Although on-site research visits are not allowed at this time due to COVID-19, Archives staff are still available to provide assistance. Their goal is to make your research experience as efficient and pleasant as possible.

Despite current limitations, they encourage researchers to contact the staff about their projects so they can determine how they can be of help.

To contact an Archivist about your research project or any other questions you may have please email archives@maryknoll.org or call 914-941-7636 ext. 2500.

Maryknoll Mission Archives

The Maryknoll Mission Archives serves to collect and centralize, preserve and make available for research the legacy of Maryknoll’s participation in the world-wide mission of the Church

The Maryknoll Mission Archives records the extensive history of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, the Maryknoll Sisters and the Maryknoll Lay Missioners, the lives of their members and the peoples they serve.

The Maryknoll Mission Archives is the official repository of all inactive materials, regardless of format, of administrative, legal, financial, and/or historical value created or received by the Society, the Congregation, or Lay Missioners in pursuance of their work. The records reflect the internal development of the Society, the Congregation, and Lay Missioners, including, but not limited to, documentation of functions, policies, decisions, procedures, operations and other activities. In addition, the Maryknoll Mission Archives documents the individual experiences of Maryknoll members, the peoples they serve, and the countries in which they minister.

Founded in 1990, the Maryknoll Mission Archives consolidated the Society’s archives, which had been in existence since the 1950s, and Congregation’s archives, which the Sisters established in their foundation year, 1912. Although jointly administered by the Society and Congregation, the Maryknoll Mission Archives maintains the integrity and separation of the two collections. The Lay Missioners joined the collaborative Archives in 2001.

The Archives is a collaborative venture, jointly staffed and jointly funded by the Society, the Congregation, and Lay Missioners. Housed under one roof and administered by a common staff, this undertaking reflects a shared vision, yet the integrity of the archives of each entity is maintained. Moreover, it enables the department to extend Maryknoll resources and to provide better access to Maryknoll’s rich heritage.

Frs. Walsh & Ford with Bishop Gauthier in China

Colorized lantern slide of Maryknoll Fathers James E. Walsh (center), and Francis X. Ford (right), with Bishop Auguste Gauthier, M.E.P. (left). A large pile of woven baskets provides a backdrop.

Clothing list and policy for the Maryknoll Sisters ~ circa Mar. 3, 1921

Clothing list and policy for the Maryknoll Sisters ~ circa Mar. 3, 1921

For more information, visit MaryknollMissionArchives.org or we welcome you to send your questions to us.

The Maryknoll Mission Archives collects, appraises, organizes, describes, preserves and provides access to these records in accordance with regulations established by the Society, Congregation and Lay Missioners and according to established Archives policies and procedures.

Info & Application for Researcher Access

The Maryknoll Mission Archives staff is happy to answer questions regarding research access to archives materials.

Maryknoll Mission Archives
P.O. Box 305, Maryknoll, N.Y. 10545
914-941-7636 x2500

All onsite researchers must submit a Researcher Application (PDF) and are encouraged to speak with a staff member about the nature of their project prior to their visit.

Researchers working on projects for publication such as dissertations, books, articles, films, etc. should accompany their researcher application with a detailed project proposal and curriculum vitae. Research requests must be approved by the Archives and the Society, Congregation or Association leadership prior to the start of research.

Reading Room Hours, Rules, & Citation Policy

Maryknoll Archives Reading Room hours are Mon. thru Fri.  ~  8:30 am – Noon & 1 – 4 pm.

Before starting research, all researchers are asked to agree to the Rules of the Archives’ Reading Room (PDF).

The Maryknoll Mission Archives staff recommends that you employ the fullest form of the citation available in citing works from the archives to ensure that we can trace the collection or series from which the materials are filed. Please refer to the Archives official Citation Policy (PDF).

For further information on any of these points, please consult the Archives staff – 914-941-7636 x2500.

Image Request & Reproduction Policies

Those interested in reproducing photos or images of other materials from the Maryknoll Archives can complete and submit our Image Permission of Use Request form (PDF).

We also recommend familiarizing yourself with our Image Reproduction Policies.


We are a Catholic Society of priests and brothers based in the United States. We are dedicated to missionary work overseas in over 20 countries. Additionally, we animate Catholics in the United States to follow their own baptismal call to share God’s compassion and love with the poor, the sick, and all those in need.


L-R Tom O'Brien, Ray Finch, Joe Everson, Russ Feldmeier

(Fr. Lance P. Nadeau, Fr. James M. Lynch, Fr. Timothy O. Kilkelly, Fr. Juan Montes Zúñiga)

The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers is overseen by our General Council, led by Superior General Rev. Lance P. Nadeau, M.M.

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L-R Tom O'Brien, Ray Finch, Joe Everson, Russ Feldmeier

(Our Co-Founders Father Price and Father Walsh)





(Africa) Education and Formation of African Clergy

The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Africa Region will provide tuition assistance to African clergy, male and female religious at institutes of higher education or specialized training. Read More

Stories of Our Global Mission

The calling of a lifetime
The life of a Maryknoll missioner is challenging, fulfilling, and deeply rewarding. Follow your baptismal call to mission by sharing God’s compassion with the poor, the sick, and people most in need.