As you may know, my day job is at CYO/Camp Howard. This organization is a Catholic Charities Agency in the Archdiocese of Portland. I am a member of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon, employed by CYO/Camp Howard. My blog covers mostly my work at CYO/CH but from time to time I give you a glimpse of my religious life. This is one of those times!
My night job is Archivist for the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon and this weekend I am in Louisville, KY attending a conference with the Archivists for Congregations of Women Religious (ACWR).
I am meeting with 150 women who do the same sort of archival work that I do. We are the “keepers of the stories” for our religious congregations. It is extremely interesting work and the stories are powerful. Archivists know the stories! Maybe that should be a bumper sticker!
We are attending classes on various topics and today (Friday) we had a choice of three tours to attend including a tour of the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville. Of course that was my choice and you might be surprised since one of the choices was Churchill Downs Archives. I was a bit torn because I would have loved to have gone to Churchill Downs but I really wanted to see how other communities solved similar issues we deal with such as how they file their photos of Sisters. Seems like a simple question but it can be complex.
Below: One third of the convention visits the Archives of the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville, KY
Below: A clever way to organize Sisters’ scrapbooks!
Below: More Scrapbooks! We have several at Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon too! I like this idea!
Below: The Archives of the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville are in the basement of their Motherhouse and have a wonderful brick surface to work around. It is cool, clean and organized!
Below: Information is kept in files pertaining to living and deceased sisters and women who once belonged but left.
Below: My friend, Sr. Caritas Strodthoff OSF, a Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity in Manitowoc, WI checks out how they file photographs and slides.