Scope Note

The collection can be surveyed in two parts. The first consists of material published by the Missions Étrangères de Paris, also known as the Paris Foreign Mission Society collected and translated into English by George E. Christian O.P. and his brother Richard. These are biographies and letters of French missionaries and martyrs to Asia during the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries and in some cases, are the only translations available in English. Also included is correspondence between the Christian Brothers and members of the Society on matters of translation, issues from the society’s journal, other unpublished translations and some ephemera. The remaining papers of the Christian Brothers collection are largely personal including correspondence, family histories, genealogies, travel memoirs and ephemera.