Research Resources

Scholarly Organizations for the Study of Women Religious
  • Archivists for Congregations of Women Religious
    • primarily for archivists of religious orders to share information about the special problems of religious orders’ archives; also open to historians
    • If you are a researcher interested in contacting a particular congregation or archive, you can write to the ACWR at archivistsacwr@gmail.com and they will assist you.
Research Centers, Archival Collections, and Digitized Sources

University and other general archives (United States and Canada)

Note: Individual collections listed here do not include all resources to be found in any given archive. Please consult the archives’ websites and archivists for other potentially relevant collections.

Major Congregational Archives (United States and Canada)

Note: this list does not include the archives of individual local communities; if you are interested in these, please contact the congregation directly. Decentralized orders — including the Benedictines, Franciscans, and Ursulines — often have smaller individual archives held at various locations. Researchers interested in American sisters may find it useful to consult this list of congregations represented by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious or this list of member communities of the Council of Major Superiors of Women. Additionally, many American communities are or were international in scope; records relating to the communities may be held at their orders’ archives in Europe.

Digital Resources