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Beverly Boyd research on Philippine Duchesne

Call Number: RH MS 1305


This collection consists of correspondence, letters, photographs, articles, books, and other materials pertaining to Saint Philippine Duchesne, from research conducted by Beverly Boyd, a former English Department faculty member at the University of Kansas who has written extensively about the saint. The collection includes information relating to Duchesne's life and accomplishments as well as her canonization in 1988 and interest about and insight into her life from a variety of cultures.


  • 1818 - 2013


Language of Materials

Bulk of the collection is in English; there are also materials in French, Italian, Spanish, and Japanese.

Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Saint Philippine Duchesne

Saint Philippine Duchesne was born on August 29, 1769 in Grenoble, France. When she was 19 years old, she joined the convent of the Visitation and was educated by the sisters of the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary. However, in 1792 during the early years of the French Revolution, she saw the dispersion the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary and returned home to live with her family.

In 1804 she accepted an offer from Madeleine-Sophie Barat to merge her Visitation community with the newly-founded Society of the Sacred Heart. In 1818, Rose Philippine Duchesne went to America with a few other members of the Society. She arrived in New Orleans and traveled the Louisiana territory, ending in St. Charles, Missouri, near St Louis. Here she created a new house of the Sacred Heart Society in a log cabin, the first house of the Society ever built outside of France.

Saint Philippine Duchesne had a desire to work with the indigenous people in the region and in 1841 joined the Jesuits in establishing a school for the Potawatomi tribe in eastern Kansas. In 1842 she became ill and returned to St Charles, where she spent the last ten years of her life.

Rose Philippine Duchesne died on November 18, 1852, in St. Charles, Missouri. She was beatified in 1940 and canonized by Pope John Paul II on July 3, 1988.


3 Linear Feet (3 boxes + 3 oversize boxes, 4 video cassettes, 1 audio cassette)

Physical Location

RH MS 1305

Physical Location

RH MS Q376

Physical Location

RH MS R349, RH MS R522

Physical Location

RH Video 44

Physical Location

RH Cassette Tape 65

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, Beverly Boyd, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2012, 2014, and 2019.

Related Materials

Commission on the Status of Women. Outstanding Pioneer Woman award for Philippine Duchesne, RH MS P585.

Boyd, Beverly. Manuscript for Song of Mound City, RH MS 517

Wilkerson, Reverend. Slide presentation on St. Philippine Duchesne, RH PH P2793.

Wilkerson, Reverend. Frank Eschen narrating the life of Philippine Duchesne, RH Cassette Tape 66

Separated Materials

Foley, Leonard (ed.) Saint of the Day (St. Anthony Messenger Press, 1990) p.308, RH C11739.

Scott, Helen E. Edna St Vincent Millay, The Rebirth (Bristol Banner Books, 1992) p. 39, RH C11740.

Farmer, David Hugh. Oxford Dictionary of Saints - 3rd ed., (Oxford University Press, 1992) p. 137, RH B2731.

Penner, Mil. Exploring Kansas (Sounds of Kansas, 1996) p. 72, RH D9498.

Processing Information

Material previously located at RH MS Q63 was moved to RH MS Q376 and RH MS 1305.


Guide to the Saint Philippine Duchesne Collection
Beverly Boyd research on Philippine Duchesne
Finding aid prepared by imf, 2014. Finding aid encoded by imf, 2014. Finding aid revised by cmp, 2022, 2023.
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Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Beverly Boyd research on Philippene Duchesne, RH MS 1305, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States