Zambian Mission

Repository: Irish Jesuit Archives

Identity Statement

TitleZambian Mission
Archive ReferenceIE IJA/MSSN/ZAM
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Dates1905-1987
Extent Medium8 boxes


Creator(s): Irish Jesuits

  • Administrative History ↴

    The Society of Jesus (Jesuits) is a religious order founded by Ignatius of Loyola and given papal approval in 1540. Jesuits have worked in Ireland since the sixteenth century. Since the formation of the Irish Province in 1860, Irish Jesuits have undertaken three main overseas missions (Australia, Hong Kong and Zambia). More than 120 Irish Jesuits have worked in Zambia. The Vice-Province of Zambia was formed in 1969 and the Province of Zambia and Malawi was established in 1992. The Irish Jesuits' work in Zambia is complemented by other Jesuit Provinces such as: Canada; Croatia; Oregon; Poland and Slovenia.
  • Archival History ↴

    Material sent back to the Irish Province and to the Irish Mission Office by Irish Jesuits in Zambia from the late 1940s onwards. Deposited at the Irish Jesuit Archives from the Irish Jesuit Provincialate (2001-2011).
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴

    Official Transfer

Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Irish Jesuits ↴

    The papers of the Zambian Mission chronicle the life and work of Irish Jesuits since their arrival, in what was then Northern Rhodesia, in 1947. The files of correspondence between Irish Jesuits working in Zambia and their Irish Provincials in Dublin illustrate the areas of work that they laboured in: parish work, education and development. Geographically, this took place in the southern part of the country and in the capital, Lusaka. The impact of the Irish presence is seen especially in Canisius High School and Charles Lwanga College of Education in Chikuni, the parishes in the Monze Diocese, and development projects around the diocese.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Accruals ↴

    Periodic accruals
  • Arrangement ↴

    Material has been catalogued on arrival (2001; 2004; 2007, 2011).

    The collection is arranged as follows:

    Papers of the Zambian Mission (1905; 1937-1987)
    A. History & Beginnings of the Chikuni Mission, Zambia (1905; 1945 – 1950)
    B. Publications relating to Zambia (1937-1965; 1987)
    C. Mission Personnel (1937-1948)
    D. Maps (1938-1959)
    E. General Administration (1947-1958)
    F. Correspondence (1951-1965)
    G. Photographs (1951-1967)
    H. Mission Residences (plans, finance) (1960-1964)

    Addenda to Papers of the Zambian Mission (1953-1981)
    A. House Histories, Visitations and Annual Letters (1953-1972)
    B. Consultors’ Letters and Evaluations (1964-1969)
    C. Correspondence between Irish Provincials & Superiors of the Chikuni Mission/Provincials of the Vice-Province of Zambia (1966-1981)
    D. Correspondence relating to Individual Members of the Society of Jesus (1969-1978)
    E. Finance (1959-1969)
    F. History of Zambia and the Irish Mission (1962-1969)
    G. Surveys and Formation (1965-1979)

    Addenda to Papers of the Zambian Mission (1971-1986)
    A. Correspondence between Irish Provincials and Provincials of the Vice Province of Zambia (1980-1985)
    B. Finance (1971-1986)

Conditions of Access & Use

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Creation Dates1905-1987
Extent Medium8 boxes
Material Language ScriptEnglish and Tonga
Finding Aids Descriptive list Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

Publication Note'Canisius College, Zambia', Jesuit Year Book, pp77-81, 1966. 'Salute to Zambia', Jesuit Year Book, pp20-25, 1965. Dunne, Catherine RSHM. “The Man Called James Corboy. Irish Jesuit Bishop of Monze, Zambia”. Dublin: Messenger Publications, 2012. Lane, Fr William SJ, “Jesuits in Zambia, 1880-1991”, 1991. Murphy, Edward P. SJ, ed. "A History of the Jesuits in Zambia: A Mission becomes a Province". Nairobi: Paulines, 2003. McRedmond, Louis. "To the Greater Glory: A history of the Irish Jesuits". Dublin: Gill & Macmillan, 1991. O’Holohan, Fr John SJ. “Tales of a missionary in Zambia”. Bethune, SC, USA: Requiem Press. 2005.

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteDamien Burke
Rules/ConventionsISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottawa: International Council on Archives, 2000. IGAD: Irish Guidelines for Archival Description. Dublin: Society of Archivists, Ireland, 2009. National Council on Archives: Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names. Chippenham: National Council on Archives, 1997.
Date of Descriptions42339