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Sisters of the Presentation, San Francisco Photograph Collection
R2FC8-FC9 and F11.S2-SH2  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Additional collection guides

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Sisters of the Presentation, San Francisco Photograph Collection
    Dates: ca. 1880-
    Collection Number: R2FC8-FC9 and F11.S2-SH2
    Creator/Collector: Sisters of the Presentation
    Extent: 32 record boxes and 64 oversize folders
    Repository: Presentation Archives, Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (PBVM)
    San Francisco, California 94118
    Abstract: Presentation Archives preserves, organizes, and makes accessible for research photographs dating from the 1880s to present. These images serve as a record of the life and activities of the Sisters of the Presentation , a religious order of Roman Catholic sisters founded in Ireland in 1776, and established their first American foundation in San Francisco in 1854. The reach of the Presentation Sisters’ ministries extended throughout California, Washington, New Mexico, and countries in Latin America.
    Language of Material: English


    Collection open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with Presentation Archives. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Archivist at Presentation Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    Sisters of the Presentation, San Francisco Photograph Collection. Presentation Archives, Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (PBVM)

    Acquisition Information

    Most of the photographs were taken by the sisters as a record of their life and activities. There are also photographs taken by different professional photographers who were contracted-for-hire by the Sisters of the Presentation.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Photograph Collection is arranged in the following series: Member Photographs, Ministries, Buildings, and Sisters. The Member Photographs are individual files of photos of living, deceased, and former members of the PBVM, San Francisco community since 1854. The photograph subjects in these files include individual, ministry, family, and others. The photographs in the Ministries Series document the sisters’ educational ministries since 1854; their work in parishes; their ministries to the poor, women, and immigrants; and the missions they established in Latin America (1965- ). The Building Series include convents, schools, churches, novitiates, and properties where the sisters ministered and lived. The Sisters Series includes photographs of sisters in community life and those who served in leadership. Among the featured subjects are schools and convents the sisters taught and lived at; community and parish occasions; and sisters working in their ministries. Early photographs include those of classes of students in the sisters’ schools dating from the 1880s, and ones documenting their experience during the 1906 Earthquake and Fire in San Francisco. Among the professionally done black and white photography from the 1940s-1960s are those of sisters and students at Presentation High School, San Francisco, interior shots of the San Francisco Motherhouse (c. 1920s), and the ceremonies of women receiving their religious habit. The collection also includes oversize and panoramic images of individual student portraits (1937-1942), class photographs, and events (1920s-1940s).

    Indexing Terms

    Catholic Women - Religious Life
    Social Justice - Religious Aspects - Catholic Church
    Missions - Latin America
    San Francisco, California
    Berkeley, California
    Los Angeles, California
    Pecos, New Mexico
    Chiapas, Mexico
    Education - Catholic

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