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The Fr. Christopher K. Kandakai Collection, 1928-2011

Electronic finding aid encoded by Megan MacDonald

Project funding came in part from the Cooperative Africana Materials Project and Title VI National Resource Centers for Africa, administered by the Center for Research Libraries.

Summary Information

Repository
Liberian Collections
Indiana University
504 North Fess Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47408
Phone: (812) 856-0782
Email: liberia@indiana.edu
http://www.onliberia.org

Creator
Christopher K. Kandakai

Title
The Fr. Christopher K. Kandakai Collection , 1928-2011

Collection No.
LCP2011/05

Extent
10 cubic feet; 10 records cartons

Language
Materials are primarily in English and Vai.

Abstract
A student of Cuttington College, Fr. Christopher K. Kandakai became an ordained Epsicopal priest in 1951. He was Liberia's longest serving Episocpal priest and served as rector and priest-in-charge of many Episcopal churches in Liberia and trained many Episcopal theologians. Additionally, Kandakai was an avid linguist who translated the New Testament into both Gola and Vai languages. This collections contains materials pertaining to the Episcopal Church as well as to adult education and linguistics. A large selection of his materials are written in Vai, only one of two African languages with an original script, unrelated to Latin or Arabic.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research

Biographical Note

Pending

Arrangement

The Fr. Christopher K. Kandakai Collection is organized into six series:
  • Education
  • Episcopal Church
  • Government and Politics
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Programs and Announcements
  • Subject Files
.

Scope and Content

The Fr. Christopher K. Kandakai Collection spans the period from 1928-2011 and is organized into six series: Education, Episcopal Church, Government and Politics, Language and Linguistics, Programs and Announcements , and Subject Files.

The Education series contains materials from various schools and missions thoughout Liberia, including the University of Liberia and Cuttington College. Also within this series is the Adult Education subseries which contains reports and correspondence from a number of Liberian adult education associations.

The Episcopal Church series has correspondence, financial information and reports pertaining to the Episcopal Church. Also included in this collection are many religious newsletters, magazines, and newspapers. A major subseries is the Diocesan Conventions which span the years from 1954-2003.

Government and Politics includes materials from the three branches of the Liberian government as well as materials on the Constitutional Advisory Assembly.

Language and Linguistics contains reports, correspondence and other materials from different language programs in Liberia. It is within this series that all of the Vai materials are housed; this includes teaching materials, booklets and extensive manuscripts from Kandakai's bible translations.

The Programs and Announcements series is a lengthly series that includes funeral and wedding programs, Liberia Official Gazette death announcements, life sketches and other religious and non-religious programs. A complete list of individuals who have a funeral program in this collection can be obtained by contacting the staff at the Liberian Collections at Indiana University.

The Subject Files series contains miscellaneous materials that couldn't easily be housed in other series. These include non-religious newsletters and magazines, invitations, personal materials, conference materials, reports and correspondence. Fr. Kandakai was an elaborate notetaker who documented his daily musings, sermon ideas, thoughts and feelings in notebooks, on scrap paper and on any other surface he could find. All of these notes have been kept together and put into a subseries within this series. They are arranged chronologically when possible but most of the notes are undated.

  • Indexing Terms

  • The following terms have been used to index this collection.

    • Names
    • Kandakai, Christopher
    • American Bible Society
    • Cuttington College and Divinity School
    • Episcopal Church
    • Institute for Liberian Languages
    • Liberia. Dept. of Education
    • University of Liberia
    • Places
    • Liberia
    • Topics
    • Adult education
    • Missions--Liberia
    • Vai

Administrative Information

User Restrictions
All research at the Liberian Collections Project is by appointment only. See collection Guidelines for further information about photocopy requests and permissions for publication: http://www.onliberia.org/access.htm
Preferred Citation
[item], Fr. Christopher Kandakai Collection, Bloomington, IN: Liberian Collections, Indiana University Libraries, 2012
Copyright Transferred
Copyright interests for this collection have been transferred to the Trustees of Indiana University. For more information, contact the Indiana University Liberian Collections
Processing Information
Processed by Megan MacDonald

Completed in 2012.


