You are here

» Grey Nuns of Montreal collection

Grey Nuns of Montreal collection

Start Date: 
End Date: 
Date Range: 
1947-1971; predominately 1950-1960
Physical Description: 

1.1 m of textual record and graphic material.

Fonds is arranged in three series.
History Biographical: 

The Order of Sisters of Charity of Montreal, formerly called The Order of Sisters of Charity of the Hôpital Général of Montreal and commonly known as the Grey Nuns of Montreal, is a Canadian order of Roman Catholic religious sisters. The order was founded in 1737 by Saint Marguerite d'Youville and three other women. In 1737, the Grey Nuns set up a home for the need and began caring for Montreal's disadvantaged.

The name Grey Nuns was initially given in mockery to the small group of grey nuns. In French the word for grey can also mean 'tipsy' and was used as a slur towards the nuns. Later, when the sisters became more established Marguerite d'Youville chose the name grey nuns to remind the sisters of their humble beginnings.

Scope Content: 

Collection comprises newsletters, yearbooks, and publications from Indian Residential Schools operated by the Grey Nuns. Schools included in this collection include: Fort Smith Indian Residential School, Fort Simpson Indian Residential School, Fort Resolution Indian Residential School, Beauval Indian Residential School, Grollier Hall, Our Lady of Victory Church, and Ile la Crosse Indian Residential School.

Custodial History: 

This collection was given to the SRSC by the archivist at the archives of the Grey Nuns of Montreal. The newsletters and publications are duplicates that remained after the treatment of the IRS fonds in the archive. They were given with the intention of digitization and OCR in order for them to be accessible to researchers online.

Access Restriction: 

No restrictions on access.

Repro Restriction: 

May be restrictions on reproduction depending on fragility of material and copyright restrictions.


Basic conservation performed during processing.

Description Level: