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Jesuit Educational Association records

Collection JA-2015-001: Jesuit Educational Association records


  • Creation: 1906 - 1986
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1936 - 1970


The records of the Jesuit Educational Association (JEA) document the organization, history, and goals of the Association and its members from its beginning in 1936 to its end in 1970. The records were produced and collected by the various commissions, conferences, executive offices, and institutions under or associated with JEA in the form of conference materials, correspondence, financial records, meeting minutes, news releases, photographs, reports, speeches, and surveys. Some materials regarding Jesuit education pre- and post-date the JEA.


Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research, except for the Series I, Subseries D Financial records, which is closed. Note that the collection is stored offsite and requires additional time for retrieval.

Conditions Governing Use

These materials are made available for use in research, teaching and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. The original authors may retain copyright to the materials.

Historical note

The Jesuit Education Association (JEA) was formed in 1934 to reconcile Jesuit standards in education with those of national and regional accreditation organizations; this need was highlighted by a 1932 report of the Association of American Universities report indicating that no Jesuit colleges could adequately prepare students for doctoral degrees. Wlodimir Ledochowski, SJ, the Jesuit General in Rome, called for the reorganization of Jesuit education in the United States, appointing Daniel M. O’Connell, SJ, as Commissarius to lead the reform through the JEA.

The first meeting of the JEA was in 1936 to coordinate the activities of the Jesuit high schools, colleges, and universities in the United States. O’Connell led the JEA in conducting surveys and extensive campus visits in the early 1930s. Drawing on his findings, the JEA divided its work into four principal subdivisions, called commissions: Commission on Colleges and Universities; Commission on Houses of Studies; Commission on Province Directors; and Commission on Secondary Schools.

Over the years, the JEA appointed additional commissions and conducted conferences and workshops to address virtually every aspect of teaching and administration. There was also extensive collaboration between the JEA and other Catholic and national educational organizations. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, as the JEA reorganized, Jesuit colleges and universities transformed their administrations by separate incorporation, or separation of the educational unit from the local Jesuit chapter.

The JEA was led by three presidents during its 36 years: Daniel M. O’Connell, SJ (1934-1937); Edward B. Rooney, SJ (1937-1966); and Paul C. Reinert, SJ (1966-1970). While Rooney led for the longest period, Reinert presided over the final years of the JEA, which dissolved in 1970, and oversaw the amendment of its constitution to provide for two successor organizations: the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) and the Jesuit Secondary Education Association (JSEA).


47.5 Linear Feet (43 containers)

Language of Materials



Records arranged in eleven series: I: Administrative files; II: Commissions; III: Committees; IV: Meetings and Events; V: Office of the President: Edward B. Rooney, S.J.; VI: Office of the Secretary; VII: Office of the Vice President; VIII: Other Jesuit and Catholic Educational Organizations; IX: Photographs; X: Provinces; and XI: Reports and Surveys. Many of these series have subseries, enumerated below.

Series I: Adminstrative files includes subseries for Annual reports to the Board of Govenors; Bulletins; Correspondence (of Edward B. Rooney, SJ and High Schools); Financial records; Functions of Offices and Administrative Groups; Goals of Jesuit Education; History of Jesuit Education; and Planning Incorporation, Expansion.

Series II: Commissions has the following subseries: Colleges and Universities; Houses of Studies; Province Directors; Secondary Schools; and Other commissions.

Series III: Committees has been divided between files relating to the Executive Committee and other committees.

Series IV: Meetings and Events has subseries for Meetings, which is further arranged by Alumni meetings, Annual meetings, Conferences, Institutes, Regional meetings, and Special Interest meetings. And another subseries, Workshops.

Series V: Office of the President: Edward B. Rooney, S.J. has the following subseries: Administrative; Articles and Speeches; Correspondence; and Travel.

Series VIII: Other Jesuit and Catholic Educational Organizations is arranged in these subseries: Jesuit High Schools; Jesuit Secondary Educational Association (JSEA); Commission on Planning and Development (COPAD); Jesuit Alumni Administrators (JAA); Jesuit Research Council of America (JRCA); National Catholic Education Association (NCEA); A Study of Jesuit Education; JEA of India, Sembagnor Seminar; and Inter-Province Committee on Studies.

Series X: Provinces includes subseries for: California; Chicago; Detroit; Maryland; Missouri; Montreal; New England; New Orleans; New York; Oregon; Philippines; Puerto Rico; Upper Canada; and Wisconsin.

Series XI: Reports and Surveys has 3 subseries: College Enrollment; High Schools; and Surveys.


Records deposited by the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in 1988.

Separated Materials note

This collection included published materials that have been transferred to the John J. Burns Library book collections.

Jesuit Educational Association Records
1906-1986 (Bulk, 1936-1970)
Matthew Messer, Luis Cardenas, Gabrielle Rowand, Kevin Marren, David Ellis, Philip S. Kiley, SJ, Michael Burns, and David Horn
September 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the John J. Burns Library Repository

John J. Burns Library
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill MA 02467 United States