The Maryknoll Mission Archives, founded in 1990, is the official repository for all corporate records and manuscripts produced by the three expressions of Maryknoll: the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America, known as the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers (founded 1911); the Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic (founded 1912); and the Maryknoll Mission Association of the Faithful, known as the Maryknoll Lay Missioners (founded 1994).
In 1989, the Fathers, Brothers, and Sisters’ leadership teams decided to consolidate their respective archives into one office. They envisioned a single, collaborative office dedicated to facilitating and coordinating access to collections and to making preservation of the materials more efficient and effective. In 2001, the Maryknoll Lay Missioners joined the office, bringing their collections into the archive. Although jointly administered by the three expressions of Maryknoll, the physical and intellectual integrity and separation of all three collections are maintained. Leadership’s vision of one home for the entire Maryknoll story has proved to be inspired, benefiting internal and external researchers alike.
The purpose of the Maryknoll Mission Archives is to centralize, collect, organize, preserve, protect and make available for research the legacy of Maryknoll’s participation in the worldwide mission of the Church.
The Maryknoll Mission Archives receives its authority from collaborative efforts of the General Council of the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America, Inc., the Congregational Leadership Team of the Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic, Inc., and the Leadership Team of the Maryknoll Mission Association of the Faithful, Inc. and functions directly under the Council and the Teams.
Maryknoll Mission Archives staff is happy to answer your questions.
For general questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our main department phone at 914-941-7636 ext. 2500. We will get back to you as soon as possible.
Please see our Research page for information regarding research in the Archives.