Maryknoll History

A Treasure Especially Our Own

Maryknoll Mission Archives centralizes, collects, organizes, preserves, protects, and makes available for research the legacy of Maryknoll’s participation in the worldwide mission of the Church.

The Maryknoll Mission Archives is the official repository for all corporate records and manuscripts produced by the three expressions of Maryknoll: the Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers, Maryknoll Sisters, and Maryknoll Lay Missioners.

Here you will find detailed descriptions (or “finding aids”) of primary sources documenting the lives, mission work, culture, and history of the Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers, Maryknoll Sisters, and Maryknoll Lay Missioners.

Our goal is to make your research experience as efficient and pleasant as possible. Please explore our Researcher Information page to plan your work at the Archives. We look forward to helping you with your research!  


Stories by Maryknoll Mission Archives Staff 

Sisters in the Snow

As it gets chillier and chillier here in New York, it makes me hope for snow. I’ve always thought of a gentle snow as winter’s reward, because if it’s going to be 20 degrees, we ought to be rewarded for suffering the cold with something beautiful outside. The...

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The Knoll in November

I was looking through the old issues of The Field Afar, looking for something to post about this month, when the title, The Knoll In November, caught my eye.  The article, from the November 1925 issue, paints a picture of the events happening at Maryknoll: The Knoll...

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One House, Many Hats

Most recently, my journey through the Maryknoll Sisters’ records have taken me to Japan. The Sisters have been in mission in Japan since 1946, so this collection is full of information about the Sisters’ ministries. The Sisters were missioned all over the country, but...

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Maryknoll Through History

Explore our timeline of major events in the life of Maryknoll