Manuscript Collections

The manuscript collections in the Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, U.S.–Ontario Province, support the research needs of the Sisters, administrative staff, scholars and the interested public. >Most materials in the collections document the histories of Holy Names schools, other ministries and individual Sisters.

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  • Academy of the Holy Names, Rome, NY, circa 1940
  • Holy Names Academy, Seattle, WA, 1884
  • Our Lady of Sacred Heart convent, Oakland, CA, circa 1869
  • Sister Dana, Mother Ludger, Mother Margaret of Cortona, Sister Marianne & St. Paul Miki students, circa 1938
  • Sister Francella Griggs & students, 1986
  • Sister Teresa Shields & class, Jonestown, circa 1984
  • Sister Virginia Ginet & family members with Basotho children, Lesotho, circa 1985
  • St. Mary's Academy Portland, OR, circa 1920


The materials created or collected by Holy Names schools consist largely of convent chronicles. The chronicles are narratives of daily events written by the Sisters while the school also served as their residence. Additional materials from closed schools may include, student enrollment records, photographs and newspaper clippings.

Other Ministries

In the 1970s, the Holy Names Sisters increased their presence in additional ministry areas, including diocesan offices, parish catechetical work, social outreach ministries and prisons. Documented social justice ministries may be the work of an individual Sister, a non-profit sponsored by the Province or a completely independent non-profit. Records created or collected in the operation of these ministries vary but typically include annual reports, newsletters and photographs.

Individual Sisters

Under individual Sisters change wording to read thusly: The manuscript collections for individual Holy Names Sisters document their family histories, academic achievements and their personal and professional lives. The collections may contain correspondence, photographs, publications, ephemera, musical compositions, business records and other evidence of their contributions to ministries, professions and the Congregation. The Archives retains obituaries, eulogies and other forms of biographical data.