In order to extend the charism, spirituality and mission of the School Sisters of Notre Dame and to ensure that SSND continues to influence the future, the School Sisters of Notre Dame North American Archives collects, organizes, preserves, makes accessible and promotes the use of materials that document and witness to the life of the congregation.”- Mission Statement, October 2016

Congregation History

The School Sisters of Notre Dame North American Archives is the repository of historical documents for the congregation in North America. Located at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the archives include more than 2,000 linear feet of records that date back to the establishment of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in North America.

Province Archives

The collection includes records from eight former province archives (Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Baltimore, Maryland; St. Louis, Missouri; Mankato, Minnesota; Canada; Wilton, Connecticut; Chicago, Illinois; and Dallas, Texas) and records documenting the congregation in North America as a whole. The collection also contains records of SSND life and ministry in Japan, Guam, England and Puerto Rico, as well as in mission extensions in Africa and Latin America, all of which have connections with the North American provinces.

The School Sisters of Notre Dame are members of an international congregation with its Generalate in Rome, and the North American Archives also houses correspondence and other unpublished materials pertinent to the international congregation.

In the News

Stingl: School Sisters of Notre Dame new archive is a chance to look up my high school nuns (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
– When a Milwaukee Journal Sentinal reporter visited the new SSND North American Archives in January, it was a chance for him to reminisce and learn more about his favorite teachers from Messmer High School from 1968 to 1972. “With half a century gone by, it was good to finally get better acquainted with these remarkable women,” he writes.

School Sisters’ Archive opening houses over 325 years of history (Mount Mary University)
– The School Sister of Notre Dame’s North American archives, which details the history and significant moments within the order, opened Jan. 2, 2018, at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.