For Researchers


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the research room for the Archives in both Ipswich, MA and Belmont, CA are closed. If you need any information or questions answered, please send your inquiries by email, telephone or regular mail.

Nancy Barthelemy
Provincial Archivist
Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur
30 Jeffrey’s Neck Rd.
Ipswich, MA 01938

Kathleen O’Connor
Provincial Archivist
Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur
1520 Ralston Ave.
Belmont, CA 94002

The New England Archives was recently renovated to provide climate control for the collection. The research room contains displays describing the history of the Sisters of Notre Dame in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Research room 2


  1. Dear Nancy, I am looking for information on my great aunt, Sr. Margaret Schneider (born Antoinette Gertrude Schneider 25 Dec. 1887, in Columbus,OH) She entered the novitiate of SND in Reading,(Cincinnati) OH, professed 12 Aug 1909. She died 24 Aug 1981 in Reading OH Motherhouse. I remember her as she was teaching Biology at Emmanual College in Boston MA. The sisters in Reading don’t know much about her since she was so long in MA. I would love to know more about her, where she received her education and the different roles she had in her time in SND convent in Boston. Or anything else you might have about her. Several of her sibling sisters were also SND nuns in the Ohio Province, which is why she came back to Ohio when she retired.

  2. I was trying to locate a duster virginia st john she was at the mother house at waltham many years ago

    • Dear Ann,
      I will check and reply to you through my work email.

  3. I am trying to find Sr. Marie Cecilia . Sister taught at St. Patrick’s School in Lowell MA in the 1950-1960. I wrote to her several years after graduation but lost track.
    Thank you, Stay Safe and God Bless.

    • Dear Ann, I will send you the info via my work email.

  4. Dear Ann,
    I am trying to locate archive records for my grandmother Eileen English, who attended the boarding school in Namur, Belgium in the 1890s. Several of her sisters were at the school with her. They had been sent from Ireland. Is there any possibility records still exist for that time? Thank you so much!
    Elizabeth McHugh

  5. Good morning. I recently came upon this site for the Sisters of Notre Dame’s Archives and am trying to locate any archival records for my mother Mary Niland (Page) who attended St. James School from 1917-1929. I notice there are some records for those years still in existence and I am wondering how I might see what information on her might be in them. I have a photograph of her class (taken in front of St. James School) dated from about 1920 which I would like to share also.Any assistance you might be able to provide would be very much appreciated.
    Robert Page

  6. Dear Ann:
    I am attempting to find any records concerning my great grandmother, Susan Waters, who attended the Berkeley Street Sisters of Notre Dame de Nur school on the corner of St. James and Berkeley Streets in Boston. Susan Waters was born in 1852. Thank you

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