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The Bishop Howard - Thomas More College Mendel Collection

The Bishop Howard - Thomas More College Mendel Collection contains documents located in the Diocese of Covington Archives as well as those that were preserved in Ottawa, Ontario, by Doctor Edward O. Dodson. The Collection contains forty-five copes of actual 19th Century documents, referred to hereafter as the primary documents. These cover the span of Mendel's entire life from a copy of his 1822 baptismal certificate to notices of his death in 1884. There are copes of his academic records, letters of recommendation attesting to his moral character, spiritual development, and teaching skills, notices of his ordination to the priesthood and of his election as abbot, invitations to participate in biological/botanical societies and events, plus some of his correspondence as Abbot of St. Thomas Abbey, including controversies with the Austrian Government.

Introduction to Bishop Howard - Thomas More College
Mendel Collection
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1. Sept. 12, 1834 copy of Mendel's baptismal record of July 20, 1822 (copied for his entrance into the k.k. Gymnasium in Troppau). (44) [80KB]
2. Feb. 12, 1838 copy of Mendel's vaccination certificate of June 11, 1823. (45) [35KB]
3. Mendel's academic record from Troppau, July 31, 1838. (46) [65KB]
4. Aug. 7, 1840 [Latin only] (47; Nr. 83) [47KB]
5. Frederich Franz to "Esteemed Sir Colleague," July 14, 1843, recommending Mendel and another student as candidates to the monastery. (53) [112KB]
6. Sept. 7, 1843 - [German only] (48) [15KB]
7. Abbot Napp to Bishop, Sept. 27, 1843, announcing reception of Mendel and three other into the Novitiate. (15.6; No. 392) [132KB]
8. Sept. 27, 1843 - [German only] (87; No. 396.) [25KB]
9. Mendel's religious profession as a brother, Dec. 6, 1846. [Latin only] (15.6b) [35KB]
10. Abbot Napp to Bishop, July 15, 1847, asking permission to ordain Mendel a subdeacon, deacon, and priest. (15.7; z.269) [109KB]
11. Abbot Napp to k. k. Landes - Prasidium, July 20, 1848 [1847], asking permission to ordain Mendel. (15.8; z.270) [100KB]
12. Bishop to Abbot Napp, July 21, 1847, assenting to Mendel's ordination. (15.9; 390) [92KB]
13. Mendel's exam grades 1846-1848, June 30, 1848. [Latin only] (15.10) [75KB]
14. Summary of Mendel's Academic career, 1834-1848. [In Latin and German] (Not numbered) [256KB]
15. Gov. Lasansky to Mendel, Sept. 28, 1849, appointing him as an assistant teacher at the Znaim Gymnasium. (16.11; Nr. 35338) [75KB]
16. Abbot Napp to Bishop, Oct. 4, 1849, affirming Mendel's appointment as assistant teacher. (16.11b; z.202) [71KB]
17. Ambrosious Spallek, Director of Znaim Gymnasium, April 10, 1850, commending Mendel's teaching skill and zeal. (16.13) [158KB]
18. Mendel's autobiography submitted April 17, 1850 at Znaim. [German and two English versions, the typed copy is from File of Rev. Libert de Waegenaere, Diocese of Covington Archives] (Not numbered) [629KB]
19. Znaim Faculty and Ambrosius Spallek to Mendel, May 25, 1850, attesting to his religious life and affirming his certificate of application. (16.12) [157KB]
20. Dr. Schindler of the Board of the k.k. Technical School in Brunn to Mendel, June 6, 1851, stating that the teacher has recovered and Mendel is no longer needed. (16.16; No. 211) [85KB]
21. Certificate for Travel for four years, Vienna-Brunn, Oct. 27, 1851, including Mendel's biographical information to date. (16.14; No. 249) [97KB]
22. National: Enumeration of Mendel's studies, 1852. (17) [98KB]
23. Report of the Zoological and Botanical Soc. Meeting in Vienna, 1853, at which Mendel reported on the attack of a butterfly larva. [in German and English] (19) [24KB]
24. Report of the Zoological and Botanical Soc. Meeting in Vienna, 1854, at which Mendel reported on a dangerous insect. (18) [54KB]
25. Anthony Mendel to Son (Gregor), Aug. 23, n.y., concerning Mendel's sister's wedding. (20) [86KB]
26. Abbot's permission for clergy, including Mendel, to join the Society for Perpetual Adoration at the Bishop's invitation, April 13, 1860. (21) [54KB]
27. Silesian Agriculture Society to Mendel, April 16, 1860, announcing his election as a judge for the plant exposition. (22; n. 51/g.s.) [120KB]
28. Tabulation of Votes showing Mendel's election as Abbot, March 30, 1868. [Latin only] (Not numbered) [47KB]
29. Report on Mendel's election and installation as Abbot, 1868 (23) [298KB]
30. Dean of Cathedral to Bishop, April 7, 1868, announcing Mendel's election as Abbot. (24) [92KB]
31. Bishop to Baron, April 14, 1868, announcing Mendel's election as Abbot. (25) [135KB]
32. Poche, m.p. to Bishop, May 3, 1868, announcing His Majesty's cognizance of Mendel's election. (26; Nro. 1803./pr.) [62KB]
33. Mendel to k.k. Administration, Jan. 31, 1870, asking cancellation of Religion Fund Payments due to the Monastery's hardships, especially under Prussian occupation in 1866. German: (43) English: (37) [855KB]
34. Dec. 1870 - [German only] (64) [73KB]
35. Itinerary of Mendel's trip to and from the Congress of German Cultivators of Bees in Kiel, Sept. 12-14, 1871. (27) [83KB]
36. Brunn, Oct. 25, n.y., listing Mendel's accomplishments and praising him as a priest and scientist. (28) [126KB]
37. "Read before the Chapter, " 1875, listing changes dividing services. (29) [63KB]
38. "Extract of one of Mendel's letters to the Governor's Office, " Nov. 1875, dissenting from state laws regarding churches. (30) [151KB]
39. Mendel to k.k. Administration, April 10, 1879, protesting coervice measures taken against him and monastery property. (42) [95KB]
40. June 1879 - [German only] (65) [54KB]
41. June 29, 1880 - [German only] (66); z.57) [69KB]
42. Aug. 16, 1882 - [German only ] (63) [94KB]
43. Bishop Bauer, Jan. 7, 1884, on Mendel's death. [Latin only] (30)  [83KB]
44. Declaration of Death of Mendel, Jan. 7, 1884. (32; 477 St. 76) [50KB]
45. Allocution of Bishop Bauer to the convention before the election, 1884. [Latin only] (31) [40KB]