Series: Box 1 Education

Subseries: Adult Education

African Adult Education Association, 1978 , undated

African Adult Education Association 6th Biennial Conference, 1978 , undated

Afrolit, 1977-1982 , undated

International Council for Adult Education, 1978 , undated

International Literacy Day, 1973-1979 , undated

Liberia National Adult Education Association, 1978-1982 , undated

Liberian National Adult Education Association Conference, 1978

Miscellaneous, 1977-1979 , undated

National Adult Education Association of Liberia, 1979-1995 , undated

Reports, 1975-1979 , undated

Reports – Other African Countries, 1979 , undated

Seminar on Non-Formal Education, 1978 , undated

Women, undated

Cuttington College, 1962-1983 , undated

Julia C. Emery Hall – Bromley Mission, 1959-1980 , undated

Merging of Episcopal and Government Schools, 1977

Ministry of Education, 1963-1980 , undated

Miscellaneous, 1930-1993 , undated

Missions and Schools, 1928-1998 , undated

Missions and Schools - Correspondence, 1950-2000 , undated

Missions and Schools – Reports, 1971-1976 , undated

St. Andrew’s School, 1938-1980 , undated

University of Liberia, 1975-2011 , undated

Series: Episcopal Church

Agendas and Itineraries, 1957-1985

Autonomy of the Episcopal Church, 1974 , undated

Bible Study, 1972-1976 undated

The Bishop’s Quarterly Reports to the Standing Committee, 1976-1977

Budgets and Finance, 1955-1999 , undated

Subseries: Box 2 Magazines and Newspapers

Magazines, 1952-1996 , undated

‘The Newark Churchman’, 1970-1974

'New Day', 1955-1974

Newspapers, 1956-1998 , undated

The Church Pension Fund, 1958-2005 , undated

Church Women, 1947-1983 , undated

Clergy Lists, 1974-1977

Conferences, 1954-1995 , undated

Contracts, undated

Subseries: Correspondence

1944-1969

1970-1975

1976-1979

1980-1989

1991-2003

undated

Subseries: Diocesan Conventions

31st Diocesan Convention, 1954 , undated

36th Diocesan Convention, 1959

42nd Diocesan Convention, 1965

45th Diocesan Convention, 1968

49th Diocesan Convention, 1972 , undated

50th Diocesan Convention, 1972 , undated

51st Diocesan Convention, 1974

52nd Diocesan Convention, 1975-1977 , undated

53rd Diocesan Convention, 1975-1976 , undated

54th Diocesan Convention, 1976-1977 , undated

55th Diocesan Convention, 1978 , undated

56th Diocesan Convention, 1978-1979 , undated

Box 3 57th Diocesan Convention,1980 , undated

58th Diocesan Convention, 1980-1981

59th Diocesan Convention, 1981-1982 , undated

60th Diocesan Convention, 1983 , undated

61st Diocesan Convention, 1983-1984

62nd Diocesan Convention, 1985

64th Diocesan Convention, 1987 , undated

65th Diocesan Convention, 1988 , undated

69th Diocesan Convention, 1997 , undated

70th Diocesan Convention, 1998 , undated

71st Diocesan Convention, 1999 , undated

72nd Diocesan Convention, 2000 , undated

73rd Diocesan Convention, 2001 , undated

75th Diocesan Convention, 2003

Miscellaneous Diocesan Convention, 1955-2003 , undated

Diocesan Press Service, 1964-1973 , undated

Episcopal Clergy Wives Association, 1976-2004 , undated

Episcopal Youth Camp, 1970 , undated

Future of the Church in Liberia, undated

Lambeth Conference, 1978-1988

Minutes, 1968-1982 , undated

Miscellaneous, 1975-1977 , undated

Subseries: Newsletters and Bulletins

‘The Bishop’s Newsletter’ , 1971-1981 , undated

‘The Christian Rural Fellowship Bulletin’ , 1952-1956

‘I.2.4(b)’, 1987-1989

‘Into the World’, 1983-1987 , undated

Miscellaneous, 1950-1999 , undated

‘The Y’s Men’s Review' , 1970-1973

