The Ursulines’ archives comprise all the archival collections of the monasteries and houses created by the Ursulines of Quebec since 1639. From Roberval to Stanstead, from Jacquet River (New Brunswick) to Maillardville (British Columbia), by way of Gaspé, Amqui, Shawinigan and Anticosti Island, each monastery in the Ursulines of the Canadian Union had an archival service with archivists who carefully preserved the memory of their communities and educational missions.
The mandate of the archives is to acquire, preserve and promote the archival legacy of the Union canadienne des moniales de l’ordre de Sainte-Ursule. In addition to the historical archives, this legacy includes books and publications.
The archives department consists of five archival repositories in three cities: Quebec City, Trois-Rivières and Rimouski. It consolidates the Ursulines’ religious and historical archives, some of which are available to researchers. The archives comprise institutional and private collections that can be divided into three main categories:
- Collections from monasteries, houses and communities (including all the foundations in the former provinces of Quebec City, Trois-Rivières and Rimouski)
- Collections from the nuns’ works in schools, the hospital in Trois-Rivières and pastoral activities
- Nuns’ private collections