History of the Department of Archives
From the foundation of the Congregation in 1853 to 1906, archival materials had been stored in a vault at the Mother House under the supervision of the Secretary General, the Treasurer General and the Dean of Studies.
In 1906, a terrible fire ravaged the Mother House leaving mainly ruins and desolation. Only a limited number of registers were salvaged.
After the construction of the Mother House in 1908, documents were stored in 3 vaults at the new Mother House. Subsequent years provided a significant and valuable enrichment of documents including correspondence between the Congregation and other entities.
However, formal archival service really began in 1954 when Sr. Sainte-Marie became the first archivist.
In 1958, Sr. Sainte-Rose-de-Lima assumed the position of archivist and served for 21 years. Thanks to Sister Rose and her team, SASV publications came to be.
At the time of the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Congregation, the archives were re-located in a new building adjacent to the Mother House. Sr. Mariette Pellerin and her team served as archivists from 1979 to 1992.
In 1992, Sr. Hélène Leblond served as archivist for one year.
From 1993 to 2003, she was replaced by Sr. Antonine Gagnon. The reunification of the SASV provinces and the acquisition of numerous documents necessitated the adoption of modern equipment and processes.
In 2003, the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Congregation, Sr. Rose-Aimee Richard became the principal archivist. She is assisted by two sisters on a full-time basis as well as by one sister and two lay persons for additional assistance.
The entire team, involved in archival work, is honored and happy to be involved in conserving and promoting SASV memories.
Available for Research
- Qualified personnel to provide assistance
- Research equipment and programs
- Photocopier and document classifier
- Consultation space
- Reference library
- Requests for research and/or responses can be transmitted by telephone, mail, e-mail or FAX
- Appointments are suggested for the use of research space
Monday - Friday
9 :00 to 12 :00 nn
13 :00 to 16 :00
Central Archives of Sisters of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin
251 rue St-Jean-Baptiste
Telephone : 819-293-2011 ext. 317
FAX : 819-293-8315
e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org