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Baltimore Province archives

Province Archives

Since 1832, when the first pioneer Redemptorists began working for souls in America, the Province has not only made history, it has accumulated a considerable stock of documents, images, and objects relating to the growth of the Catholic Church in the United States.

The Archives is the repository for all of the Province records, parish histories (less sacramental records), and personnel files of Redemptorists who were, or are, part of the American mission. The collections provide a rich perspective on the ministries carried on by Redemptorist bishops, priests and brothers throughout the eastern states, as well as in the mission territories of the Caribbean islands, Paraguay, and Brazil.

Since 2018 the Redemptorist Archives has housed the archival materials of the Denver Province, making this repository among the most important religious archives in the United States.

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Upcoming events

Please join the archives staff on October 15, 2019, for an open house and the launch of a new exhibit, Pulling Back the Curtain: Portraits of Redemptorist Life. More information may be found here.

We invite you to attend the Eighth Triennial Redemptorist History Conference in at the Redemptorist Retreat Center in beautiful Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, October 21-24. Details, including registration and program information may be found here.

Click here to read more about the history of the Baltimore Province, the oldest in the United States.

The Archives possess numerous collections, including the papers of St. John N. Neumann, the fourth bishop of Philadelphia, and Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos. Our holdings are particularly strong in matters relating to the immigrant experience of the 19th and 20th centuries.

As sons of St. Alphonsus Liguori, Redemptorists are known for being especially adept in the field of moral theology, preaching missions, giving retreats and serving the most impoverished members of society. Their legacy demonstrates in manifold ways how they have shared in the struggles and joys of the people of God.

Finding aids for archives collections
The following files (PDF) have been prepared by archives staff to aid researchers in locating information within our archives. Please contact the archivist for information about accessing these resources.

Blessed Francis X. Seelos, C.Ss.R.
Bishop Ronald G. Connors, C.Ss.R.
Archbishop William H. Gross, C.Ss.R.
Bishop Edward J. Harper, C.Ss.R.
Bishop William T. McCarty, C.Ss.R.
Bishop James E. McManus, C.Ss.R.
Bishop Bernard J. Nolker, C.Ss.R.
Bishop Thomas F. Reilly, C.Ss.R.
Bishop Aloysius J. Willinger, C.Ss.R.
Rev. John A. Duffy, C.Ss.R.
Rev. Louis F. Hartman, C.Ss.R.
Rev. Francis X. Murphy, C.Ss.R.
Archivio Generale Baltimore Province
Archivio Generale St. Louis Province
AGR St. Louis 12 inventory, volume 1
AGR St. Louis 12 inventory, volume 2
Archivio Generale Supplementary St. Louis Province


Contact the archives


Patrick Hayes, Ph.D.
Redemptorist Archives of the Baltimore Province
c/o St. Peter the Apostle Rectory
1019 North Fifth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time.

The archives are open to scholars and other qualified visitors by appointment.

Inquiries for the Denver Province Archive may be made to Ms. Brittnee Worthy, MLS.

Institute for Redemptorist Historical Studies, North America

The Institute is a group of Redemptorists, collaborators, and researchers who promote the study of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer in the North American context. We seek to develop and facilitate original historical research as well as to preserve, promote, and provide access to the treasures of the North American Redemptorist heritage.