Salvation Army International Headquarters South Asia Zonal Department

Reference code(s): GB 2133 SAZ
Held at: Salvation Army International Heritage Centre
Domain: archival
Title: Salvation Army International Headquarters South Asia Zonal Department
Date(s) of contents: c1945-2013
Level of description: Fonds
Extent and medium: 23 boxes


Name of creator(s): Salvation Army | South Asia Zonal Department | 1991-

Administrative/Biographical history:

The South Asia Zonal Department was created in February 1991 as part of the reorganisation of the International Headquarters' (IHQ) administrative structure. Prior to 1991 the oversight and supervision of the Salvation Army's work in overseas territories and commands was carried out under the direction of International Secretaries and Under-Secretaries in the Overseas Department. An International Secretary for South Asia had been established in 1979, prior to that there had been an International Secretary for Asia.

The business of the Overseas Department was operated through Boards and Councils, business meetings between the International Secretaries and the Chief of Staff and the General, and links to other IHQ departments. An Overseas Service Council was held weekly and considered business lists (records of discussions regarding overseas operations), finance issues, property proposals and a range of other issues relating to the organisation and its officers. Other boards and councils included: International College for Officers Consultative Council which met at least once a year, an annual Overseas Budget Council, a monthly Overseas Finance Board and a weekly Overseas Expenditure Board. The Overseas Department produced briefs for territorial visits by the General, Chief of Staff and International Secretaries and was required to submit an annual statement of accounts for each territory to the IHQ Audit Department which produced territorial audit reports.

Further details of the structure and procedures of the Overseas Department can be found in the manual dated c1990 at SAZ/1/1. Development work including overseas projects and officer training was administered by an IHQ Development Department with links to the Overseas Department. Individual projects were considered by an Overseas Project Council and funding came from both external and internal sources. The latter included the Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO) based in USA and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

The Salvation Army Territories, Commands and Regions within South Asia have changed over time. As of 2012 the territories include: Bangladesh Command, India Central Territory, India Eastern Territory, India Northern Territory, India South Eastern Territory, India South Western Territory, India Western Territory, Middle East Region, Pakistan Territory, and the Sri Lanka Territory.

Custodial history:

Immediate source of acquisition:


Scope and content/abstract: Papers of the South Asia Zonal Department and predecessor bodies, c1945-2013. The records in this collection show a degree of continuity of record keeping procedures throughout the organisational changes detailed above. Notably, several of the correspondence files run continously prior to and subsequent to 1991. The collection as a whole therefore includes papers that precede the formation of the zonal department.

System of arrangement:

Where a record order or system is evident this has been retained, such as in the case of business notes and correspondence files. The remainder have been arranged according to key functions or activities, as follows:

SAZ 1: Administrative papers

SAZ 2: Correspondence

SAZ 3: Business notes

SAZ 4: India Commissions

SAZ 5: Seminars and workshops

SAZ 6: Development and missionary work

SAZ 7: Officer Career Cards

SAZ 8: Photographs


Language: Mainly English

Conditions governing access: Some files are closed. See individual records for details

Conditions governing reproduction:

Finding aids: Catalogue



Date(s) of descriptions: 2012

Educational missionary work
Humanitarian assistance
Medical missionary work
Mission policy
Religious charities
Social work

Personal names

Corporate names
Salvation Army
Salvation Army | South Asia Zonal Department | 1991-

Middle East
South Asia
Sri Lanka