Religieuses hospitalières de Saint-Joseph de Montréal– Service des archives de la Maison mère

   225, des Pins W Avenue, Montréal (Québec) H2W 1R5
    514-844-3961, ext. 766

Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by appointment only.

Due to limited spaces and the sanitary situation, the on-site consultation service is not available.

The reference service is essentially carried out remotely. Research requests must be sent in writing to the Archives Department (email or post).

The congregation of the Religieuses Hospitalières de Saint-Joseph (RHSJ) was founded by Jérôme LeRoyer de la Dauversière and Marie de la Ferre, in La Flèche, France, on May eighteenth, 1636. Its primary mission was healthcare, to which education was eventually added. The congregation currently maintains a presence in Canada, the United States, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Peru, and France.

The Mother House’s archives bear witness to the community’s activities and to the works of the Religious Hospitaliers of Saint-Joseph through the order’s archives (1659-1949), those of the Montréal Hôtel-Dieu (1656-1964), those of the Mother House (1949 to present day), the Montréal Generalate (1949-1953), the nursing school (1901-1970) and the Auxiliary school (1963-1971) as well as several private fonds.

Time span included in the archives: 1656-today
Technical specifications and maps: approx. 200
Iconographic documents: approx. 300
Text documents:  approx. 150 m.l.
Number of fonds: 9

The collection also includes books from the eighteenth to twentieth centuries concerning spiritual leadership, liturgy, religious (gregorian) chants, piety handbooks, nursing and history textbooks, and reference works.

The archival department of the Mother House of the Religious Hospitaliers of Saint Joseph of Montréal (RHSJ) is responsible for the conservation, evaluation, sorting, treatment, preservation and exploitation of the private archival fonds of the order of Religious Hospitaliers of Saint Joseph of the Hôtel Dieu of Montreal for historical and research purposes.