Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Mary Elizabeth Clovis Lange (c. 1784-1882)
MSA SC 3520-13580


Archival Sources -

Searched through: MARYLAND INDEXES (Naturalizations, Index) 1777-1917 [MSA S1415-3]; and MARYLAND INDEXES (Naturalizations, Index) 1777-1917 [MSA S1415-9] for information pertaining to the immigration and naturalization of Annette and/or Elizabeth Clovis Lange.  No records found.

Searched through: BALTIMORE COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS (Administration Docket),1835-1840 [MSA CM130-10]; BALTIMORE COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS (Wills, Index), 1664-1908 [MSA CM189]; and BALTIMORE COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS (Inventories Index), 1810-1838 [MSA WK1096-2] for information pertaining to Annette Lange, d. 3 July 1837.  No records found.

Searched through: BALTIMORE CITY REGISTER OF WILLS (Estate Docket), 1879-1882 [MSA CM195-10] for information pertaining to Mother Mary Elizabeth Lange, d. 3 February 1882.  No records found.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY, SENATE (Journal of Proceedings), 1866, MdHR , L3121, (2/1/8/7).

BALTIMORE CITY HEALTH DEPARTMENT, BUREAU OF VITAL STATISTICS (Death Record) Mary Elizabeth Lange, 3 February 1882 [MSA CM1132-18]

Newspaper and Journal Articles -

"Death of a Venerable Superior." The Baltimore Sun, 4 February 1882

Cosgrove, Joseph. "Heroine of the Church: Mother Lange's Contribution to Maryland and the Archdiocese." The Catholic Review, 13 March1991.

Ercolano, Patrick. "Baltimore Nun Advocated for Catholic Sainthood." The Evening Sun, 25 April 1991

Rae, Shelly. "Sainthood for Mother Lange?" Afro-American, 27 April 1991

Greene, Deborah I. "Plans to Seek Sainthood for Black Nun Bring Joy to Order she Founded in 1829." The Baltimore Sun, 29 April 1991.

Pipkin, Kate. "Mother Lange Decree is First Step Toward Petition for Sainthood." The Catholic Review, 1 May 1991.

Smith, Linell. "Oblate Sisters Served God by Teaching Black Children." The Baltimore Sun, 20 February 1994.

"Mother Lange Memorial Room a Reality!" The Lange Letter, April 1995.

McCraven, Marilyn. "A Saint from East Baltimore?" The Baltimore Sun, 8 October 1995.

Storm, Dean. "Waiting for a Miracle." Baltimore Magazine, June 1997.

Chalkley, Tom. "Charmed Life: Soul Sister." The Baltimore City Paper, 1 December 1999.

Rasmussen, Frederick N. "Order of Black Nuns Founded in 1829." The Baltimore Sun, 12 February 2000.

Stiehm, Jamie. "Nun's Tribute is 171 Years in the Making." The Baltimore Sun, 14 February 2000.

"Monument Dedicated to Mother Mary Lange, Oblate Sisters of Providence Unveiled." Baltimore Times, 18-24 February 2000.

Wilson, Kimberly A.C. "175 Years Remembered." The Baltimore Sun, 7 December 2002.

Rivera, John. "A Saintly Undertaking on Founder's Behalf." The Baltimore Sun, 5 February 2003.

Brewington, Kelly. "A Sisterhood of Faith." The Baltimore Sun, 27 June 2004.

Burris, Joe. "The Faithful: The Oblate Sisters Celebrate the Life of Founder Mother Mary Lange and Another Step Ttoward Her Canonization." The Baltimore Sun, 2 February 2005.

Dyer, Ervin. "City of Motherly Love: Baltimore Remembers Mother Mary Lange, Founder of Order of Black Nuns." The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 22 May 2005.   Article available online at:

Books -

Breslaw, Elaine G. and Joan A. Andersen. "Elizabeth Clovis Lange, c1784-1882: Black Religious Leader." Notable Maryland Women, Ed. Helmes Winifred G. Cambridge: MD: Tidewater Publishers, 1977. 208-214.

Garraty, John A. and Mark C. Carnes, Ed. American National Biography. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.

Stegman, Carolyn B. Women of Achievement in Maryland History. Maryland: Anaconda Press, 2002.

On-line Sources -

Sister Elizabeth Ann, S.J.W. "Elizabeth Clovis Lange, Mother Mary Elizabeth: Foundress of the Oblate Sisters of Providence, c. 1784-1882." Catholic Heritage Curricula, 2001.

Diggs, Louis. "Biography of Mother Mary Elizabeth Lange, O.S.P." Louis Diggs, 10 October 2002.

"Elizabeth Clarisse Lange (aka Mother Mary)." The National Black Catholic Congress, 2003.

"Mother Mary Elizabeth Lange." Archdiocese of Baltimore, 2004.

"History." St. Frances Academy, n.d.

"Our History." The Oblate Sisters of Providence, n.d.

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