Clongowes Wood College was bought by the Jesuits in 1814 at the cost of £16,000. In 1886, the Jesuit-run St. Stanislaus College, Tullabeg, county Offaly, was amalgamated with Clongowes Wood College. The school is dedicated to St. Aloysius of Gonzaga and is twinned with Portora Royal School, Enniskillen.
Archival History ↴
Material deposited from the Provincialate over a number of years.
Immediate Source Acquisition ↴
Content & Structure
Scope & Content: Irish Jesuits ↴
The papers of Clongowes Wood College in the main relate to the Jesuit community who lived there with a small amount of material on the College. This includes correspondence, maps, booklets and pamphlets, photographs, and articles on issues such as: the history of Clongowes Wood College (; 1809-1981); the Jesuit community – general administration, customs, finances, house histories and annual letters (1816-1989); College – prospectus, fees, pupils, sodalities, examinations, timetables and subjects, debating society, dramatics, teaching staff (1820-1964); photographs – chapels, students, community, exterior & interior, teaching staff (188[ ]-1977).
Appraisal Destruction ↴
All items retained permanently
Material catalogued in 2000, 2006 and 2010
Conditions of Access & Use
The Irish Jesuit Archives are open only to bona fide researchers. Access by advance appointment. Further details: www.jesuitarchives.ie
Conditions Governing Reproduction
No 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.
Clongowes Wood College maintains its own archives. Contact: Clongowes Wood College, Clane, county Kildare.
The Clongownian (1895-)
The Clongowes Union Centenary Chronicle (1997)
Corcoran, Fr. Timothy SJ. “The Clongowes Record 1814-1932”, Dublin:1932.
Costello, Peter. “Clongowes Wood: A history of Clongowes Wood College 1814-1989”. Dublin: Gill and MacMillan, 1989.
‘A visit to Clongowes in 1840’ (taken from 1844), Irish Jesuit Directory and Year Book, pp180-185, 1937.
MacCarthy SJ, Fr Donal. ‘Clongowes Wood College’, Irish Jesuit Directory and Year Book, pp132-144, 1933.
'Clongowes - 150 years 1814-1964’, Jesuit Year Book, pp5-18, 1965.
Descriptive Control Area
Damien Burke, 2000, 2006 and 2010
IGAD: 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