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Sisters of the Presentation, San Francisco Administration Records, 1855-1889 (bulk 1860-1880)
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Sisters of the Presentation, San Francisco Administration Records, 1855-1889 (bulk 1860-1880)
    Dates: 1855-1889 (bulk 1860-1880)
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    Extent: 1 linear foot
    Repository: Presentation Archives, Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (PBVM)
    San Francisco, California 94118
    Abstract: The collection contains the records of the business, governance, membership, and community affairs of the governing administration terms for the Sisters of the Presentation, San Francisco from 1855-1889. The Superiors who lead the four administrations during this time were Mother Mary Teresa Comerford, PBVM (1855-1868), Mother Mary Xavier Daly, PBVM (1868-1874), Mother Mary Augustine Phelan, PBVM (1874-1883), and Mother Mary Xavier Daly, PBVM (1883-1889). There are no records from the administration of Mother Mary Joseph Cronin, the first Superior appointed to the San Francisco Sisters of the Presentation in 1854.
    Language of Material: English

    Access

    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 Administration Records, 1855-1889 (bulk 1860-1880). Presentation Archives, Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (PBVM)

    Acquisition Information

    All records were created by the institution.

    Biography/Administrative History

    Presentation Archives preserves, organizes, and makes accessible for research the historical records of the life and activities of the Sisters of the Presentation, San Francisco congregation. The Sisters of the Presentation is a religious order of Roman Catholic Sisters founded in Cork City, Ireland, in 1776, by Nano Nagle. Five sisters from Middleton, County Cork made the first foundation in the United States in San Francisco on November 13, 1854. Within one year, three of the five returned to Ireland and the remaining two, Mother Mary Teresa Comerford and Sister Mary Joseph Cassian established a convent on Powell Street. They operated free schools for girls, including African and Native Americans, from 1857 to 1869. In 1879, an autonomous convent, known as Sacred Heart Convent, was established on Taylor Street. This was followed in 1878 by a convent in Berkeley and Sonoma in 1882. The four houses were amalgamated in 1888, and incorporated into a single entity. The sisters’ ministry focus has historically been education with newer thrusts in areas of social and pastoral ministries. Since 1965, the congregation has participated in hospital, parish and community development work in the United States, and in Central and South America.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection is arranged in the following series: Governance, Property and Finance, School Administration, Correspondence, and clippings. Among the items in the collection are original and copy-correspondence between Mother Mary Teresa Comerford to Archbishop Joseph Sadoc Alemany; an architectural sketch of Presentation Convent, San Francisco (1855); and the Rules and Constitutions that governed the congregation during this period. See the accompanying Guide to the collection for itemized contents and additional collections related to the era of these administrations.

    Indexing Terms

    Catholic Women --Religious Life
    Women--History--19th century
    Education--Catholic
    San Francisco (Calif.)--History
    Pioneers--California
    Comerford, Mary Teresa, 1821-1881
    Alemany, Joseph Sadoc, 1814-1888

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