Series 11: Correspondence: General, Missions, S.J., M.M.
Scope and Contents
This series consists of the correspondence of Baltimore Carmel during the Biddle Street years. Because the missionary commitment of the Carmelites of Baltimore becomes more evident through correspondence during this period, the Biddle Street correspondence has been specifically divided along the lines of general and missionary correspondence. The special relationship between the Jesuit and Maryknoll communities is especially evidenced by this means.
Among the most important holdings in this series are: the letters of Bishop William Gross (1837-1898) who wrote, from 1873 until his death in 1898, to Sister Louise Peckocheck primarily about his missionary labors as bishop, first of Savannah, and later, of Oregon City; correspondence with Walter Elliott, CSP and the early missionary work of the Paulist Fathers; early correspondence with Mother Anna Dengel, founder of the Medical Missionary Sisters; significant correspondence with both founders of Maryknoll, Thomas Price and James A. Walsh, as well as with Bishop James E. Walsh, MM, whose long years as a missionary and bishop helped to bring Maryknoll into international prominence.
This series of correspondence is extensive and shows the relationship the Baltimore Carmelites had with many prominent church and state (e.g. Governor Theodore McKeldin) figures during the last quarter of the 19th and over half of the 20th century.
Arranged chronologically, within subseries.
- Majority of material found in 1900-1960
From the Record Group: 7 linear feet