Sisters of Charity Centre
215 Seton Rd.
Halifax, NS B3M 0C9
Research visits are by appointment only
Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm AST
Closed on public holidays
About the Archives
The first Mount Saint Vincent Motherhouse was destroyed by fire on January 31, 1951. Sister Emmanuel Sullivan carefully reconstructed many of the documents that were lost in the fire using various archives including the Archives of the Propagation of the Faith, the Archives of the Sacred Congregation of the Religious, and the Public Archives of Canada.
Sister Francis d’Assisi was appointed Congregational Historian (Archivist) in 1965, a position she held until 1978. Like Sister Emmanuel, she concentrated on the reconstruction and copying of important documents that had been lost in the fire.
If you are searching for the gravesite of a Sister buried in Halifax, please consult the Catholic Cemetery Commission’s interment search: http://www.ccchalifax.com/
For information on the history of nursing schools in Nova Scotia, including Halifax Infirmary and Mount Saint Vincent University schools of nursing, see the Nursing History Digitization Project: http://forms.msvu.ca/library/tutorial/nhdp/index.htm
Sisters of Charity – Halifax Archives fonds can be found in the Council of Nova Scotia Archives’ database, MemoryNS: https://memoryns.ca/sisters-of-charity-halifax-archives