National Archives of the Marianist Province of the United States
by Mary Kenney, Province Archivist
The National Archives of the Marianist Province of the United States (NAMPUS) was created on the St. Mary’s University campus in the spring of 2015. The facility at 3141 Culebra, built by the City of San Antonio for a Learning and Leadership Center, now houses the permanent records of the American Provinces of the Society of Mary from 1849. The provinces merged into the Marianist Province of the United States in 2002, giving impetus to the relocation of archival collections to San Antonio, Texas.
The archives contain not only the historical records of provincial governance and administration but also the personal papers of individual members of the Society of Mary. Cultural artifacts and contextual materials are also available for researchers. The activities of the Brothers of Mary have been imbedded in American history for almost two centuries. Primarily educators, the Marianists are also known for their apostolic and missionary impact across the world.
The archives are the private files of the Provincial Superior and his staff. Researchers are granted access under his authority. Preserved as a “place of memory” the archives are open to researchers by appointment only, Monday through Friday, 8 until 5.
In addition to the 8,000 square foot facility on Culebra is the Treadaway location with another 2,200 square feet. The collections of the former St. Louis Province are in the process of transfer. In time, the Marianist Creativity Center will fill this space as well as workspace for student workers and archival instruction.
Our intent is to integrate the archives into St. Mary’s University, with primary resource availability, archival instruction, and the support of four-member archives staff. Outreach into the rich historical collections in Bexar County and beyond through participation in a variety of professional organizations will bring recognition of the contributions of the Society of Mary in the past and the promotion of preservation and conservation for the future.