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French Institute: George E. & Richard L. Christian Mission Collection

George E. & Richard L. Christian George (left) and Richard (right) Christian

Mission Collection

Creators: George E. Christian, Richard L. Christian

Title: George & Richard Christian Collection

Date: 1943 - 2013

Language: French & English

Extent: 23 v.; 2 boxes

Access: Materials are available to researchers without restrition uless otherwise noted.  A printed finding aid is available upon request.

Separated Material: Unpublished works and translations by the Christian Brothers are cataloged separately and can be located through the Assumption College Library Catalog.  Keyword:  "Christian, George"

Source: Donation

Preferred Citation:  George E. and Richard L. Christian Collection, The French Institute, Assumption University.

Access Conditions: With permission during hours of operation or by appointment.

Rights & Reproduction Status: Repoductions many not be published in whole or in part, sold or given away without written permission.

Copies & Originals: Photocopies provided for general use.

Processing Name & Date: Eugenia Tsantinis, January 2014.

Finding Aid: Available upon request.

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the Christian Brothers and members of the Society on matters of translation, issues from the society’s journal, other unpublished translations and some ephemera.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.

Biographical Note: George E. Christian, Jr. and Richard L. Christian, also known professionally as the Brothers Christian or les frères Christian, were born and educated in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. They attended Assumption Prep in Worcester, MA and received their B.A. from Providence College. George Christian, an ordained Catholic priest, also has an Ed.D in Counseling and School Psychology from Boston University. Richard, who passed away in 2013, earned an M.A and M.Ed. from Harvard University. The Christian Brothers' translations and genealogical research has been disseminated to various individuals and societies. The French Institute has been the recipient of the bulk of their collection.


Full Finding Aid:

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The Institute is located on the 3rd floor of La Maison Française.



Leslie Choquette
Director of the French Institute
Professor of History

Kate Bradley

Librarian/Archivist of the French Institute

508-767-7000 ext. 7495

Usage Policy

For reasons of preservation, French Institute collection materials do not circulate; however, non-rare materials are allowed to circulate through the d’Alzon Library or inter-library loan with the director’s permission.

It should be noted that the Institute’s collection includes a number of Franco-American newspapers from the New England region. Most consist of bound copies and nearly all have been microfilmed. To preserve the bound volumes, the Institute encourages scholars to consult the microfilm copies whenever they are available, for example, at the American Antiquarian Society or the Boston Public Library.