Belvedere College, Dublin

Repository: Irish Jesuit Archives

Identity Statement

TitleBelvedere College, Dublin
Archive ReferenceIE IJA/SC/BELV
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Dates1865-2003
Extent Medium5 boxes


Creator(s): Irish Jesuits

  • Administrative History ↴

    After the restoration of the Society of Jesus in 1814, a Jesuit community took over the vacant Poor Clare convent in Hardwicke Street, Dublin. The establishment of St. Francis Xavier’s Church, Upper Gardiner Street in 1832 provided the Jesuits with the premises necessary to establish a school. St. Francis College was established at Hardwicke Street in 1832 however it proved to be too small for this emerging school. New premises were needed and Belvedere House, Great Denmark Street was bought in 1841. The Jesuits at Belvedere remained part of the Gardiner Street community until 1842, with total independence in 1847.
  • Archival History ↴

    Material deposited from the Provincialate over a number of years.
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴

    Official Transfer

Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Irish Jesuits ↴

    The papers of Belvedere College (St. Francis Xavier College) give an insight into the life of the school and the Jesuit community who lived there. These include prospectuses, some photographs of pupils, programmes of College theatricals, school administration, financial accounts, leases, property negotiations, daily life of Jesuits, building works and Belvedere College Union.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    All items retained permanently
  • Accruals ↴

    Periodic Accruals
  • Arrangement ↴

    The collection is arranged as follows:
    Papers of Belvedere College (1999)
    A. Annual Letters and Letters from Fr. General (1865-1868; 1912)
    B. Finances (1868-1964)
    C. Property (1879; 1934-1947)
    D. Historia Domus (1880-1883)
    E. Daily Life (1932-1960)
    F. Novices (1934&1947)
    G. Subjects and Examinations (1885; 1936-1945)
    H. Music Drama and Debating (1923-1946)
    I. Pupils ([] – 1946)
    J. Belvedere Newsboys’ Club (1940-1944)
    K. Anniversaries and History of the College (1941; 1946-1991)

    Addenda (2004)
    A. Buildings, Property and Finances (1962-1979)
    B. Consultors’ and Rectors’ Letters, Visitations (1960-1978)
    C. School Issues, Development and Staffing (1963-1992)
    D. Photographs (1971)
    E. Videos (2001-2004)

    Addenda (2012)
    A. School Administration (1979-2003)
    B. Jesuit Community at Belvedere College (1980-1998)
    C. Finance (1979-2002)

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions The Irish Jesuit Archives are open only to bona fide researchers. Access by advance appointment.
Conditions Governing ReproductionNo material may be reproduced without the written permission of the Archivist. Copyright restrictions apply. Photocopying is not available. Digital photography is at the discretion of the Archivist.
Creation Dates1865-2003
Extent Medium5 boxes
Finding Aids Descriptive List Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

Originals InformationBelvedere College maintains its own archives of material relating to the College. Contact: Belvedere College, Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1.
Publication NoteThe Belvederian (1906 - ) ‘Two centenaries', Irish Jesuit Directory and Year Book, pp124-128, 1932. Bowman, John and O’ Donoghue, Ronan (editors). “Portraits: Belvedere College 1932-1982”. Dublin: Gill and MacMillan, 1982. Murphy, Oliver (ed.). “The Cruel Clouds of War”. Dublin: Argus Press, 2003. Scantlebury, Fr Charles SJ. ‘Belvedere House 1841-1941’, Irish Jesuit Directory and Year Book, pp188-192, 1941.

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteDamien Burke, 1999, 2004 and 2012.
Rules/ConventionsIGAD: Irish Guidelines for Archival Description. Dublin: Society of Archivists, Ireland, 2009. ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottowa: International Council on Archives, 2000. National Council on Archives: Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names. Chippenham: National Council on Archives, 1997. Irish Guidelines for Indexing Archives. Dublin: Archives and Records Association, Ireland, 2013.
Date of Descriptions41518