Archives Collection

The Archives collects historical records, objects, and publications in order to preserve the history of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, U.S.–Ontario Province, a Roman-Catholic Institute of women religious devoted to education and social justice.

The collections document the histories of Holy Names schools and ministries throughout the province, including New York, Washington, Mid-Atlantic, Florida, Mississippi, California, Oregon and Washington. In addition to preserving institutional records, the aim of the Archives is to educate the public about the Sisters' contributions to the communities in which they have served from 1859 to the present.

The Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, U.S.–Ontario Province is a private, institutional repository. Access to the collections may be arranged by appointment only. All research requests are subject to the approval of the Director of Archives.

  • From the Chronicles

    A late caller found all occupants of Holy Names Academy Normal School out on the fire escapes gazing heavenward at the large shimmering tail of Halley's Comet and at the beautiful eclipse that shadows the moon. So fascinating was it that that it was a late hour before sleep enfolded all.

    Chronicles of the Academy of Our Lady of Lourdes, Spokane, WA
    May 22, 1910

  • From the Chronicles

    During the last two months many cases of diphtheria have occurred. Four students have died. Sister Aloysius Mary and Sister Mary Alice and 100 day pupils have been quarantined as germ carriers.

    Chronicles of the Academy of St. John the Baptist, Chicago, IL
    March 11, 1927

  • From the Chronicles

    After dinner we had quite a little shake of Mother Earth. One of the Sisters moved toward the door and looked upon the others with astonishment at their being so quiet. The Novices fell to their knees as the first shock came.

    Chronicles of the Convent of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Oakland, CA
    June 7, 1886

  • From the Chronicles

    Today the former graduates hold a reunion. It is the first celebration of its kind. Twenty-three girls answered our invitation to be present. Some of these come from afar. At the end of this gathering all express gratitude.

    Chronicles of the Academy of the Holy Names, Rome, NY
    June 28, 1893

  •  From the Chronicles

    We wore our new temporary headdress for the first time today. We found it very comfortable. Friends and pupils approved of our new look.

    Chronicles of St. Mary's Convent, Seattle, WA                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            June 4, 1966

  • From the Chronicles

    Mrs. Maria Augusta Von Trapp, mother of the famous Trapp Family Singers, spoke in our auditorium today. The Diocese Council of Catholic Women sponsored this free lecture while the Trapps are in town on a concert tour.

    Chronicles of St. Mary's Academy, Portland, OR
    June 8, 1953