Guides to Collections and Background Reading

‘The paper religious order’: an introduction to the Archivum romanum societatis iesu [PDF]

by Simon Ditchfield

Six scans related to the talk, all image JPG files:

[1] | [2] | [3] | [4] | [5] | [6]


The Roman Jesuit Archives [PDF]

The Roman Jesuit Archives (Archivum Romanum Societatis Jesu – ARSI) are the archives of the general government of the Society of Jesus. Situated in Rome in the General Curia of the Order, their purpose is to preserve, to put in order, and to make available for research the documents related to the general government of the Society of Jesus and its activities from the beginning of its history in the sixteenth century up to the present day.


Guide to Documents Relating to French and British North America in the Archives of the Sacred Congregation “de Propaganda Fide” in Rome, 1622-1799 [PDF]

by Luca Codignola


“La documentation d’histoire missionaire dans le «Fondo Gestuitico» aux Archives Romaines de la Compagnie de Jesus” [PDF]

by Edmond Lamalle, S.J.


Ditchfield, Simon – “How not to be a counter-reformation saint” [PDF]

by Simon Ditchfield


“The Activity of Irish Priests in the West Indies 1638-1669” [PDF]

by Matteo Binasco

This paper seeks to analyse the activity of Irish Catholic priests in the West Indies between 1638 and 1669. Demonstrating how Irish missionary activity was, from the beginning, hampered by the paucity of resources, inconsistency in the number of missionaries deployed, and lack of cooperation with other religious orders. Furthermore it investigates the missionary strategy conceived by the Irish priests and the way in which they portrayed the West Indies to the Roman authorities of the papal curia.


PARES, Portal de Archivos Españoles (Spanish Archive Gateway):

Introductory Research guides:

CRESPO, Carmen: Guía del Archivo Histórico Nacional, Madrid : Ministerio de Cultura. D.L. 1988
Peña y Cámara, José María de la: Archivo General de Indias de Sevilla : guía del visitante, Valencia : Dirección General de Archivos y Bibliotecas, 1958.

ÁLVAREZ PINEDO, Francisco Javier y RODRÍGUEZ DE DIEGO José Luis: The archives of Spain. Simancas, Madrid: Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte, 2000. 291 pp.


Propaganda Fide

For initial orientation see:

– Codignola, Luca. Guide to Documents Relating to French and British North America in the Archives of the Sacred Congregation “de Propaganda Fide”, 1622-1799 (Ottawa: National Archives of Canada, 1991).
Available at: [PDF]

– Kowalsky, Nikolaus, OMI, and Josef Metzler, OMI. Inventory of the Historical Archives of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples or “de Propaganda Fide” (Roma: Pontificia Universitas Urbaniana, 1988), 3rd edition.

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