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Edward Sorin Papers

Identifier: SOR

Scope and Content

Correspondence or copies of correspondence from Stephen T. Badin, Julian Benoit, and various American bishops regarding local and university legal and religious matters; letters to Vicar General Augustus Mary Martin at Terre Haute, Indiana, and Saint Theodore Guerin, Mother Superior of the Sisters of Providence at St. Mary of the Woods, Indiana; writings, meditations, instructions; a statement by Sorin on the relationship between the sisters at Notre Dame and those at St. Mary's College (1876) and a letter from Sorin on the death of Mother Angela Gillespie of St. Mary's College (1887); documents including presidential certificates appointing Sorin as postmaster of Notre Dame (1851-1891), Sorin's passport, and his father's will (1840); letters and elaborate cards from bishops, students and others commemorating Sorin's birthdays, Golden Jubilee (1888), Feast Day (13 October 1893), and other festive events; a microfilm copy of Sorin's Chroniques de N.D. du lac, Ind., describing the founding and early years of the University of Notre Dame (1837-1866), with a microfilm copy and a photocopy of a handwritten translation of the chronicles into English by J.M. Toohey (1895) and a typewritten transcription of this translation; printed material concerning the DeSeille land dispute (ca. 1877), Sorin's Golden Jubilee, and other topics.


  • 1836-1991 (bulk 1839-1893).


Language of Materials

In English, French, German, Italian, and Latin.


Founder of the University of Notre Dame, elected Superior General of the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1868.


2.6 linear feet. 2 reels of microfilm.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Originals of Sorin's chronicles and Toohey's translation of them came from the Congregation of Holy Cross Province Archives Center, Notre Dame, Indiana.
Edward Sorin Papers SOR
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Notre Dame Archives Repository

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