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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

Walter Broomfield collection

  • Collection
  • Photocopied 1980 (originally created in 1932)

Collection consists of photocopied correspondence from Abram Broomfield to his brother Walter Broomfield in 1932.

Bloomfield, Walter

William and Benjamin Knight collection

  • Collection
  • Microfilmed 1988 (originally created 1767-1833)

Collection consists of microfilmed copies of three volumes of account books containing the Knight dealings with the hundreds of fishermen they hired, the export merchants to whom they sold their cod, and the dozens of maritime artisans and labourers who maintained their fleet of schooners. The account books cover the years 1767-81 and 1788-1833.

Knight, William

Thomas Davis collection

  • Collection
  • Microfilmed 1988 (originally created 1771-1778)

Collection consists of microfilm of account books for Davis's three offshore schooners and the flakeyard. The books also record the towns in which his customers and hands lived. There are notations for every voyage and the quantity of cod caught by each fishermen.

Davis, Thomas

Robert Newman & Company collection

  • Collection
  • 1894-1951

Collection consists of original records relating to property transactions of Robert Newman & Company, 1894-1951. Records include leases, mortgages, insurances, etc. Fonds also includes material related to Robert Newman & Company accumulated by Dr. Keith Matthews. Material collected includes notes from journals, 1786-1812; photocopies and notes from ledgers, 1771-1812; notes and transcripts from letterbooks, 1792-1896; and notes from account books; Collection also includes reproduced material related to Robert Newman & Company accumulated by Dr. Keith Matthews. Material collected includes notes from journals, 1786-1812; photocopies and notes from ledgers, 1771-1812; notes and transcripts from letterbooks, 1792-1896; and notes from account books, 1775-1806. Also included is a history of Newman's that was written in 1951.

Robert Newman & Company

Philip English collection

  • Collection
  • Microfilmed 1988 (originally created 1664-1718)

Collection consists of microfilm copies of three account books, 1664-1708, 1678-1690, and 1699-1718, which describe English's dealings with fishermen and maritime artisans, the financial arrangements of fishing voyages, and the expenses of keeping his vessels afloat.

English, Philip

Miles Ward collection

  • Collection
  • Microfilmed 1988 (originally created 1745-1777)

Collection consists of microfilmed copies of three account books, 1745-1754, 1753-1764, and 1765-1777, showing the history of fishing vessels and the relationships between merchant and individual fishermen over an extended period.

Ward, Miles

Joseph Swett Jr. and Robert Hooper Jr. collection

  • Collection
  • Microfilmed 1988 (originally created 1740-1747)

Fonds consists of microfilmed letters which consist mainly of instructions from Joseph Swett Jr. and Robert Hooper to their business agents: Samuel Storke, London; Steers and Barrons, Lisbon; Joseph Gardoque y Mueta, Bilboa; and Gedney Clarke, Barbados. Frequent subjects are conditions in foreign fish markets and the state of the fishery in New England.

Swett, Joseph Jr.

Them Days Tape collection

  • Collection
  • 1959 - present

Collection consists of taped oral history interview primarily conducted for Them Days magazine. Some tapes are copies of interviews donated to Them Days (for example CBC Labrador History Series).

Robert John King collection

  • CA Them Days APL 485
  • Collection
  • 1913

Collection consists of a photocopied Certificate of Marriage for Kenneth King and Alice E. Mesher (1913); handwritten noted on Alice Mesher and family; and handwritten notes on Ambrose and Mary Ann Mesher.

Robert John King

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