"Jaffna Bishop’s House Collection, Sri Lanka [1850-1930]"

The collection consists of manuscripts (with some printed documents) dated from 1850 to 1930. They relate the history of the missions or describe the day to day administrative and managerial activities of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate missionaries (O.M.I.). The French congregation of the O.M.I. was mandated by the British authorities in Sri Lanka, by mid nineteenth century, to reorganise the Catholic communities of the northern half of the island – whereas the southern half was attributed to the Jesuits. Except the few printed books, all the other documents (manuscripts) had been hand-written by the Missionaries. These manuscripts contain an average of 250 up to 750 pages each. Time to time some printed materials (paper-cuttings, circular letters..) are inserted. Most of the manuscripts were written in French, - but occasionally also in English, Tamil, and Sinhala. We have digitised 58 such manuscripts. Extent, format and physcial characteristics of original material: 21 files.

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  • 3. Account books

    Collection Ref: EAP700/1/3
    They present detailed explanations of the income and different expenses related to the missions, churches and cathedral, daily accounts of the expenditures on different chapters like school, orphanage, and charity.. Extent, format and physcial characterist ...
  • 5. Sermons and Commentaries [1850-1900]

    Collection Ref: EAP700/1/5
    5. Sermons and Commentaries: Contain preparatory copies for sermons, preaches for retreats, commentaries on Tamil writings. These writings are in French, often with Sinhala or Tamil terminology inside the French text. Extent, format and physcial characteri ...
  • 6. Printed documents [1897-1914]

    Collection Ref: EAP700/1/6
    6. Printed documents: Consist of three biographies and one draft act on marriage. Extent, format and physcial characteristics of original material: One volume of 266 folios. 13x20 cm Printed book. ...
  • 8. Statistics [1929]

    Collection Ref: EAP700/1/8
    Statistics: This record contains information on the members of the Diocese of Jaffna. Extent, format and physcial characteristics of original material: One volume of 190 folios. 16x20 cm size paged softbound manuscript. ...
  • "Account book [1936-1941] Mission de St James, Jaffna"

    File Ref: EAP700/1/3/5
    Account book. Income-Expenses, Mission de St James, Jaffna. Extent, format and physcial characteristics of original material: One volume of 267 folios. 22 x 38 cm size paged hardbound manuscript. ...
  • Account book [1847-1939]

    File Ref: EAP700/1/3/9
    Account book. Annual summary of the accounts with the general fund. Extent, format and physcial characteristics of original material: One volume of 404 folios. 24x38 cm size paged hardbound manuscript. ...
  • Account book [1921-1929]

    File Ref: EAP700/1/3/12
    Account book. Observations and accounts. Extent, format and physcial characteristics of original material: One volume of 77 folios. 5.5x27 cm size unpaged softbound manuscript. ...
  • Sermons [1860s]

    File Ref: EAP700/1/5/2
    Sermons copies & drafts. Sermons - Extracts & Lectures. Extent, format and physcial characteristics of original material: One volume of 240 folios. 21x33 cm size paged hardbound manuscript. ...
  • Statistics of the Diocese of Jaffna [1929]

    File Ref: EAP700/1/8/1
    Jaffna Diocese data. Statistics of the Diocese of Jaffna - 1929. List of the Church members, their vital statistics and functions, and the mission schools. Table of contents, images: 9-11. ...