From the Archives…

Help the CSJ Archive Fill in the Gaps! 


We need your help in completing the CSJ story. Add to the collections and become a part of history! Scroll down to learn about the purpose of the CSJ Archives, the guidelines for how to donate, and the ways in which you can contact the archives to learn more and contribute digital and physical documents.


Therezon Sheerin, CSJ, in the archives.

What’s the urgency of adding to & maintaining the archives?

We need to preserve the culture and history of these incredible women, and we need to do so now, while we still have the time and resources.

What are our goals in maintaining & adding to the archives?

The purpose for maintaining the Archives is to centralize, organize, preserve, protect, and make
available the records and materials, which pertain to the origin, history, spirit, growth, and life of the Congregation. The Archives also reflect the various apostolates and ministries of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston. In 100 years, the only materials we’ll have to remember the sisters and their work from this day & age are those valuable items that are set aside and preserved.

What documents are important for preserving CSJ history?

Notes and General Documents:

  1. Annals
  2. Minutes of Meetings
  3. Noteworthy correspondence (sent and received)
  4. Chapter documents/Congregational gatherings
  5. Announcements of events/brochures/clippings (related to CSJ and Congregation)
  6. Legal documents
  7. Records of historical developments
  8. Artifacts

Personal Records/Hobbies:

  1. Sisters’ manuscripts: academic papers, poetry, short stories, sheet music, drama,
    plays/musicals, art, etc.
  2. Sisters’ published codex: book/booklets, articles
  3. Jubilee memorabilia
  4. Academic records
  5. Diaries and journals pertaining to the Sister’s ministries
  6. Memoirs and reminiscences

Multimedia Records:

1. Photographs (glass plate, print, negative, transparency (slide), digital)
i. Please include date, location and names of persons in the image, on the back of the image or an index/note card with date, location, names of persons.
ii. Photo albums should be annotated and in very good condition

2. Videos 

i. Congregational events, missions, liturgies, etc

Rare Books 

Books presented to the community or an individual, which contain evidence such as
handwriting, signatures, or bookplates of famous people, or those associated with the

NOTE: Information provided at the time of the event is generally more accurate than supplying it later (e.g. what, where, when, why, who).

The Boston CSJ Archive does not collect:

  1. Active or semi-active records
  2. Some materials relating to other congregations, organizations, or federations of women
  3. Diocesan records
  4. Unidentified photographs, including in JPEG format
  5. Transitory records
  6. Duplicate copies of committee materials
  7. Preliminary drafts of letters and reports, preference being given to final copies
  8. Publications from outside organizations
  9. Blank forms
  10. Non-CSJ related flyers and brochures
  11. Photographs of deceased Sisters’ families
  12. Relics lacking certificates of authenticity

To learn more or schedule a time to visit the archives to make a donation, email our archivist, Ava Doogue: