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Carondelet Consolidated Archives

Mission of the Carondelet Consolidated Archives

The Carondelet Consolidated Archives of the Sisters of the St. Joseph of Carondelet preserves and shares the history, spirit and memory of the congregation. The purpose of the archives is 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.

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History of the Carondelet Consolidated Archives

Catherine Lucy gives a tour of the Carondelet Consolidated Archives

In 2018, our congregation, along with the congregational and province archivists, consolidated their archives into one physical location. Prior to that, each province and vice province maintained their own separate collections. Though the conversation about consolidation began in 1994, the 2013 Congregational Chapter (a meeting held every six years during which delegates discern directives for the congregation) called the sisters 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 2018.

The archives of the congregational offices moved first to the St. Louis Province archives building at the Carondelet Motherhouse 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 St. Paul Province did not transfer its archives to the Carondelet Consolidated Archives, as their holdings contain locally rich information that is better suited to remain physically available in St. Paul. You can find out more about the St. Paul Province Archives on their website.

Revisit the 2018 tour of the cold room in the Carondelet Consolidated Archives with its current director Catherine Lucy and the late Jane Behlmann, CSJ.

Researchers and access to the archives

The Carondelet Consolidated Archives are located in St. Louis, Missouri, on the grounds of the St. Louis Province Motherhouse at 6400 Minnesota Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63111.

On-site research is available by appointment only, Monday through Friday.

For requests where the researcher is not able to visit the archives in person to conduct their research, archives staff will make every effort to perform due diligence in researching the topic on their behalf, as time permits, but usually within 2 weeks. Archives staff will spend no more than one hour conducting research on behalf of another person, and there is a limit on the number of copies or scans they can make. 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. Our finding aids and databases below are not an inclusive representation of the entire archive.

Please note that we are a fragrance-free facility. Please refrain from using perfume, cologne, fragranced laundry detergents, dryer sheets or any other kind of fragranced personal care products (ex. lotion, deodorant and hair care products) on the day of your visit. A fragrance-free space increases accessibility and supports the inclusion of those with allergies or sensitivities to fragrances and/or chemicals.

To schedule an appointment or request access to materials, please review our Access Policy and submit a user agreement.

Finding aid

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

Digital Collections

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

Handwritten journal page

Featured artifact

Diary of the Trek of the Seven Sisters

In 1870, seven brave sisters trekked from Missouri to Arizona to minister to the dear neighbor. Sister Monica Corrigan kept a diary throughout their harrowing journey over land and sea.

If you would like to deed a gift to the Carondelet Consolidated Archives, please contact the archivist, who will follow up with you for more information. When ready, please fill out the Deed of Gift form.

Affiliated institutions’ archives

Archives policies

Access policy

Please see our Archive Access Policy and Request Form webpage.

Permission to publish policy

If you would like to use reproductions of items from the Carondelet Consolidated Archives for commercial or personal publication in either electronic or paper format, please contact the archivist, who will follow up with you for more information. When ready, please fill out the Permission to Publish form.

Rights statement

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 Archives. 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 Archives.

Digital collections takedown policy

The Carondelet Consolidated Archives 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 the director of the Carondelet Consolidated Archives using our contact form. We will carefully evaluate and respond to each inquiry.

About us

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet are a congregation of Catholic sisters. We, and those who share our charism and mission, are motivated in all things by our profound love of God and our dear neighbors. We seek to build communities and bridge divides between people. Since our first sisters gathered in 1650, our members have been called to “do all things of which women are capable.” The first sisters of our congregation arrived in St. Louis, Missouri in 1836, and we now have additional locations in St. Paul, Albany, Los Angeles, Hawaii, Japan and Peru. Today, we commit to respond boldly to injustice and dare to be prophetic.


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