Mary Serbacki, osf, c.a.
The province archives contains the records of the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity from their establishment in Buffalo, N.Y., as a mission of the German house, through their growth and development in the U.S. The records include central administrative, financial, and personnel records of the sisters in the U.S. 1874-1939; in the eastern/Holy Name Province 1939-present. There are also records pertaining to the institutions run by the sisters and the local convents where they resided. The materials include manuscripts, publications, architectural drawings, photographs, and some audio and video tapes. The earliest records are less complete than those from the period after 1920. Because of the changes in record-keeping practices, the most recent records are the most numerous. Although the archives are an internal, administrative archives, by extension the information also refers to religious history, women’s history, immigration studies, developments in education, etc.
Researchers are invited to call or visit the Archives during regular open hours: Monday--Friday 9:30--11:45 a.m.; 12:45--4:30 p.m., except holidays and times of congregational meetings. Visiting researchers are requested to make appointments in advance by using the form below or by phone at 716.754.4311 ext. 9737#