SSND North American Archives

Renovations began in June for the new home of the School Sisters of Notre Dame’s North American Archives at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin! We are following the progress and documenting it each week. As we take new photos of the work, we will add them to the beginning of the slideshow on this page. Scroll further down to read our weekly updates, which also include details and history about the SSND archives collection.


July 20
A recent visit to the site for our SSND North American Archives at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee shows the ongoing progress. Since last week, the metal piping for electrical wires has been installed on the ceiling, office doors have arrived and the holes left where old radiators were removed are being filled with cement bricks. More photos have been added in the slideshow on this page.


July 13
Take a one-minute video tour of the renovation work underway for the SSND North American Archives at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee! A lot of progress is being made, with walls now up for the offices. This week, it also was announced that Michele M. Levandoski has accepted the new archivist position, and she will begin next month! Additional photos have been added in the slideshow on this page.


July 6
As work continues on the new SSND North American Archives, the demolition phase is winding down and construction is beginning. Maintaining an archive goes back to the congregation’s foundation in Neunburg vorm Wald, Germany, on October 24, 1833. In a letter dated March 29, 1834, Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger requested that the city council in Neunburg issue a receipt for the money that she had received from King Louis I for renovating the building in Neunburg so that she could place it in “the convent archives.”

Later references to the convent archives in Blessed Theresa’s letters include a record of negotiations regarding the opening of a new mission, a register book in which receptions and professions were carefully recorded and documentation of the transfer of the Poor Clare Convent in Munich by King Louis I to the sisters for use as their motherhouse.


June 28
Progress continues on the renovation of the new space for the SSND North American Archives! Old floor tiles have been removed, and the next steps include demolishing a wall, which will create a more spacious storage area, and constructing the framing for offices. The greatest challenge for this project was finding an available, suitable space with sufficient square feet, a layout that could be adapted for an archives, accessibility and the ability to be secured. The space in Bergstrom Hall at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, met these criteria! Watch for more updates in the coming weeks.


June 21
We’re excited to see the start of the renovation for the new home of the School Sisters of Notre Dame’s North American Archives at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin! Demolition and construction began earlier this month and will continue through the summer. We anticipate moving the archives – 2,800 linear feet of materials from 11 collections – into the new space this fall. Stay tuned for more updates as work progresses!