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Lawrence C. Braceland SJ Papers

Identifier: 01-exws_braceland

Scope and Contents

The papers of Father Braceland include photostats, photocopies and transcriptions of full manuscripts or leaves from texts held at the Vatican Library and other European libraries and archives, as well as photocopied excerpts of books that he used for his research. There are also handwritten translations and notes, as well as correspondence. The papers mostly relate to research Father Braceland undertook for his translations of and presentations on the works of Cistercians Aelred of Rievaulx, Gilbert of Hoyland, Serlo of Savigny and Serlo of Wilton.


  • Creation: 1974-1985
  • Other: Date acquired: 1995-03-15


Biographical / Historical

Father Lawrence C. Braceland, SJ (1912-1987) was a Canadian Jesuit who wrote on a variety of topics relating to the history of the Roman Catholic Church and produced translations of the works of several Cistercian fathers. Father Braceland entered the Society of Jesus as a novitiate at Ignatius College, Guelph in 1929 and was ordained as a priest in 1943. He attend Regis College in Toronto between 1933 and 1936, receiving a BA at Loyola in 1934 and Licentiate in Philosophy in 1936. He completed an MA in Classics at University of Toronto in 1939. He lectured in philosophy and classics at Regiopolis College and eventually became a professor at Ignatius College, Guelph between 1948 and 1963 where he also served terms as Librarian and Dean. In 1963, he was appointed Dean, Registrar and full-time professor at St. Paul's College, University of Manitoba.

After retiring from University of Manitoba in 1978, much his research was focused on translating the works of the Cistercian fathers, including Aelred of Rievaulx, Gilbert of Hoyland, Serlo of Savigny and Serlo of Wilton. His translations were published by Cistercian Publications. He also regularly presented papers at the Conference on Cistercian Studies, which takes place annually in Kalamazoo, Michigan along with the International Congress on Medieval Studies.


3 boxes

Language of Materials



Papers and research materials, including microfilms, of Father Lawrence C. Braceland, SJ, a Canadian translator and scholar of the fathers of Cistercian monasticism.

Physical Access Requirements

WMU Special Collections. Non-circulating. Contact department for access.

Source of Acquisition

Archivist at Upper Canada Province, Society of Jesus, Fr. Patrick J. Boyle, SJ.

Method of Acquisition


Physical Description

The Braceland papers are contained in three archival boxes (approximately, 1.5 linear feet).

Lawrence C. Braceland SJ Papers Finding Aid
Adam Carlson and Marca Hoyle
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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Special Collections Repository

Western Michigan University Libraries, Special Collections
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