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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

Presentation Congregation Archives Photograph Collection

  • Collection
  • 1865-2000, predominantly 1950-1995

The collection consists of approximately 7250 photographs (1865-2000, predominantly 1950-1995) of which approximately 7000 have been processed; 69 albums; three boxes of slides (ca. 1150); thirteen sheets of negatives (ca. 200); two daguerreotypes (1840s or 1850s), and 25 stereo cards.

The slides are stored in slide cases and are grouped according to a specific theme such as a school or an event. While many of the albums and scrapbooks were given to the archives by various convents, schools and individual Sisters, the archive has also created several albums with the intent to highlight a particular theme or event such as "Jubilees," "The Lantern," and "Social Gatherings."

Approximately 7000 photographs of the collection have been processed. The following information has been deducted from a random sampling of 546 cards from the photograph index: the majority of these photographs, 25%, measure 8.9cm x 8.9 cm ( 3 « x 3 « inches) with the second largest group, 17%, measuring 10.16cm x 15.24cm (4 x 6 inches); 53% of the sample were noted as colour photographs while 43% were noted as black and white; 81% of all the photographs are described as being in good condition with only 2% being rated as poor.

The photographs are organized according to the Presentation Congregation Archives finding aid and therefore cover a wide variety of topics. About one third of the photographs are of the various branches of the Presentation Congregation. The Presentation Motherhouse in Cathedral Square, St. John's has the largest amount of photographs (81) in the collection with the second largest being from Our Lady of Assumption Mission in Davis Inlet (71). Another large group of pictures (ca. 250) depict the Sisters themselves as they go through the process of becoming professed and embrace their ministries. As well, these pictures look at the Sister's personal life, their relationships and visits with family and friends.

A third subject that is given a great deal of attention is education (7cm) and the various schools that the sisters taught in. The final subject identified as a main focus in the collection are the various "Associates" associated with the Presentation Congregation (6cm) such as the Archdiocese of St. John's, Grand Falls, St. George's and Labrador/Schefferville, the various parishes, Archbishops and Bishops, clergy, visitors, and other religious Congregations.

Presentation Congregation Archives