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Dion William Palgrave Clayton Calthrop letter

  • CA ON00351 GA 29
  • Item
  • January 21, 1936

One letter dated January 21, 1963 and addressed to "My Dear Jean" from Dion Calthrop Clayton regarding his book. Underneath the body of the letter is a drawing in black ink of a person blowing on a trumpet. There is also a separate, folded leaflet included with the letter titled, "In Memoriam 1881-1937". Inside the leaflet is a black and white profile shot of Calthrop.

Calthrop, Dion William Palgrave Clayton

Eleanor Hallowell Abbott Coburn letter

  • CA ON00351 WA 28
  • Item
  • 1924

One item of correspondence from Charles Gaston Smith Jr. of the Harvard Club of Boston to Eleanor Hallowell Abbott. The letter is dated July 25, 1924 and in it Smith asks Coburn if she knows of any girls in real life that are of the same quality as those in her books.

Coburn, Eleanor Hallowell Abbott

Community Newsletters

The 1947-1957 newsletters are addressed to Sister-Superior and Sisters and signed by Reverend Mother and the Sisters. They are from either Sacred Heart Convent or Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse. The subseries contains news of congregational activities and community events as they relate to education, St. Joseph’s Hospital, the House of Providence, nursing student graduations, and local high school sporting events.

The 1998-2000 newsletters contain news of Sisters’ activities and social justice initiatives. There are also invitations for Sisters to share the story of their ministry, and a pamphlet on Project Millennium, which was a series of television programs presented by The Catholic Religious Communities of Canada. The project’s purpose was to use television as ministry to share the rich heritage of religious communities with all Canadians. The purpose of the pamphlet was for Stephanie Vincec of the Hamilton congregation to notify others about the episode on the Hamilton congregational story that she authored.

Community Liturgy series

  • CA ON00279 F01-S142
  • Series
  • 1958-2007

The series contains booklets, information sheets, and newsletters related to Catholic prayer, rituals, and services in both independent and guided forms.

Community Liturgy

Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse series

  • CA ON00279 F01-S123
  • Series
  • 1912-2008

The series contains correspondence, newsletters, photographs, scrapbooks, postcards, diagrams, clippings, bulletins, brochures, programs, song sheets, posters, publications, dramatic scripts, and reports. This material is related to the history of the third Mother House of the Sisters of St. Joseph in London, which was called Mount St. Joseph. There is information about the construction of the building and detailed information about its special features and decoration, including the Immaculate Conception Chapel, and its grounds, particularly the Grotto. The records also relate to planning the construction of, and move to, the Sisters’ residence in 2007, and the sale of the Mount St. Joseph building and property. There are records which reflect communal life in the convent, including the various organized groups, events, and dramatic and musical entertainment, and menus and meal planning. The series contains records related to men religious who served at the Mother House, and other Diocesan correspondence. Information about both Fatima Hall and Ignatia Hall can be found, including the various uses of space in these buildings.

Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse

Fontbonne Hall sous-fonds

  • CA ON00279 F01-SF06
  • Sous-fonds
  • 1900-1995

The sous-fonds contains policy manuals, newspaper clippings, intake procedures, photographs, scrapbooks, correspondence, meeting minutes, financial records, as well as the record book and cash book of the Fontbonne Auxiliary. It also contains information about the history of the building, the children who were at Fontbonne Hall and the people who were involved in their care. There is also information about how the purpose of Fontbonne Hall changed throughout its time in operation.

Fontbonne Hall

Community Communications series

  • CA ON00279 F01-S129
  • Series
  • 1947-2014

This series contains newsletters pertaining to the congregation. The early newsletters were generally written by the General Superior and addressed to the Sisters of the congregation. Some later newsletters pertained to the amalgamation of four congregations to become The Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada in 2012.

Community Communications


This sub-series consists of records pertaining to anniversaries. These include the Constitutions Day on Dec. 8th, 1985 which celebrated the Constitutions of the Congregation including a celebration of life and the Easter Vigil celebration. The 100th anniversary celebrated the establishment of the Sisters’ arrival in Canada. The majority of the newspaper articles in this subseries are from 1967, with one article from 1968 and two articles from 1969 which cover the history and impact of the Congregation in Canada. The 135th anniversary of arrival in Ontario, Canada celebrations were held throughout the year with a celebration on May 31st, 1987. 1987 also was the 150th anniversary of the Sisters’ arrival on the American continent. The 125th anniversary in 1993 celebrated the arrival and foundation of the London congregation. The 135th anniversary of the London foundation was celebrated on December 11, 2003. Events of the 135th anniversary year included Assembly Days, and a tree planting on the original convent site on Kent Street in London. There are also records related to the 350th anniversary in 2000, of the foundation of the congregation in Le Puy, France. The subseries consists of correspondence (one letter from the Premier of Ontario in 1986), event programs, liturgies and prayers to accompany the celebrations, newspaper articles and clippings, and photographs of the anniversary events.


This sub-series consists of records relating to various educational workshops. Most of the materials for the workshops include liturgies, prayers, and music sheets for ceremonies. The education workshops commonly were led by fellow Sisters including Sister Susanne Breckel and Sister Veronica O’Reilly. The workshops also included special guests from outside the London diocese such as Elizabeth Cashman, Brenda Peddigrew, Ann Culkin, Dr. Thomas Francoeur, Father Thomas Dubay, and Father Michael Crosby. Superiors’ workshops were also held throughout the 1960s to 1986.


This sub-series consists of records concerning annual festivals and celebrations such as the Jubilees at London in May 1986, and June 1987, the Festival of Creativity in August 1997, and the Celebrate our Connections festival of 2006. The Festival of Creativity was a one “free day to play” on August 6th, 1997 which brought together Sisters and Associates to provide a day of creativity and brainstorming for creative projects to do together as a Congregation. The sale of Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse in April 2006 prompted the Celebrate our Connections festival as a point to reconnect and provide a reunion opportunity before moving to the new residence. Over 230 former community members attended the festival. This subseries includes address of current residence and timeline of the festivals, booklets, ceremony schedules and programs, correspondence, homilies, liturgy materials, music sheets and hymns, newspaper clippings, and photographs of the festivals.


This sub-series consists of reunion records from the July 1988 and September 2006 meetings of former Sisters of St. Joseph. The records consist of an address book, correspondence, a ceremony schedule, former Sisters membership lists, postcards with envelopes, liturgies, mailing lists, and prayers.

Workshops and Events series

  • CA ON00279 F01-S140
  • Series
  • September 1953- December 2006

The series consists of records concerning reunions, festivals, workshops, and anniversaries. These records comprise of address books, booklets, ceremony schedules, correspondences, event schedules, liturgy and prayer booklets and sheets, mailing lists, former Sisters membership lists, music sheets and hymns, newspaper clippings and photocopies, postcards with envelopes, photographs, and programs.

Workshops and Events

Social Justice series

  • CA ON00279 F01-S138
  • Series
  • 1974-2013

This series contains the records of the committees, meeting minutes and newsletters. Newsclippings on social justice issues, particularly poverty and human trafficking but also including the London Housing crisis, women’s rights, refugee rights, indigenous rights, the 2001 September 11th terrorist attack, the 2003 War in Iraq, The 1997 Kyoto protocol, and the Israeli occupation of Palestine. It also includes intercongregational correspondence, photographs, correspondence with government and protest groups, fliers, brochures, and information leaflets on events and campaigns in London, Canada, and abroad.

Social Justice

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