, and Wisconsin. Each collection consists of biographical records, personal papers, manuscripts, photographs, records of Jesuit institutions, periodicals and books authored by Jesuits, as well as works about American religious history and the Society of Jesus. The archives also houses artifacts and memorabilia of individual Jesuits and Jesuit institutions. MAJOR COLLECTIONS: Belize Collection- American Jesuits have been serving the people of the Central American county of Belize since 1893. Historical papers pertaining to their presence and ministries are in this collection; Daniel A. Lord Collection- The papers of the energetic Jesuit Daniel A. Lord (1888-1955) capture the exuberant spirit of Roman Catholicism in the United States during the 1940s and 1950s; De Smetiana Collection- In the 1840s, Jesuits established missions to Native Americans in the Northwestern and Midwestern United States. The De Smetiana Collection contains sixteen bound letter press books of the correspondence of missionary Jesuit Peter John De Smet (1801-1873), his scrapbook, over one hundred drawings by Jesuit Nicolas Point (1799-1868) that depict Native Americans and their lifestyle, and forty of the earliest maps of the Northwest region, hand-drawn by De Smet and his contemporaries. Some of the earliest sketches of the Yellowstone area are found in this collection; Native American Collection- Church records, diaries, and personal correspondence document Jesuitsí missionary activities among the Native Americans of the Midwestern and Northwestern United States. The archives likewise preserves dictionaries and grammars of the Potawatomi and Osage peoples. The Native American Collection is among the most-consulted in the archives; Photograph Collection- provides an amazingly clear view into American history. Amazingly sharp, the photographs of Jesuit Charles M. Charroppin (1840-1915) document early St. Louis history, explore some of the earliest days of astro-photography, and tell a pictorial story of the Jesuitsí St. Stanislaus Seminary in Florissant, Missouri, during the 1870s and 1880s; Francis X. Weninger Collection- The personal papers and publications of Jesuit Francis X. Weninger (1805-1888) detail the expeditions of a successful Catholic missionary in nineteenth-century America .

3920 West Pine Boulevard
St. Louis MO 63108-3208

Phone: 314-376-2440

Email: JARCadmin(at)

Contact Name: Jake Klusman (Administrative Assistant)

Additional Staff: David Miros, Ph.D. (Director), Ann Knake, M.A., M.L.I.S. (Associate Archivist for Reference Services), Madeline McDermott, M.A., M.L.I.S. (Associate Archivist for Collection Management), and Torry O’Connor (Records Manager)


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