Note: At present, only finding aids for Hope congregation are available on a digital searchable content management system. Finding aids from the closed congregations are still in physical form.
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H100 Foundation History
The collection contains records relating to the foundation of the Dominican Sisters of Hope, established in 1995. The Congregation of Hope was founded by the members of the three former congregations: Dominican Sisters of the Sick Poor, Ossining, NY; Dominican Sisters The Most Holy Rosary, Newburgh, NY; Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena, Fall River, MA. These include correspondence, meeting minutes, position applications, and presentations.
This collection contains official records from members of council including the prioress and various other members since the founding of Hope in 1995 to the present. The collection contains records on annual Assemblies of the Sisters, Chapters, records from the Administration of the organization, and records specifically pertaining to the term of each Prioress. The collection is split up into 9 series. This collection is accessible to staff only. Request for records could be made by filling a record request form.
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This collection contains various records directly related to the Hope Congregation, divided into 5 series: Properties, Programs and Events, Vocation, Formation, and Associates. These series cover each aspect of the Hope congregation and their life at the Mariandale center. These records include sales reports, tax documents, property records, photographs, meeting minutes, and administrative files. This collection is accessible to staff only. Request for records could be made by filling a record request form.
This collection contains records from all the sisters who are members of the Dominican Sisters of Hope. The collections include members of the former Newburgh Dominicans, Fall River Dominicans and Ossining Dominican Communities that came together to become the new Hope Congregation. Sisters part of the previous congregations that did not come to Hope are not included in this collection. The Sisters work and minister in various ways including community organizing, social work, education, nursing, environmental advocacy, and retreat ministry. The records include their personal papers, publications, artistic work, photographs, diplomas, ministry history, etc. Folders containing confidential information and the folders of living Sisters are not accessible.
Dominican women participate in the living tradition of the Order of Preachers to preach and to proclaim the Word of God with truth, mercy and compassion. Constitution #26. We do this in a variety of ways as stated above.
The collection contains records of the former and current ministries of the Dominican Sisters of Hope. It also contains some records pertinent to ministries of any of the three former Congregations: DSSP, Fall River, and Newburgh, which have been received into the Archives of the Dominican Sisters of Hope since their inception in 1995.
H600 Special Collections
This collection is reserved for special projects taken on by the Dominican sisters of Hope Mission Promotion department. These projects are short term endeavors. Special collection projects are different from ministries undertaken by the sisters. They are for a limited time and are generally are not funded.
The Departments collection is divided into series for each primary department involved in administering the Mariandale Center where the Dominican Sisters of Hope are based. Each series contains records pertaining to that specific department. This collection is accessible to staff only. Request for records could be made by filling a record request form.
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This collection contains records of organizations that are related to the Dominican Sisters of Hope. These organizations are the Northeast Dominicans (NED) now known as OPSCC, or Dominican Sisters in committed collaboration, REALM consulting group and Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). The records include reports, meeting minutes, newsletters, programs/schedules, and news clippings. This collection is accessible to staff only. Request for records could be made by filling a record request form.
H900 Ministry Trust
The Ministry Trust was a grant issuing organization established by the Dominican Sisters of the Sick Poor, Ossining. The trust was established as a working fund to support sisters’ expenses. Eventually it was put into a trust to be used for the poor. In 1995 trust got absorbed by the Dominican Sisters of Hope and was later transferred to the Westchester Community Foundation. The collection dates back to 1976 and contains corporate, legal, administrative, and financial records; grant information, reports, evaluations, minutes and correspondence. This collection is generally accessible to staff only, though specific requests can be made to view records.
H1000 Ministry Fund
The Ministry Fund had its beginning with the Dominican Sisters of Newburgh, NY. This fund was set up for the purpose of allowing sisters to support their ministry. The Ministry Fund is now managed by the Hope congregation. The collection contains administrative records; records of the Ministry Fund Committee, including members, minutes, grant reviews, lists of grants awarded, award letters and applications for Ministry Fund grants. This collection is accessible to staff only. Request for records could be made by filling a record request form.
H1100 Mixed Media/Artifacts
This collection contains physical objects and all physical versions of media. The media and objects contained are all related to the lives of the Dominican Sisters of Hope and the history of the current and prior congregations. Records include physical objects (artifacts, paintings), audio recordings (CDs,cassette tapes), photographs, and moving images (VHS tapes, video on CDs, camcorder tapes). Also included in the collection are artifacts from the Holy Land acquired by the congregation, some dating back to …BC.
H1200 Oversized Materials
This collection contains oversized diplomas and other oversized certificates, which were bestowed on members of the Dominican Sisters of Hope. It also contains large maps, blue pints and large photographs and paintings.
Physical Access, Use, and Duplication:
External researchers who wish to use the Archives on-site must submit a completed research request form. The Archives reserve the right to deny requests by external researchers for duplication services and on-site use.
The following rules apply to all internal and external, on-site researchers:
Access to restricted archival collections or restricted portions of collections is limited to Archives staff, the Prioress or her designees, and the creators of those collections.
No archival materials may be borrowed or removed from the premises.
Only Archives staff may make facsimiles of archival materials (photographs, photocopies, scans, CDs, DVDs, or other digital or analog replicas).
The Archives reserve the right to refuse to duplicate materials for internal or external researchers, excepting the Prioress and her designees.
Researchers must abide by all “Reading Room Rules” of the DSOH Archives. (Rules are available in the Archives.)