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Fondo Gesuitico Collegia


The inventory of Fondo Gesuitico Collegia (prepared by Pio Pecchiai in 1938-39) is available.

The series "Collegia" (16th to 18th centuries) refers to different institutions of the Society of Jesus across the world.

These include:

• Colleges (non-residential and residential) for the instruction of boys (bourgeois and noble, secondary level and university level)
• Professed houses
• Houses of formation for Jesuits
• Seminaries;
• Residences

The inventory is multilingual following the original title of the documents (Italian, Latin, Spanish, German, etc.).Where there was no title in the original document, a heading in Italian has been used.

The "Collegia" series is almost entirely digitalized. The digital version is based on conversion of microfilms with the ensuing technical limits. Hence reproduction requests will be processed only for an entire folder, not for single documents.


Indipetae (1583-1773) - Index  


The Indipetae were letters addressed by individual Jesuits to Father General requesting to be sent to work in the mission areas outside Europe. About 14,000 of these autograph letters (pre-1773) are held in ARSI. There are also Indipetae for the post-1814 era.  For an Index (for years 1583-1773) click here.


Fondo 'P. Jan Philip Roothaan SJ' (1785-1853) 


The fond comprises autograph materials, corrispondence and other documents pertaining to P. Jan Philip Roothaan SJ (1785-1853), XXI superior general of the Society of Jesus from 1829 to 1853.

The fond contains 1829 items conserved in 69 folders which are grouped in 16 containers. The Inventory presented here (it is in Italian) is in two volumes, containing the description of the documents, together with a third volume which is the Index. This arrangement in two volumes mirrors the internal structure of the fond: the first volume describe the sections ‘Vita e notizie biografiche’, together with ‘ Scritti filosofici, teologici, umanistici’; the second volume contains the section ‘Corrispondenza e miscellanea’.

The documentation spans the years from 1804, when P. Roothaan entered the Jesuit novitiate at Daugavpils (Dunaburg) in Latvia, to his death in 1853. It also includes some documents arising from the institutional activity of Roothaan as superior general of the Society of Jesus from 9 July 1829 to his death on 8 May 1853.

The fond includes documents up to 1945 added to the original materials in the course of numerous archival interventions. Thus the fond has the character of a ‘collection’, due to the work of P. Giuseppe Maria Manfredini SJ, personal secretary and biographer of Roothaan. In the second half of the 19 th century Manfredini gathered documents and testimonies to be used in preparing a biography of Roothaan.

Languages of the documents: Italian, Latin, German, Dutch, Greek, Polish, Spanish, French, Russian, Chinese (one document) and Hebrew (one document).

The fond has been digitized in its entirety.

ARSI acknowledges the generous support of the Father Roothaan Society in undertaking this project.

Vol. I Vita - Scritti filosofici

Vol. II Corrispondenza e miscellanea

Vol. III Indice


ARSI Chinese Collection


For the Chinese books in the Jap.Sin. I-IV collection, see:
Albert Chan, Chinese Books and Documents in the Jesuit Archives in Rome:
A Descriptive Catalogue: Japonica-Sinica I-IV
, New York: M.E. Sharpe, 2002.

The following book is digitalized:
• Jap. Sin. I-221 Hsi-yang tao hua-jen shu. Twenty folios. Chinese bamboo paper. No date (19th century )or place of publication. Five letters from the faithful of Ningpo in Chekiang. Click here

For additional information about this collection, with useful lists, see:
Ad Dudink, 'The Japonica-Sinica collections I-IV in the Roman Archives of the Society of Jesus:
An Overview', Monumenta Serica 50 (2002), pp. 481-536.

Some 100 texts of the collection have been published in a facsimile edition:
Nicolas Standaert 鐘鳴旦 & Ad Dudink 杜鼎克, Yesuhui Luoma dang'anguan MingQing tianzhujiao wenxian
Chinese Christian Texts from the Roman Archives of the Society of Jesus,
Taibei: Ricci Institute, 2002, 12 vols. ISBN 957-9390-16-9, in total 6786 pp.

Information about all the Christian sources from the Jap.Sin. collection can be found in the Chinese Christian Texts database (CCT-database):


A Guide to Jesuit Archives


Father Thomas McCoog SJ has published a useful book, A Guide to Jesuit Archives (St Louis, MO, 2001), that describes the collections of contemporary Jesuit archives all over the world, and how to contact them.

A Guide to Jesuit Archives A Guide to Jesuit Archives opens up and enhances research opportunities around the world for historians, linguists, theologians, anthropologists, philosophers, specialists in the natural and physical sciences, to name but a few areas in which this book will be of assistance. The Guide presents data on the official archives of the 90 provinces and independent regions of the Society of Jesus on every continent as well as data on the central or Roman Archives of the Society.
In response to a questionnaire of 18 items sent in five languages--English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish--the archivists of these collections responded with data on location (address, telephone fax, e-mail) historical background, conditions of use, acquisitions policies and a description of the nature and extent of the archival material in the repositories. All the data in response to questionnaire are presented in this book in English as well as in the languages in which the replies were originally sent.
A Guide to Jesuit Archives is the first joint publication of the Institutum Historicum Societatis Iesu (Rome) and the Institute of Jesuit Sources (St. Louls) and may be obtained from either entity. The American price is $20 (plus postage) and the European price Euros 22 (plus postage).

Borgo S. Spirito, 4
00193 Roma

The Institute of Jesuit Sources
3700 West Pine Boulevard
St. Louis, Missouri 63108

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