University of Notre Dame

Edward Sorin Papers

1836-1991 (bulk 1839-1893).

Origination : Sorin, Edward.
Extent : 2.6 linear feet. 2 reels of microfilm.
Repository : University of Notre Dame Archives
Address : Notre Dame, Indiana 46556
In English, French, German, Italian, and Latin.

Administrative Information


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

Preferred Citation

Edward Sorin Papers (SOR), University of Notre Dame Archives (UNDA), Notre Dame, IN 46556

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 Mother 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.


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


Badin, Stephen T. (Stephen Theodore), 1768-1853.
Benoit, Julian, 1808-1885.
Guerin, Theodore, Mother, 1798-1856.
Gillespie, Angela, 1824-1887.
DeSeille, Louis d. 1838
Martin, Augustus Mary, 1803-1875.
University of Notre Dame -- History.
St. Mary's College, (Notre Dame, Ind.) -- History.
Sorin, Edward.
University of Notre Dame -- Presidents.

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