The archives of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur of the California Province includes journals, memoirs, newsletters, correspondence, photos, scrapbooks and artifacts from over 150 years of West Coast history. As well as documenting the unique history of the Sisters of Notre Dame, these papers present a view of the life of the women religious, the Catholic Church and education through the decades.
On April 18, 1906, San Francisco rocked and rolled with an earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale. Sisters of Notre Dame had both a convent and a large school in the Mission District. The journal of Sister Mary Brown gives us a peek into the chaos, destruction, and moments of kindness in the 24 hours that followed the quake.
Unexploded bombs aren't the norm for our archives room, but this one has a poignant history. Find out why.
President Abraham Lincoln was born 200 years ago this year. Find out how his death nearly brought catastrophe to the Notre Dame San Jose convent.
- Official records of the Province
- Records about individual schools and convents in California, Washington, Oregon and Hawaii
- Mission accounts
- Individual Sisters' records
- Manuscripts and documentation of non-educational ministries
- Records about properties
- Approximately 4,000 photographs dated 1860 to the present--copyright not expressly owned by the California Province for most before 1960
- 40+ oral history taped interviews (not transcribed)
- Video interviews
- Architectural drawings, maps and charts
- Collections of artifacts related to the Sisters and their institutions, including Indian baskets of the Northwest
California Province Archives
Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur
Kathy O'Connor, CA
1520 Ralston Ave, Belmont, CA 94002
Tel: 650-593-2045, ext. 362
E-mail: Kathy O'Connor
Open by appointment. Total Volume: 300+ linear feet. Inclusive Dates: 1844-to the present.
Please note these restrictions: For many of our archival photographs, copyright has not been assigned to the Sisters of Notre Dame, California Province Archives. To use photographs from our collection, researchers must obtain permission from the copyright holder. Use of all materials is restricted to research and educational purposes. Copyright restrictions also apply to digital reproductions of original materials. In addition, some records are confidential.