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.
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.