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Presentation Congregation (St. John's, Newfoundland) fonds
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Presentation Congregation (St. John's, Newfoundland) fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1833-2002, predominantly 1950-1985

Fonds consists of Nano Nagle journal (1802-1825); an Irish Sister's journal (1911); educational scrapbooks (1850s); election register (1833-1987); an annual renewal registry (1938-1957); acts of reception and profession registry (1846-1869); professions and deaths registry (1871-1952); registers of the Sodality of the Children of Mary (1946-1958); various membership/enrollment journals (1910-1964); correspondence (1833-2002); account books (1881-1961); financial statements/records/reports (1876-1877,1920-89); minutes of various meetings (1875-1999); legal documents (1784-1999); decrees (1855 1958); religious vow documents (1846-1856, 1905, 1907); annual reports/statistics of the Congregation (1942-1984); Annals of Harbour Grace (1833); annual visitation reports (1962-1965,1988); Latin documents (1883-1972); French documents (1845-1867); various certificates and awards (1952-1995); four architectural drawings; two technical drawings; nine paintings; twenty-one sketches; approximately two hundred photographs, the majority of which are black and white; nineteen film reels of various sizes; twenty-nine video cassettes, predominantly VHS; and thirty-six cassette tapes, some of which contain oral histories.

Fonds also consists of reference materials in the form of books, thesis', booklets, research papers, speeches, newspaper articles, obituaries, artifacts and an art collection which relate to the foundress, early pioneer Sisters, the congregational foundations, membership and their apostolic work; The fonds has been divided into the following series:
100 Records relating to Nano Nagle; 200 Records relating to the four pioneer Presentation Sisters in Newfoundland; 300 Records relating to the early foundations prior to amalgamation; 400 Records relating to the amalgamation Process; 500 Records relating to the government of Presentation Congregation; 600 Records relating to the Presentation foundations in Newfoundland and elsewhere; 700 Records relating to the apostolic works of Presentation Congregation; 800 Records relating to programs in formation and spirituality; 900 Records relating to the Presentation interrelationships at Diocesan and Parish levels; 1000 Records relating to the Presentation Congregation Multi Media Collection.

Presentation Congregation Archives

Records Relating to Reverend Mothers Prior to Amalgamation

Series consists of original correspondence (1981) and religious vow documents (1846-1856). Copies and/or transcriptions of correspondence (1885-1899, 1952) and a religious vow document in Latin (1883). As well, series contains reference material such as newspaper articles and obituaries which reflect the vocation, leadership and life of each Reverend Mother.

Records Relating to the Pioneer Sisters in Newfoundland

Series consists of original correspondence (1883, 1845 and 1986); copies and/or transcriptions of correspondence (1833-1834, 1865 and 1889); and photographs. As well, series contains reference material such as newspaper/journal articles, obituaries, and speeches which reflect the lives of the pioneer Sisters and the beginnings of the Presentation Congregation in Newfoundland.

Records relating to Formation and Spirituality

Series consists of original and copied correspondence (1923-1983); Register of the Sodality of the Children of Mary (1946-1955); and minutes (1977). As well, series contains applications, policies, reports and briefs for and about religious life. Series also includes reference material associated with ceremonies/investiture programs, religious activities, workshops, planning procedures, statistical data, in-service projects, devotions/practices, para-liturgical services and sessions/programs in Spirituality and Formation.

Records relating to Government within the Presentation Congregation

Series consists of copied and original material: correspondence (1897-1993); financial statements/records/reports (1920-1978); election register (1833-1987); annual renewal registry (1938-1957); acts of reception and profession registry (1846-1869); professions and deaths registry (1871-1952); General Council's register of minutes (1916-1961), additional minutes of meetings (1961-1967) and general administrative material (1919-1995); annual reports/statistics of the Congregation (1942-1984); Constitution Decree (1958) and other legal documents (1928,1974, 1981); one technical drawing of the Presentation Congregation land; and photographs.

Series also consists of various reports involving the congregation, their religious programs and educational endeavours, as well as, books, thesis, news articles, newsletters, historical data, obituaries, and constitutions, statutes, and policies of the Presentation Congregation.

Records relating to Nano Nagle

Series consists of original correspondence (1981 and 1997); copies and/or transcriptions of correspondence (1769-1784, 1940-46, 1975-1981), a journal (1802-1825), Nano Nagle's Will (1784) and the decree allowing Congregation to wear a ring (1855); and photographs. As well, the series consists of two sketches of Nano Nagle and reference material such as booklets, pamphlets, papers, speeches, and plays about Nano Nagle's life, work, family, death and legacy.

Records relating to foundations in Newfoundland and Elsewhere

Series consists of originals and copies of: correspondence (1876-2002); financial records (1876-1877,1964-89); Vow registers (1853-54, 1905, 1907); legal documents (1852, 1886, 1974, 1984); minutes of meetings/election reports (1961-1986); annual visitation reports (1962-1965,1988); Latin documents (1845, 1891, 1950, 1959, 1964, 1972); French documents (1845, 1865, 1867); four blueprints (1953); one technical drawing (1886); and photographs. As well, series consists of reference material such as news articles, books, ceremony booklets, statistical data, graduation addresses, and reports about each of the fifty-one foundations.

Records relating to the Apostolates

Series consists of original and copied correspondence (1952-2002); minutes of meetings (1960-1999); legal documents (1974); financial records (1976-1977); various certificates and awards (1952-1995). Series also consists of a sketch of the Catholic school district and reference materials such as reports, brochures, news articles, booklets, lists of assignments, questionnaires and evaluations which relate to individual Sisters' ministries.

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