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Our Founder

Testimony

The general archives of the SMA is located at the Generalate House, via della Nocetta 111.

It has the status of private archives: it is therefore not open to the public. However, we gladly welcome researchers wishing to consult documents over 50 years old. 

The archives contain:

-          The letters written by/to our founder, Mgr de Marion Brésillac, and then by General superiors successor: Fr. Planque (from 1859 to 1907, typing his letters got to 19 volumes), Bishop Pellet (from 1907 to 1914: 13 volumes), Bishop Duret (from 1914 to 1919, a volume), etc.

-          Letters from missionaries in Africa, since 1858 (mainly from Dahomey, Western Nigeria, Gold Coast, Côte d'Ivoire, Liberia and Egypt).

-          Several "diaries" or newspapers of mission (intermediaries).

-          The correspondence between the Prosecutor in Rome and propaganda.

-          Biographical information on members of the SMA.

Related to the archives, a library contains a few theses or monographs composed by our members or students who conducted their research in our archives, as well as various books on missionary or African themes.

 The current Archivist is P. Pierre Trichet: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Opening hours : Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9: 00 – 12: 30 pm; 15: 00 – 17: 30.

The archives are closed during school holidays.

It is advisable to announce in advance by e-mail the day when one wishes to visit: a mail will quickly confirm you that the Archivist will be present to welcome you.

 

You can also apply to the P. Renzo Mandirola, Coordinator of research on the history and spirituality SMA: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.