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  • Title: Peter Masten Dunne, S.J. Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: 5600 DunP
    Contributing Institution: California Jesuit Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 8.625 Linear feet 20 boxes
    Date (bulk): 1930-1950
    Date (inclusive): 1889-1957
    Abstract: Peter Masten Dunne was a Jesuit priest, educator, and historian, known for his publications on the work of the Jesuits in northern colonial Mexico, from Tarahumara to Lower California and Arizona. A member of the California Province he served as chair of the History Department at the University of San Francisco, 1934-1957.
    Language of Materials note: Although English is the predominant language of the collection, Spanish is used extensively, and some Latin.


    Peter Masten Dunne (1889-1957) was born in San Jose, California and attended Santa Clara College, 1901-1906, then entering the Society of Jesus. He studied theology at the French seminary at Ore Place in Hastings, England, 1919-1923, where he was ordained in April 1921. After completing his Tertianship in Ohio, he served as Associate Editor of "America" magazine in New York City, 1924-1925. He taught History and English at Santa Clara University and at the Sacred Heart Novitiate, 1925-1930. He began his career as a professor of history at the University of San Francisco in 1931, completing his doctorate in philosophy at the University of California in 1934 under the direction of Herbert E. Bolton. He authored ten books and numerous articles on Jesuit mission activities in colonial Mexico and the New Southwest. He died in San Francisco 15 January 1957.

    Scope and Contents note

    The collection contains Jesuit Provincial’s curia and personnel files, correspondence, photographs, research notes and secondary material used in research. Personal items created during Dunne’s religious formation include a scrapbook, clippings, devotional writing, sermons, class notes, retreat presentations, teaching materials, and devotional items. Published and unpublished manuscripts of monographs and articles form the largest part of the collection.

    Preferred Citation note

    California Jesuit Archives, Santa Clara, CA.

    Access Terms

    Bolton, Herbert Eugene, 1870-1953
    Dunne, Peter Masten, 1889-1957
    Indians of Mexico -- Missions
    Jesuits -- California Province
    Jesuit historians
    Jesuits -- Mexico
    Jesuits -- Southwest, New
    Missions -- Mexico -- Baja California
    University of San Francisco