Pamphlets, 1983 , undated

Parochial Reports, 1967-1977 , undated

Prayers and Prayer Books, 1952-2000 , undated

Questionnaires, 1975-1980 , undated

Religious Organizations – Publications and Flyers 1954-2002 , undated

Subseries: Box 4 Reports

1948-1976

1977-2003

Undated

Undated

Report of the Committee on the State of the Church, 1973-1995 , undated

Resolutions, Bylaws, and Constitutions, 1958-1998 , undated

Songs, undated

Theological Education Reports, 1972-1981 , undated

Series: Government and Politics

Amendments, Drafts and Articles, 1969-1983 , undated

Approved Revised Drafts of the Constitution, 1984 , undated

Subseries: Constitutional Advisory Assembly

Agendas, 1983 , undated

Correspondence, 1983-1984

Minutes, 1983

Miscellaneous, 1983 , undated

Reports, 1983-1984 , undated

Executive Branch, 1955-1996 , undated

Judicial Branch, 1958-1975

Legislative Branch, 1978-1988 , undated

Miscellaneous, 1951-1986 , undated

Series: Box 5 Language and Linguistics

Episcopal Language Program, 1974-1976 , undated

General Linguistics Materials, 1970-1979 , undated

Institute for Liberian Languages – Correspondence, 1973-1983 , undated

Institute for Liberian Languages – Miscellaneous, 1974-1995 , undated

Institute for Liberian Languages - Reports, 1974-1981 , undated

Linguistics Courses, 1969 , undated

Monthly Work Reports and Schedules for Language Project, 1980-1982

Publications - Other Liberian Languages, 1972-1989  , undated

Vacation Institute for Training in Applied Linguistics, 1974-1976 , undated

Subseries: Vai

American Bible Society, 1956-1970 , undated

Bible Translations Materials, 1967-1982 , undated

Bible Translations, 1979-1987

Bible Translations, undated

3 folders


Booklets, 1976-1984 , undated

Box 6 Correspondence, 1976-1995

Handwritten Notes, 1952-2003 , undated

Miscellaneous Materials, 1973-2001 , undated

Primers, 1975-1979 , undated

Reports, 1975 , undated

Teaching Materials, 1974-1982 , undated

Vai Translation Planning Committee, 1994 , undated

Vai Workshop, 1980-1982

Series: Programs and Announcements

Death Notices, 1982-2009 , undated

Subseries: Funeral Programs

1963-1974

1975-1976

1977

1978-1979

1980

1981

1982

Box 7 1983

1984

1985

1986

1987

1988

1989

1990-1994

1995-1999

2002-2010 , undated

Grace Episcopal Churhc Programs, 1981-1987

Liberia Official Gazette Death Announcements, 1954-2007

Life Sketches, 1954-2005 , undated

Miscellaneous Church Programs, 1965-1999 , undated

Box 8 St. Thomas Episcopal Church Programs, 1971-1972

Trinity Cathedral Programs, 1972-1994

Wedding Programs, 1975-2009 , undated

Series: Subject Files

Bios and Profiles, undated

Blank Forms, undated

Booklets, 1960-1980 , undated

Calendars, 1973-2000 , undated

Conferences and Conventions, 1974-1982 , undated

Subseries: Box 9 Correspondence

1944-1969

1970-1979

1980-1989

1990-2008

undated

Subseries: Handwritten Notes

1928-1948

1972-1980

1981-1989

1990-1996

1997-1999

2000-2007

undated

4 folders


Box 10 undated

3 folders


Invitations, 1958-2008

Lists of Names, undated

Mano River Women Peace Network, 2001 , undated

Maps, undated

Miscellaneous, 1963-1974 , undated

Miscellaneous Pages, Flyers and Brochures, 1970-1993 , undated

News Clippings, 1953-2000 , undated

Newsletters and Magazines, 1955-2003 , undated

Newspapers, 1973-2001 , undated

Organizations, 1957-1979 , undated

Personal, 1959-1996 , undated

Receipts, 1953-2005 , undated

Reports, 1972-1992 , undated

Reports, undated

Typed Notes, 1976-1982 , undated