Passionist Historical Archives Collection Guide

Passionist Historical Archives Collection

Collection Guide


Historical records and Congregation archives for the St. Paul of the Cross Province, which serves in the eastern parts of the United States and Canada in parishes, retreat and spiritual centers, monasteries and residences. In addition they serve worldwide in Jamaica, West Indies, and Haiti.
St. Paul of the Cross Province of the Passionist Congregation
St. Paul of the Cross Province of the Passionist Congregation
Date Range
1850 - Present

Access and Use

Digital Access

Selected materials from the collection have been digitized upon researcher request. Some materials are also available in digital format via the Passionist Historical Archives website. Some materials are restricted to on-campus users or Special Collections staff due to potential copyright or privacy concerns.

Physical Access

The collection is open for research. Physical materials may be browsed by appointment in the Reading Room of the University Archives and McHugh Special Collections.

Passionist legal and personnel records can be found at the Passionist Province Center, located at 111 South Ridge Street, Suite 302, Rye Brook, New York 10573.

The Passionist China Collection is currently stored offsite at the University of San Francisco's Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History, as part of a digitization initiative.


Items in the University of Scranton Archives and Helen Gallagher McHugh Special Collections may be made available to visiting researchers to support research, scholarship, education, and private study under an assertion of fair use (17 U.S.C. 107). The University of Scranton respects the intellectual property rights of others and does not claim any copyright interest in these materials. It is your responsibility to determine the ownership and status of copyright in any materials you may wish to use beyond fair use, and obtain the permission of the copyright owner, if needed. Individuals or organizations holding additional information about the copyright status of items in this collection are invited to contact the University Archives staff at

Preferred Citation

[Item Title], [Folder], [Box], Passionist Historical Archives Collection, McHugh Special Collections, The University of Scranton. [Reference URL for digital objects]

Linked Data


Administrative/Biographical History

See Passionist History.

Scope and Content Note

The Passionist Historical Archives is the repository for records of permanent legal, administrative and historical value that document the history of the Congregation of the Passion in the United States of America from the arrival of the first Passionists in 1852 to the present day.


Archives Holdings

Overall archival holdings are described on the St. Paul of the Cross Province website.

The Sign Magazine [digitized, restricted to on-campus users]

The Passionist Historical Archives includes a nearly full run of The Sign magazine, a national, Catholic monthly publication dating from 1921 to 1982 (with 10 monthly issues per year). The founder and editor until 1934 was Father Harold Purcell, C.P. Many of the authors (but not all) were Passionists. A small, unknown percentage of articles was written by non-Passionists.

From 1921 through 1925, Sign was issued by the Passionist Fathers. From 1925 forward, Sign was issued by The Passionist Missions, Inc.

The collection includes both print issues (with multiple copies of some issues) in good condition as well as microfilmed versions, created by UMI in Ann Arbor, which have been digitized. There are over 700 issues, 60-65 pages each (about 3,600 pages total), about 23 x 29 cm in size.

Acquisition Information

The Passionist Historical Archives were relocated to the University of Scranton's Weinberg Library in July 2012 as per an agreement between the Passionist Congregation and The University of Scranton to preserve the historical archives

Processing Notes

This collection was processed by the Passionist Congregation prior to its relocation to the McHugh Special Collections.


Only a small amount of content from the collection has been digitized, primarily at researcher request.

The Sign magazine was digitized in 2015 by BMI Imaging, in a project coordinated by the Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History, located at the University of San Francisco. Bitonal (black and white) images were scanned from microfilmed versions of the magazine issues, some of which were poorer quality reproductions (e.g., light or blurred text, overexposed images, etc). Post-digitization processing included adjusting the rotation of pages. Due to potential copyright concerns, access is restricted to on-campus users for issues dated after 1923.

The Passionist China Collection is currently being digitized as part of a collaborative project between the PHA and the Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History, located at the University of San Francisco. Digitization specifications (as set by Ricci) are 300 dpi, 24-bit color capture in TIFF format, with derivative JPEG2000 or PDF files provided as access copies. Digital materials from the China Collection are described in the Ricci Institute catalog. Access to digitized material is currently available only to researchers onsite at Ricci.


Metadata from this collection is exposed via Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). Known, active harvests include: