Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament papers

Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament papers

Creator Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament
Description Collection documents the missions and missionary work of Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, formally known as Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Indians and Colored People. Of note are documents related to two African American high schools operated by the order. St. Francis de Sales at Mt. Pleasant, a high school for young black women opened in 1893 and St. Emma Military Academy, in Belmead, a school for young black men, opened in 1895. The schools closed in 1970, largely because of the desegregation of public schools in Virginia. The collection also includes the papers of the Francis A. Drexel Family 1858-1945; the writings of St. Katherine Drexel; photographs and glass lantern slides of both schools and Saint Katherine. Saint Katharine Drexel papers include documentation about the only African American Roman Catholic college in the country, Xavier University of Louisiana, which she founded.
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Date from 1858
Date to current
Geographic school Powhatan County
Access restrictions yes/no no
Access restrictions Y
Part Of larger collection yes/no no
Larger collection title
Repository Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament
Repository address St. Catherine Building, 1663 Bristol Pike, Bensaelm, PA 19020
Repository contact name Stephanie Morris
Repository contact title Director, Archives
Repository contact email
Repository contact phone (215) 244-9900 ext. 352
DoveRegion (outside of Virginia)
Subjects o    African American students

o    Private schools

Types o    Diaries

o    Financial records

o    Oral History

o    Organizational Records

o    Photographs

o    Speeches

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