St. Mary’s Seminary and University

Associated Archives at St. Mary’s Seminary & University

Mailing Address
5400 Roland Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21210

Contact: Alison Foley
Phone: 410-864-4074

Hours of Service
Monday through Friday by appointment only.
Tuesdays and Thursdays only for genealogy.

The Associated Archives at St. Mary’s Seminary and University opened in the spring of 2002. Located on the campus of the nation’s first Roman Catholic seminary, this program brings together the archives of the Archdiocese of Baltimore (est. 1789), St. Mary’s Seminary and University (est. 1791), and the Associated Sulpicians of the United States (U.S. Province est. 1921), making it one of the most significant repositories for records relating to the early history of the Catholic Church in the United States.

Special Services

  • Microfilm/microfiche printouts
  • Photo digitization service
  • Photocopies
  • Photoduplication services
  • Scanning

Type of Materials

  • Architectural Documents
  • Artifacts
  • Audiovisual Materials
  • Books and Monographs
  • Digital Collections
  • Institutional Records
  • Maps
  • Microforms
  • Musical Scores
  • Newspapers
  • Personal Papers
  • Photographs
  • Primary Resources
  • Printed Ephemera
  • Prints and Drawings
  • Serials
  • Vertical File Material

Detailed Description of Collections

Archdiocese of Baltimore Collection
This collection documents the founding, growth, and development of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore. The records date from the creation of the Archdiocese in 1789. The records in this collection are made up of several types and formats including documentary (paper), photographic, microfilm, and audio/visual. There is also a small collection of artifacts and artwork, including paintings and relics. The documentary holdings include records such as correspondence, official and legal documents, registers,
publications, sermons, and diaries.

St. Mary’s Seminary & University Collection
Founded in 1791 by the Society of St. Sulpice, St. Mary’s has the distinction of being the first Roman Catholic seminary in the United States. St. Mary’s was also the country’s first Roman Catholic institution to receive the status of a pontifical university in 1822. The Archives of St. Mary’s Seminary & University are indispensable for understanding the development of the seminary system in this country. The collection includes official correspondence, records regarding administrative, financial, legal, and curriculum matters, student and faculty lists, faculty meeting minutes, student registers, photographs, and publications, including the Voice of St. Mary’s Seminary (1924-1970), a student-run publication that chronicles the history, events, and activities of the seminary. Researchers are able to access open collections through the existing card catalog system.

Associated Sulpicians of the United States Collection:
The Associated Sulpicians of the United States Archives is the repository for the U.S. Province of the Society of St. Sulpice. The Sulpicians are a society of diocesan priests dedicated to the formation of priests for the Catholic Church. The records in the archives document the history of the Society in this country, including the institutions and programs the Sulpicians have founded or staffed and prominent members of the Society, as well as their influence on the development of the U.S. Catholic Church.

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