Months of dreaming, planning, building and packing are about to come to fruition as the new Jesuit Archives and Research Center will open in St. Louis this spring. It will serve as a central repository for historical resources of Jesuits in the United States. It will also be a community resource: a center for presentations and exhibits as well as historical research – preserving the past, engaging the present and forming the future.
Over the decades since the Jesuits’ arrival in the United States, hundreds of thousands of documents, letters, photographs and objects have been collected by archivists and scholars in locations throughout the United States. Now, for the first time, the new Jesuit Archives and Research Center (JARC) brings together in one place the collective knowledge, shared wisdom and unique beauty of 12 past and current administrative provinces of the Society of Jesus in the United States.
Construction began on the facility in early 2017, and most collections were relocated in November. The contents of the former New Orleans Province Archives are due to arrive this spring. Archivists are currently sorting and unpacking materials, including some that have been stored in boxes for years.
When the JARC opens to the public in the spring, it will be a venue for preservation, research and scholarship unsurpassed by any facility in the country.
A $5 million capital campaign is getting underway. Campaign committees are forming in seven cities with a significant Jesuit presence: Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, New Orleans, St. Louis and Tampa. Already, two province benefactors have pledged a total of $350,000.
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