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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 - 2017

Language: French & English

Extent: 4.5 linear ft. (3 boxes, 94 files)

Access: Materials are available to researchers without restriction unless otherwise noted.  

Separated Material: Unpublished works and translations by the Christian Brothers are cataloged separately and can be located through the Assumption College Library Catalog.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: The records were created and kept by the brothers George and Richard Christian (Other creator names: Christian Brothers, Fréres Christian, George Chrétien). The family donated the collection with George's approval in 2013. 

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Rights & Reproduction Status: Reproductions many not be published in whole or in part, sold or given away without written permission.

Processing Name & Date: Eugenia Tsantinis, January 2014, and Rachel Green, April 2023.

Scope Note: The collection can be divided into two parts. The first consists of material published by the Missions Étrangères de Paris, also known as the Paris Foreign Mission Society (MEP) collected and translated into English by George E. Christian O.P. and his brother Richard. These are martyrologies, 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 in this part is correspondence between the Christian Brothers and members of the Society on matters of translation, issues from the society’s journal, two DVDs and a postcard collection from the Society. The remaining papers of the Christian Brothers collection are largely personal including correspondence, writings, journal articles, family histories and genealogies, and  travel memoirs and ephemera.  Overall, the collection is organized into 8 series.

Biographical Note: See Finding Aid

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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.