Collection ID: HeritageBox

Collection context


This collection consists of materials created by the Association of the Colleges of Sisters of Saint Joseph (ACSSJ) to aid in educational, orientation, and enrichment activities at its member colleges.
0.4 Linear feet and (1 box)


Scope and Content:

Series 1 includes essays, articles, prayers, promotional pamphlets and brochures, multimedia presentations and presentation guides. These materials are primarily intended to assist college administrators, faculty, and staff in creating and conducting presentations for the member college community in various areas, including orientations, prayer services, informational sessions on the ACSSJ’s Student Exchange Program, as well as to shape member colleges’ mission, policies, and practices.

Series 2 includes essays, lectures, and articles that briefly detail the history of the Sisters of Saint Joseph in France and in the United States and discuss the history and future of Catholic colleges. Bibliographies for further reading are included.

Biographical / Historical:

The Association of Colleges of Sisters of Saint Joseph (ACSSJ) is an association intended to link American colleges founded by the Sisters of Saint Joseph, provide resources for faculty, staff, and students at member colleges, and encourage “mission integration” on campus at each member college. The ACSSJ formed as a board of presidents from member colleges in the 1990’s. The organization appointed its first Executive Director in 2000.

Scholars from the member colleges of the ACSSJ prepared the materials in the Heritage Box and distributed them to ACSSJ’s eight member institutions in 2002. All of the member colleges were founded by some group of Sisters of Saint Joseph. The member colleges at the time the Heritage Box was distributed included Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri, Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Elms College in Chicopee, Massachusetts, Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Missouri, Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles, California, Regis College in Westin, Massachusetts, The College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota, and The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York. Four other American colleges founded by the Sisters of Saint Joseph were not member colleges at the time the Heritage Box was distributed.

Processing information:

Data from five 3 ½” floppy disks in the collection have been transferred to CD and have been added to the collection.


The original arrangement of the Heritage Box, as it was donated to the Archives and Special Collections, has been preserved.

Folders and documents in Series 1 have been retained in their original thematic order.

Folders comprising Series 2, which were originally housed in a binder, have been retained in their original thematic and chronological order.

Rules or conventions:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard



There are no access restrictions to this collection.

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