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Guide to the China Mission of the California Province of the Society of Jesus Records 1305 ChiM
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Box 1-4

Correspondence and Documents from Provincial Files

Scope and Contents

Correspondence and documents relating to the establishment and administration of the China Mission from the California Province office, 1925-1957, are contained in this series. Included are Apostolic letters which establish the Vicariates of Yangzhou for the California Province and Haizhou for the French Province in 1949. Letters and reports to Father Provincial from individual missionaries are foldered and filed by year.

Access Terms

Names of individuals related to the activity of the China Mission not included in Series II. Personnel, pre-1957:
Berdach, Dr. Otto
Brellinger, Leopold, S.J., 1893-1967
Charvet, Henry P., S.J., 1907-1982
Corcoran, Albert C., S.J., 1909-2000
Fernandez Crespo, Ioseph (Yeronides F.), S.J.,
Curran, Francis J., S. J., b.1916
Curran, Morgan J., S.J., 1914-1994
Dailey, Robert H., S. J., 1913-1995
Desautels, Jean, S. J.
Dunne, George H. (George Harold), 1905-1998
Fox, Francis J., S.J., 1921-1989
Haouisée, Auguste, S.J., 1877-1948
Henry, Yves, S.J.
Lacretelle, Fernand, S.J., 1902-1989
Ledochowski, Wlodmir, 1866-1942
Lefebvre, Pierre, S.J., 1885-1955
Lynch, Cornelius, S.J., 1904-1990 Maher, Zacheus, S.J., 1882-1963 Marin, George, S.J., 1895-1956
Meagher, Richard B., S.J., 1909-1989
Menager, Gabriel M., S.J., 1887-1966
Moholy, John Ralph, S.J., 1913-1997
Murphy, Edward J., S.J.,1912-2005
Oliger, Philip J., S.J., 1904-1986
Ricard, Albert J., S.J., 1883-1944
Seeliger, Francis J., S.J., 1893-1962
Yu, Pin, 1901-1978
Box 4-65

Personnel, pre-1957

Historical Note

The lives of the fifty-five Jesuits who served in the California Mission are reflected in the personal papers, records, publications, and some realia held by the California Province Archives.

Access Terms

Brennan, John J., S.J., 1914-2008
Brown, Ralph H., S.J., 1914-1969
Carroll, Thomas D., S.J., 1909-1964
Clifford, Daniel P., S.J., 1911-1986
Clifford, John W., S.J., 1917-1984
Dahlheimer, John J., S.J.,1924-1992
Deward, Ralph J., S.J., 1908-1993
Donohoe, George V., S.J., 1921-1971
Donohoe, Joseph B., S.J., 1915-1991
Dowd, Louis J., S.J., 1911-1990
Fahy, Eugene E., S.J., 1911-1996
Falvey, Mark A., S.J., 1897-1975
Farmer, Francis X., S.J., 1877-1970
Finnegan, James E., S.J., 1902-1992
Fitzgerald, Edmund L., S.J., 1908-1970
Fitzgerald, Stanislaus, S.J., 1898-1985
Foley, Frederick J., b.1917
Gatz, Joseph I., S.J., 1896-1967
Gordon, John J., S.J., 1912-1995
Houle, John A., S.J., 1914-1997
Kearney, James F., S.J., 1896-1967
King, Joseph F., S.J., 1900-1986
Klaeser, Albert V., S.J., 1918-1990
Klement, William, S.J., 1906-1994
Korn, Thomas H., S.J., 1914-1953
Le Sage, Wilfred J., S.J., 1907-1980
Lennon, John A., S.J., 1887-1948
Lipman, John K., S.J., 1904-1978
Magner, John F., S.J., 1902-1975
McCarthy, Charles J., S.J., 1911-1991
McGreal, Leo P., S.J., 1890-1957
Meagher, Richard B., S.J., 1909-1989
Moore, Pius L., S.J., 1881-1950
Murphy, Edward J., S.J., 1912-2005
O'Brien, Paul W., S.J., 1908-2001
O'Farrell, John J., S.J., 1905-1983
O'Hara, Albert R., S.J., 1907-1983
O'Leary, William S., S.J., 1914-1948
Palm, John Baptist, S.J., 1914-2009
P'an, Jerome, S.J., b. 1925
Phillips, Thomas S., S.J., 1904-1968
Pope, Gerald J., S.J., 1908-1980
Rouleau, Francis A., S.J., 1900-1984
Ryan, William D., S.J., 1913-1994
Shaules, Patrick R., S.J., 1914-2003
Simons, Charles D., S.J., 1901-1940
Thornton, James E., S.J., 1910-1993
Wong, George B. (Huang Hua Quan), S.J., 1918-2001

Scope and Contents

This series contains the personal papers and Provincial files of many California Jesuits who served in the China Mission, 1928-1957, and form the bulk of the collection. Several others have stand alone collections of their personal papers, including: George Dunne, S.J. and Edward Malatesta, S.J. Materials include correspondence, newsletters written for supporters of the China Mission, published and unpublished manuscripts, photographs, transcripts of audiotapes, educational and devotional writings, among others. The materials reflect details of the historical and religious context in China where the Jesuits studied and toiled for the Catholic community in Shanghai, Beijing, Nanjing, and other cities.
Box 66

Later Personnel 1958-2009

Scope and Contents

This series contains information on California Jesuits who served as missionaries in the Far East Province which later became the China Province. Materials include individual newsletters that each Jesuit sent home to his supporters, as well as correspondence, articles and clippings, and some personnel documents.

History Note

In 1957 the last two California Jesuit missionaries, Charles McCarthy and John Houle, were released from prison and expelled from mainland China. Mission personnel and activities were moved elsewhere in the Far East. The Far East Province of the Society of Jesus was formed in 1958 under Father Provincial Joseph Oñate. Many California Jesuits remained in the missions and were joined by new men primarily in the Philippines and Formosa/Taiwan, as well as Thailand, Vietnam, and Korea.

Access Terms

Aherne, Gregory, S.J., 1926-2009
Chevedden, James N., S.J., 1948-2004
Conn, Francis W., S.J., 1936-1995
Cunningham, Robert W., S.J., 1922-
Donnelly, Terrence M.
Douglass, Christopher
Hanson, Eric
Martinson, George G.(Jerry), S.J., 1942-
Martinson, Keith B.(Barry), S.J., 1945-
Reed, J. David, S.J., 1933-2002
Ronald, Robert J., S.J., 1932-2009
Ross, Daniel G., S.J., 1933-
Sullivan, William J.
Thylstrup, Edward J., S.J. 1934-
Van Etten, David T.
Welsh, Charles A., S.J., 1934-
Box 66-67


Scope and Contents

The bulk of this series consists of documents from the China Mission History Project assembled by John Dahlheimer, S.J. in the 1960s. Portrait sketches of California missionaries serving in Taiwan and the Philippines and brief documentation of mission activity in the Far East in the 1960s and 1970s are also contained here. Additionally there is a small collection of artifacts, mainly from the 1940s mainland China.