Jesuit Archives Digital Collections and Resources allows researchers to access the holdings of the Jesuit Archives: Central United States remotely from their homes and classrooms.
Since 1997, The Jesuit Archives: Central United States, located in the Central West End of St. Louis, Missouri has housed the collective memory of seven past and current administrative provinces of the Society of Jesus in the United States. These seven include the Central and Southern, Chicago, Chicago-Detroit, Detroit, Missouri, Wisconsin, New York and New England Provinces. In 2000, the archives accepted the records of the governing body of the Society of Jesus in the US, the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States.
Digital collections and resources include items digitized from our archival collections documenting the work of Jesuits in the United States and American Catholic life, as well as important published works on Jesuit history.
The mission that guides the physical archive, also informs the creation of our digital collections:
From a desire to honor the wisdom of Superior General Pedro Arrupe, the Jesuit Archives has striven to fulfill its mission as a repository of record for the largest religious order of men in the Catholic Church.
The Jesuit Archives:
- Serves an essential function of the intellectual apostolate of the Society as a “place of memory.”
- Provides a secure, organized repository for the patrimony of documents and artifacts. This preserves the history of a province, its communities, and apostolic works, as well as the lives of its members. Thus the Society of Jesus may understand its past and animate its present and future endeavors.
- Supports the current administration of a province and its apostolic mission.
- Makes resources of history and spirituality available to help with the cultivation of Jesuit identity and the evangelization of cultures.
- Preserves the patrimony of the Society of Jesus in order to transmit it to future generations of Jesuits, who will act as emissaries to the culture at large.
Permission to Publish
Written permission to publish any records in their entirety or a substantial portion thereof must be requested and approved prior to publication. The researcher has the sole, legal responsibility for obtaining this written permission.