Welcome to The Academy of American Franciscan History!

The Academy of American Franciscan History is a research institute affiliated with the Franciscan School of Theology in Oceanside, California.

We are dedicated to the encouragement of the study of the Franciscan Order in the Americas primarily through the publication of monographs, documents, a scholarly journal, as well as sponsoring seminars, conferences, and public lectures.

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Since its founding in 1943, the Academy has published over forty volumes, all dealing with the history of the Franciscans in the Americas. Its publications include numerous monographs on topics of American Franciscan history as well as definitive editions of the writings of American Franciscan missionaries, such as Junípero Serra, Fermín Francisco de Lasuén, Francisco Palóu, Toribio de Motolinía, and others. Follow this link to the Bookstore.

The Academy’s quarterly journal, The Americas, has been one of the leading journals of Latin American History since its inception in 1944. It publishes articles and reviews books on the history of all geographical regions of the Americas throughout their rich history. The editorial offices are located in the Department of History at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

In 1989 the Academy moved from Washington, D.C., to Berkeley, Calif. The Academy is part of the Franciscan School of Theology, once part of the Graduate Theological Union. The new location affords scholars ready access to the extensive holdings of the Bancroft Library of the University of California. In 2013, the Franciscan School of Theology moved to Oceanside, Calif., and is now housed on the campus of Mission San Luis Rey. This means that the Mission Archives of Old Mission Santa Barbara are only a few hours away.

The Academy Library is divided into two sections: The collection of books, periodicals and reference works [approximately 10,000 volumes in all] is presently housed in the Washington Theological Union, near Takoma Park, in the District of Columbia. The rare books, manuscripts, Tibesar pamphlet collection, and photoreproductions [microfilm and photocopies] held by the Academy are housed in Berkeley.

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Previously Published Books

Nahua Confraternities in Early Colonial Mexico: the 1552 Nahuatl Ordinances of

Fray Alonso de Molina, OFM

 

Franciscan Presence in the Americas (1492-1900)

Essays on the Activities of the Franciscan Friars in the Americas

Edited by Francisco Morales, OFM. Potomac, MD, 1983.   

 

The Americas cumulative index Volumes I-XX

Edited by Jane Herrick. Washington, DC, 1967.

 

A Bio-bibliography of Franciscan Authors in Colonial Central America

Eleanor B. Adams, Washington, DC, 1953.    

 

2008 Inventario del Fondo Francisco del Museo de Antropologia e Historia de Mexico, Volume II     

Francisco Morales, OFM. Mexico, 2008.

 

The Americas cumulative index Volumes I-XX

Edited by Jane Herrick. Washington, DC, 1967.

 

Hispanic Catholicism in Transitional California: The Life of Jose Gonzalez Rubio OFM (1804-1875)

Michael Charles Neri. Berkeley, CA, 1997.

 

Writings of Fermin Francisco de Lasuen

Translated and edited by Finbar Kenneally, OFM. Washington, DC, 1965.

 

2003 Sahagun at 500: Essays on the Quincentenary of the Birth of Fr. Bernardino de Sahagun

Edited by John F. Schwaller

 

After the Year Eighty ” the Demise of Franciscan Power in Spanish New Mexico

Jim Norris. In cooperation with the University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, NM, 2000.

 

Formative Years of the Missionary College of Santa Cruz, Queretaro: 1683-1733

Michael B. McCloskey, OFM. Washington, DC, 1955.        

 

Vasco de Quiroga and his Pueblo-Hospitals of Santa Fe

Fintan B. Warren, OFM. Washington, DC  1963.

 

Fermin Francisco de Lasuen (1736-1803): A Biography

Francis F. Guest, OFM. Washington, DC, 1973

 

To Toil in That Vineyard of the Lord: Contemporary Scholarship on Junipero Serra

Edited by Rose Marie Beebe and Robert M. Senkewicz

 

Guia del Archivo Franciscano de la Biblioteca Nacional de Mexico

Ignacio del Rio, with Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexido, Mexico, 1975

 

2010 The Power of Song: Music and Dance in Mission Communities of Northern New Spain                

Kristin Mann

 

The California Recollections of Augustias de la Guerra Ord

 

A Spanish Frontier in an Enlightened Age:

Franciscan Beginnings in Sonora and Arizona, 1767-1770

Kieran McCarty, OFM, Washington, DC, 1981

 

Cronica de los Colegios de Propaganda Fide en la Nueva Espana

Fray Isidro Felix de Espinosa, OFM. Ed. Lino G. Canedo, OFM. Second Edition. Madrid, 1964.

 

Junipero Serra and the Northwestern Mexican Frontier (1750-1825)

Studies presented at the Chicago Serra Program

Edited by Antonine Tibesar, OFM

Reprinted from TAm Vol. XLI, No. 4 (April, 1985)     

Life of Fray Antonio Margil, OFM

Eduardo Enrique Rios. Trans. Benedict Leutenegger, OFM. Washington, DC, 1959.

 

Zumarraga and his Family: Letters to Vizcaya 1536-1548,

A Collection of Documents in Relation to the Founding of a Hospice in His Birthplace

Edited by  Richard Greenleaf. Translated by Neal Kaveny, OFM. Washington, DC, 1979.

 

Ethnic and Social Backgrounds of the Franciscan Friars in Seventeenth Century Mexico

Francisco Morales, OFM. Washington, DC, 1973

 

Writings of Mariano Payeras

Translated and edited by Donald Cutter. In cooperation with Bellerophon Books, Santa Barbara, CA, 1995.

 

Motifs of Franciscan Mission Theory in Sixteenth Century New Spain

Edwin Edward Sylvest, Jr. Washington, DC 1975.      

A Guide to Nahuatl Language Manuscripts held in United States’ Repositories

John Frederick Schwaller. Berkeley, CA, 2001.  

 

The Apostolic Chronicle of Juan Domingo Arricivita: The Franciscan Mission Frontier

in the 18th Century in Arizona, Texas and the Californias

Translated by  George P. Hammond & Agapito Rey. Ed. Vivian C. Fisher. Berkeley, CA, 1996.

 

The Inquisition in Colonial Latin America: Selected Writings of Richard E. Greenleaf

Edited by James D. Riley, 2010

 

Junipero Serra Studies

Antonine Tibesar, OFM

 

Writings of Junipero Serra

Edited by Antonine Tibesar,  OFM Washington, DC, 1955

 

United States Documents in the Propaganda Fide Archives: A Calendar. Volume 3

Finbar Kinneally et al, eds. Washington, DC

 

United States Documents in the Propaganda Fide Archives: a Calendar. Volume 8

Finbar Kinneally et al, eds. Washington, DC

 

United States Documents in the Propaganda Fide Archives: a Calendar. Volume 9

Finbar Kinneally et al, eds. Washington, DC

 

United States Documents in the Propaganda Fide Archives: a Calendar. Volume 10

Finbar Kinneally et al, eds. Washington, DC

 

United States Documents in the Propaganda Fide Archives: a Calendar. Volume 11

Finbar Kinneally et al, eds. Washington, DC

 

2001 United States Documents in the Propaganda Fide Archives: a Calendar. Volume 12

Edited by Finbar Kinneally et al, Washington, DC

 

United States Documents in the Propaganda Fide Archives: a Calendar

Index to Vols 1-7

Contact the Academy

Academy of American Franciscan History
4050 Mission Ave.
Oceanside CA 92057
(760)547-1800

Dr. Jeffery M. Burns, Director
acadafh@fst.edu

Dr. John F. Schwaller
jfschwaller@gmail.com

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