Archive Holdings

The archives has preserved the official records of the Society of the Divine Word in the United States, including the records of the former Northern and Eastern Provinces. The first Divine Word Missionary landed on American shores in 1895. In 1913, the region became an official province of the Society of the Divine Word.

The archives houses both printed and non-printed materials that bring the religious congregation's history to life. The collection includes journals, periodicals and books published by the Society of the Divine Word from its beginnings in Steyl, Holland in 1875; personal papers and memoirs of Divine Word Missionaries; photographs; audio tapes; and memorabilia.

This material represents contributions from Divine Word Missionaries from around the world and, in particular, those who serve under-served populations in the United States, the Caribbean and Canada.

SVD Resource Center

The SVD Resource Center contains more than 900 books and articles written or published by the Society of the Divine Word from 1975 to the present. In addition, it has more than 1,500 scholarly reference books and books about missiology, Catholicism, vocations and the countries in which Divine Word Missionaries serve.

The resource center holds journals, newsletters, and magazines published by the Society of the Divine Word around the world and scholarly journals on religion and missions. To learn more about its holdings, check out On the Archives Shelf.

For more information about the timeline, contact the Office of Public and Media Relations at For general questions about the archives holdings, call (847) 753-7431 or write to