Mandate and History
The Maryknoll Mission Archives is the official repository for all non-current records of administrative, legal, financial, and/or historical value created or received by the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America (Society), the Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic (Congregation) and the Maryknoll Lay Missioners. These records, in any form, were created or received by the Society, Congregation or Lay Missioners in the pursuit of their religious and legal obligations and in the transaction of their business. They document the internal development of the Society, the Congregation and Lay Missioners, the conduct of their corporate affairs, the mission lives of their members and the activities of communities their members serve.
The Maryknoll Mission Archives collects, appraises, organizes, describes, preserves and provides access to these records in accordance with regulations established by the Society, Congregation and Lay Missioners and according to established Archives policies and procedures.
Founded in 1990, the Maryknoll Mission Archives consolidated the Society’s archives, which had been in existence since the 1950s, and Congregation’s archives, which the Sisters established in their foundation year, 1912. Although jointly administered by the Society and Congregation, the Maryknoll Mission Archives maintains the integrity and separation of the two collections. The Lay Missioners joined the collaborative Archives in 2001.
Jennifer Halloran, Archives Director
Jessica Di Silvestro, Archivist
Elizabeth Peters, Archivist
Stephanie Conning, Photo Archivist
Fr. Mike Walsh, MM, Society Curator
The Archives is open for research Monday-Friday, 8:30 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
The Archives is located in the Center Building at the Society’s headquarters in Maryknoll, New York.