Beverly Boyd Research on Philippine Duchesne
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
- Boyd, Beverly, 1925- (Compiler, Person)
Language of Materials
English; French; Italian; Spanish; 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)
RH MS 1305
RH MS Q376
RH MS R349
RH Video 44
RH Cassette Tape 65
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gifts, Beverly Boyd, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2012, 2014.
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.
- Guide to the Saint Philippine Duchesne Collection
- Beverly Boyd Research on Philippine Duchesne
- Finding aid prepared by imf, 2014
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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 Libraries.