This week, we explore two noteworthy collections from the Archdiocese of New Orleans: The Archbishop Joseph Rummel Collection and the sacramental registers Collection.
Hidden Catholic Collections
The Joseph H. Fichter, S.J. Papers document the life and work of the prominent priest, scholar, and social reformer. Born in 1908 in New Jersey, Joseph Fichter entered the New Orleans province of the Society of Jesus in 1930 and was ordained in 1942. He received a Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard in 1947 and …
This week’s #HiddenCatholicCollections features the Jesuit mission to Zambia, undertaken by the Irish Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), from 1946-1969. Zambia (Northern Rhodesia) was the third overseas mission for Irish Jesuits, after Australia (1865) and Hong Kong (1926), and was initially called the Chikuni Mission.
The Adorers of the Blood of Christ were founded in Italy in 1834. In 1870, a group of Adorers from Baden, Germany came to the United States. In 1876, with Clementine Zerr as their leader, the group moved to Ruma in rural southern Illinois, a place that would eventually house its first U.S. motherhouse.
The World War II collection at the Daughters of Charity Archives, Province of St. Louise documents the American community and its efforts to assist the refugees of the War alongside the Catholic War Relief Services on the European front and its sisters’ time as nurses in the interior of China on the Pacific front.
This week we highlights the papers of Society for the Divine Word missionary Harold Rigney, SVD (1900-1980) teacher of paleontology in Ghana, author of book recounting his imprisonment and torture in communist China, and beloved administrator. His experiences became the subject of the book Four Years in a Red Hell (1956).
Housed in the Archives of the North American Province of the Assumptionists in the Provincial House in Boston, MA, the Moscow Mission Collection contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, photos, video reels, baptism & marriage certificates, etc. spanning this time period. Due to the destruction of religious documents within the USSR, researchers of the religious presence in the USSR rely on collections outside of Russia, and the Assumptionists’ has been considered one of the largest extant collections of its kind.
Our Hidden Catholic Collection this week is the Joseph P. Mobberly, SJ Papers in Georgetown University’s Booth Family Center for Special Collections. The papers provide insight into Jesuit slaveholding during the early national period (1815-1827). The collection consists of the memoirs, observations, and expositions of a Jesuit who worked principally as manager of St. Inigoes, a Jesuit house and plantation in St. Mary’s County, Maryland.
Our Hidden Catholic Collection this week reveals the extensive Sisters of the Holy Family Collection at Santa Clara University Archives & Special Collections. The Order was founded by Sr. Elizabeth Dolores Armer (1850-1905) to provide home and child care services, catechism instruction, and social services for underprivileged communities.