"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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  • 1. Historical Relations [1850-1930]

    Collection Ref: EAP700/1/1
    1. Historical Relations: They constitute the major part of the digitised materials. They contain diverse types of information such as memoirs of missionaries or codices, on the evolution of the missions, the day to day life, with observations on economic a ...
  • 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. ...
  • Report on the churches in Mantotta [1850-1900]

    File Ref: EAP700/1/1/19
    Report. Report on the churches in Mantotta. Etymology of Tamil place names. General notes on Mantotta North and South, images: 281-285 . Extent, format and physcial characteristics of original material: One volume of 518 folios. 21x33 cm size paged hardbou ...
  • Account book [1913-1925]

    File Ref: EAP700/1/3/3
    Account book. Financial situation of the Diocese at the end of 1912. Sundy collections. Table of contents at the end of the book, image: 189. Extent, format and physcial characteristics of original material: One volume of 48 folios. 34x22 cm size unpaged s ...
  • "Accountancy book of Fr. Casenave, Point-Pedro [1883-1884]"

    File Ref: EAP700/1/3/7
    Accountancy book of Fr. Casenave, Point-Pedro. Extent, format and physcial characteristics of original material: One volume of 208 folios. 18 x 24 cm size unpaged hardbound manuscript. Author: Casenave. ...
  • "Account book [1872-1904] Churches of Navanthurai, Navalay, St James and...

    File Ref: EAP700/1/3/17
    Account book. Churches of Navanthurai, Navalay, St James and Suthumalai. Extent, format and physcial characteristics of original material: 3 files. ...
  • Commentaries from Tamil texts [19th Century]

    File Ref: EAP700/1/5/1
    Commentaries from Tamil texts. Information and review of Tamil books. Extent, format and physcial characteristics of original material: One volume of 725 folios. 21x33 cm size paged hardbound 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. ...