chapter  III
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III.10 Catholic missionary texts

ByANANYA CHAKRAVARTI

The embattled church in this period, however, also extended its reach beyond Europe. The archive of this expansion is both vast and far-flung: in Rome, the holdings of the Congregazione di Propaganda Fide, to which many missionaries reported from across the world, remain woefully underutilized. In Portugal, France and Spain, beyond national archives, historians may mine lesser-known holdings such as the Vanves Jesuit archives or the Academia das Ciências in Lisbon, comprising the library of a former Franciscan convent. State archives of former colonies such as Goa, as well as specialized collections such as the Huntington, the John Carter Brown and the Newbury libraries in the US, devoted to the colonial Americas, contain significant missionary collections.