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Sisters of Bon Secours USA Archives

Sisters of Bon Secours USA Archives

Mailing AddressSisters of Bon Secours USA
1525 Marriottsville Road
Marriottsville, MD 21104-1399

Contact: Sister Mary Shimo, CBS
Phone: 410-442-3111
E-mail: cbsarchives@bshsi.org
Web: http://bonsecours.org/archives-USA/index.htm
Finding Aids: Available in house: Bon Secours Hospital, Baltimore, 1881-2013.
Access to Collections: Access to certain confidential documents may be restricted. Duplication services available (at cost). Loaning of items is generally not permitted.

Hours of Service

Limited staffing is available. Research visits are by appointment. Response time varies according to the nature of the request and the extent of research needed.

Overview

The archives function as a repository for material relevant to the Sisters of Bon Secours in the United States, dating from 1881 to the present. The collection contains materials on the founding, history, mission and growth of the Congregation in the USA and the Sisters’ healthcare ministries, largely in their role as nurses. The Sisters of Bon Secours are called by God and sent by the Roman Catholic Church to help people to wholeness; to alleviate human suffering of all forms, especially in the poor and dying; to help others to an awareness of the redemptive meaning of suffering and death – and to an awareness of their relationship with God by…reproducing in ourselves Christ healing…Christ consoling…Christ loving…Christ always aware of the needs of others. The mission of the Sisters of Bon Secours is to participate in Jesus’ mission of revealing God’s compassion, healing and liberation to all whom they meet and serve.

Special Services

  • Cameras (at archivist discretion)
  • Digital cameras (at archivist discretion)
  • Photocopies
  • Scanning

Type of Materials

  • Architectural Documents
  • Artifacts
  • Audiovisual Materials
  • Books and Monographs
  • Digital Collections
  • Exhibitions
  • Institutional Records
  • Maps
  • Musical Scores
  • Newspaper clippings
  • Oral Histories
  • Personal Papers
  • Photographs
  • Primary Resources
  • Printed Ephemera
  • Prints and Drawings
  • Serials

Detailed Description of Collections
Architectural Documents – of some of our convents, former convents and some buildings
Artifacts – informing the ministries of our Sisters
Audiovisual Materials – informing the ministries of our Sisters
Books and Monographs – informing the ministries of our Sisters
Digital Collections – scans of materials informing the ministries of our Sisters
Exhibitions – permanent and rotating informing the ministries of our Sisters
Institutional Records – informing the ministries of our Sisters
Maps – related to property of the Sisters’ ministries
Musical Scores – of original music by a Sister of Bon Secours
Newspaper clippings – informing the ministries of our Sisters
Oral Histories – informing the ministries of our Sisters
Personal Papers – of our Sisters and their ministries
Photographs – informing the ministries of our Sisters
Primary Resources – as histories or background on the ministries of our Sisters
Printed Ephemera – mostly related to Vocations as a Sister of Bon Secours
Prints and Drawings – informing the ministries of our Sisters
Serials – informing the ministries of our Sisters and their co-workers in ministry

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