Sous-fonds F01-SF02 - Mount Saint Joseph Academy sous-fonds

Graduation ceremony in chapel, Mount St. Joseph Academy, London, Ont.

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Mount Saint Joseph Academy sous-fonds

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CA ON00279 F01-SF02

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  • 1930-2015 [photocopied 201-?] (Creation)
    Mount Saint Joseph Academy

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1.12 m of textual records
ca. 299 photographs
43 photographs : col. negatives : 3.5cm x 3.5cm
4 photograph albums
5 audio cassettes
1 audio disc
1 audio disc ; vinyl : 31.5cm x 31.5cm x 0.5cm
1 skirt
1 vest
1 sweater
1 fabric crest
5 metal crests
1 plastic crest
1 pen stand
1 graduation rosary in a plastic case

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Administrative history

Mount Saint Joseph Academy was a school for girls directed by the Sisters of St. Joseph from 1950 to 1985. It was initially located at Sacred Heart Convent with a mere six students. In 1953, it moved to the newly built Mount St. Joseph convent. At this time, there were 26 students but by 1957, this number had grown to 105 students (80 girls resided at the school and 25 were day students). In 1958, the Academy was moved to a newly completed wing in the Mount St. Joseph complex.

The mission of the Academy was to provide secondary education for girls in which the Catholic faith was integrated into the curriculum and school life. Students had the option of being day students if they lived in the area or boarders if they came from far away. Students came from across Canada and 10%-15% came from other countries including the West Indies, Mexico, and Hong Kong.

Music was always an important part of life at the Academy, perhaps due to the influence of the St. Joseph’s School of Music which was also staffed by the Sisters. Students who wished to learn to play musical instruments did so on their own time, usually through the School of Music. They could also volunteer to join the Glee Club, one of the choirs, or the choral group called the Academy Singers which was well-known in the area.

In addition to regular curriculum classes, students were required to sign up for an activity for their enrichment and cultural development. These activities included photography, driving school, typing, fencing, drama, ballet, horseback riding, charm class, scripture study, physical education, crafts, and home economics club.

The Academy closed in 1985, and the wing that it occupied became a guest wing for relatives of hospitalized patients. It is estimated that over the course of 32 years, between 2,000 and 3,000 students received at least part of their high school education at the Academy. In 2005, the building was sold by the Sisters.

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Sous-fonds contains photographs, newspaper clippings, correspondence, programs, reports; sound recordings of performances; information about students, teachers (both Sisters and lay teachers), award winners, and alumni; the administrative activities of the Academy; its history, including the opening, closing, graduations, and yearbooks; correspondence with the Ministry of Education of Ontario; and notable groups such as the Academy Singers.

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The records were transferred from the school to the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada Archives except for one series which was kept by a former teacher, Sister Jean Moylan and donated by her to the archives in 2013, and another series kept by a former student, Lee Anne Doyle, and donated by her to the archives in 2016.


Original order was maintained on the primary record group but order was imposed on accruals.

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  • English

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    The records are located at The Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada Archives.

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    Restrictions on access

    Series F01-SF02-S010, sub-series F01-SF02-S009-04 and F01-SF02-S009-03, and file F01-SFO2-S001-06 are restricted to public access. Material in file F01-SF02-S004-02 is restricted but access may be granted on a case-by-case basis.
    The Archives reserves the right to restrict access to the collection depending on the condition of the archival material, the amount of material requested, and the purpose of the research. The use of certain materials may also be restricted for reasons of privacy or sensitivity, or under a donor agreement. Access restrictions will be applied equally to all researchers and reviewed periodically. No researcher will be given access to any materials that contain a personal information bank such as donor agreements or personnel records, or to other proprietary information such as appraisals, insurance valuations, or condition reports.

    Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

    Permission to study archival records does not extend to publication or display rights. The researcher must request this permission in writing from the Archives.

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    No further accruals are expected.


    Material from files F01-SF02-S001-11, F01-SF02-S007-02, F01-SF02-S015-06, and F01-SF02-S015-07 has been separated for preservation.

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    Dates of creation, revision and deletion

    June 6, 2016
    May 29, 2019
    July 2, 2020
    August 24, 2021
    September 29, 2023

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    • English

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      Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada Archives, The Sisters of St. Joseph: Historical London Sites, London, Ontario, 2014.

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