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English College of Lisbon collection

Collection MS-1986-136: English College of Lisbon collection


  • Creation: 1853 - 1886

Scope and Contents

The English College of Lisbon collection consists primarily of addressed envelopes and letters from 1853-1886 between persons associated with the college, including college president Reverend Abbot Joseph Ilsley, Reverend Thomas Baye, Peter Baines, John and Peter Jorge, G. J. W. de Carvalho, and Ricardo de Carvalho. The letters discuss financial and other matters related to the college. Also included is a document in Portuguese related to power of attorney.


Language of Materials

English, French, and Portuguese.

Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research.

Restrictions on use

These materials are made available for use in research, teaching and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. The original authors may retain copyright to the materials.

Historical note

The English College of Lisbon was founded in 1624 for English students studying for the priesthood and for mission work in Lisbon, Portugal. More formally known as The Pontifical English College of Saints Peter and Paul, Lisbon, the institution was established under the reign of Pope Gregory XV. Representing a new venture in English ecclesiastical governing, the college was created in the hopes of halting the diminishing number of Catholics in England. The English College of Lisbon was heavily influenced by the teachings of Father William Newman (born Ralph Sliefield, of Staffordshire) and the monetary contributions of Portuguese aristocrat Don Pedro Coutinho.


Croft, William and Joseph Gillow. Historical Account of Lisbon College. London: St. Andrew’s Press, 1902.


1 Linear Feet (1 container)


The collection consists primarily of correspondence between John and Peter Jorge and president Reverend Abbot Joseph Ilsley regarding the English College of Lisbon in the mid to late nineteenth century. Also included is a legal document in Portuguese related to power of attorney.


Arranged chronologically.


Because the current accessioning system was not used until January 1986, it is not possible to know exactly the dates of acquisition of materials received before that time.

English College of Lisbon Collection
Dana Lawton, 2005; revised by Mark Clemente and Richard Burley, 2012; Ray Hartley and Rachael Young
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Repository Details

Part of the John J. Burns Library Repository

John J. Burns Library
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill MA 02467 United States