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Janice McLaughlin Zimbabwe collection

Identifier: MSS 480 large

Scope and Contents

The collection consists largely of primary sources from 1958 to the 1990s, assembled between the 1970s and 1990s and used by Sister Janice McLaughlin, an American Catholic nun of the Maryknoll Sisters, for her book, On the Frontline: Catholic Missions in Zimbabwe's Liberation War. Harare: Baobab Books. 1996, and her dissertation, "The Catholic church and Zimbabwe's war of liberation :1972-1980", Thesis (D. Phil.)--University of Zimbabwe, 1991, on which the book was based. Includes original and copies of correspondence, internal reports, church diocesan newsletters, and other primary sources of the Catholic Church and other organizations, press clippings and BBC transcripts, Rhodesian government propaganda pamphlets, and materials by other organizations and individuals in Zimbabwe; and numerous handwritten transcripts of oral interviews with African nuns and others in rural mission stations. Also includes DVD recording of interview with Sister Janice, color photographs taken ca. 1998-99 at a camp for displaced people in Gorongoso Park, Central Mozambique, and other materials. Subjects include political violence, church affairs, and assessments of the political situation. Church correspondents and authors include Bishops Donal Lamont, A. Haene and Tobias Chiginya, Fathers J. Wyss, John Berrell, E. Fughe, E. Rojek, N. Gille, Anthony Gwatiringa, and others.


  • 1958-approximately 1990

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

The material is stored offsite in Remote Storage. Please contact Special Collections 3 working days in advance if you wish to use it.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For photocopy and duplication requests, please contact MSU Libraries Special Collections.

Biographical / Historical

Sister Janice McLaughlin went to Rhodesia in 1977 as press secretary for the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace after serving in Tanzania, and after investigating massacres and torture was imprisoned and deported later that year. After Zimbabwe gained independence in 1980, she returned in charge of the Zimbabwe Project for refugees, and worked as an education consultant. She also lived in Mozambique and in 1985 helped establish the Zimbabwe Mozambique Friendship Association, and returned to Zimbabwe in 1997 as training coordinator for Silveira House. She was elected President of the Maryknoll Sisters in 2008.


.8 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Sister Janice McLaughlin on August 20, 2015.
Finding Aid for the Sister Janice McLaughlin collection
Peter Limb and Lydia Tang
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections Repository

MSU Libraries
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East Lansing MI 48824 USA