Mission Statement

The mission of the Carondelet Consolidated Archive of the Sisters of the St. Joseph of Carondelet is to preserve and share the history, spirit, and memory of the congregation. The archive is established to identify, collect, arrange, preserve, and make available to qualified researchers official and non-current administrative records and other historical materials relating to the governance, ministries, and members of the congregation.


In 2018, the congregation, along with the congregational and province archivists, consolidated their archives into one physical location. Though the conversation to consolidate began in 1994, the 2013 Acts of Chapter called the sisters to oneness—to deepen communion and act in new ways as one congregation. This call strengthened the desire to consolidate. The final decision was made in the spring of 2017, and construction began in January of 2018.

The Congregational Archives moved first to the St. Louis Province Archives building at Carondelet in 2017. After renovating another space in the Archives Building into a cold room, the congregation brought in the Albany, Los Angeles, and Hawaii archives in August 2018. Each collection is housed under one roof but stored separately.

The Province of St. Paul did not transfer their archives to the Carondelet Consolidated Archive, as their holdings contain locally rich information that is better suited to remain physically available in St. Paul.


Snapshots in Time Publication

A quarterly publication featuring photos and artifacts from our archives.

Snapshots in Time, September 2021
Snapshots in Time, June 2021
Snapshots in Time, March 2021
Snapshots in Time, December 2020
Snapshots in Time, September 2020
Snapshots in Time, June 2020
Snapshots in Time, March 2020
Snapshots in Time, December 2019


Research and Access Policy

The Carondelet Consolidated Archive is located in St. Louis, Missouri, on the grounds of the St. Louis Province Motherhouse. The mailing address is:

Carondelet Consolidated Archive
6400 Minnesota Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63111

On-site research is available by appointment only, Monday through Friday. Please read our Access Policy and User Agreement. To schedule an appointment, please contact the director at 314-678-0320 or archivist@csjcarondelet.org.

For requests where the researcher is not able to visit the archives in person to conduct their research, archive staff will make every effort to perform due diligence in researching the topic on their behalf, as time permits, but usually within a week. Archive staff will spend no more than one hour conducting research on behalf of another person. For more involved and time-consuming requests, researchers will be notified that they should consider scheduling a future visit to thoroughly browse through any relevant collections in person, as our finding aids and databases are not an inclusive representation of the entire archive.

Other Forms and Policies

Deed of Gift Form
Permission to Publish/Use Form

Find a Sister

To locate a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet, please visit https://csjcarondelet.org/find-a-sister/

Finding Aids and Digital Collections

You can browse our collections by province or subject via our consolidated archive Finding Aid. To easily search a PDF document, use Ctrl+F to bring up a search field.

Visit our Internet Archive site to view a selection of our digital collections, including CSJ history books and publications. In the future, look for photographs and documents from our archival collections as well.


Rights Statement and Digital Collections Takedown Policy

The images featured on this webpage, as well as all webpages of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, come from congregational and provincial holdings. To the best of our knowledge, there are no copyright restrictions associated with these images because they are either in the public domain or the copyright is owned by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.

These images are intended for private use, and we in no way assume liability for any other use of these images. These images must not be altered or manipulated in any way or used for commercial purposes without the express permission of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet or the Carondelet Consolidated Archive. When permission is granted, proper credit must be given as follows:

Image courtesy of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet — [Name of] Province collection, Carondelet Consolidated Archive.

The Carondelet Consolidated Archive seeks to ensure that it has appropriate rights to provide access to content through our online digital collections. Parties who have questions or concerns about any of our content available online may direct them to archivist@csjcarondelet.org. We will carefully evaluate and respond to each inquiry.

Affiliates: CSJ and CSJ-Sponsored Institution Archives

CSJ St. Paul Province Archives in St. Paul, MN

Avila University Archives & Research Center in Kansas City, MO (includes the records of the U. S. Federation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph)

College of Saint Rose Archives in Albany, NY

Fontbonne University Archives in St. Louis, MO

Mount St. Mary’s University Archives in Los Angeles, CA

Mount St. Mary’s University—CSJ Institute in Los Angeles, CA

St. Catherine University Archives in St. Paul, MN


Additional resources for province offices and members of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet

Types of Materials to Transfer to the Carondelet Consolidated Archive (double-sided flyer for printing)