MISSION

The Dominican Sisters of Houston Archives collects, describes, preserves, protects, and makes available for research materials documenting the ministry and legacy of the Dominican Sisters of Houston and its participation in the global mission of the Church and betterment of the world.

Novices and Postulants in the Motherhouse chapel, Houston, Texas, 1964

ABOUT THE ARCHIVES

The archives is the official repository for all non-current assets of administrative, legal, financial, and historical value created by or about the Dominican Sisters of Houston. Materials document the history and development of the Dominican Sisters of Houston, its members, and the peoples and communities they serve. Materials are collected and preserved not only to save and protect organizational vital records, but also to maintain a sense of the history and charism of the Dominican Sisters of Houston.

Archival materials include written and digital reports, handbooks, annals, office publications, pamphlets, posters, photographs, audiovisual materials, personal memoirs, artifacts, theses and dissertations, and books published by the Dominican Sisters of Houston and its members.

Teachers at St. Agnes Academy, 1916-1917

OUR RECORD GROUPS

  • Foundational History
    • Materials relate to the founding of the Dominican Sisters of Houston and its early history. The Congregation was originally founded in Columbus, Ohio, in 1874. Records include foundational and corporate documents, unpublished histories, early customs and ceremonials, cemetery records, and annal and vow books. Restrictions may apply.
  • Government
    • Materials relate to the governing on the Dominican Sisters of Houston. This includes records related to Chapters, various assemblies, taskforces and committees, Council, official reports and legal documents. Restrictions may apply.
  • Membership
    • Materials related to all sisters who are, or have been, members of the Dominican Sisters of Houston. Records are kept on each sister, whether deceased, active, or withdrawn. Creative works such as poems, books, speeches, etc., by sisters are also included. Sisters’ dissertations and directories may also be found here. Restrictions may apply.
  • Departments
    • Departmental records include records specific to each department within the Dominican Sisters of Houston’s administrative offices including the financial, development and advancement, wellness and community life, and human resources offices. Restrictions may apply.
  • Properties
    • These records concern properties owned by the Dominican Sisters of Houston. Restrictions may apply.
  • Ministries, Works, and Missions
    • These records consist of annals, reports, correspondence, programs, photographs, and narratives related to the Dominican Sisters of Houston’s ministry activities. Since 1874, the sisters have ministered as educators, health care providers, activists, and much more. Restrictions may apply
  • Special Events and Celebrations
    • Materials in this group consist of liturgy programs, meeting minutes and agendas, correspondence, invitations, and photographs related to especial events held by the Dominican Sisters of Houston. Such events include receptions and professions, sisters’ and congregational jubilees, award ceremonies, retreats, and reunions. Restrictions may apply.
  • Publications
    • These records consist of newsletters and periodicals published by the Dominican Sisters of Houston. Restrictions may apply.
  • Correspondence with Clergy and other Congregations
    • These records consist of report and correspondence between the Dominican Sisters of Houston and other Catholic religious groups including various members of the clergy, other Dominican congregations, the Vatican, Dioceses, LCWR (Leadership Conference of Women Religious), and CMSW (Conference of Major Superiors of Women). Records of the Dominican Alumnae Association are also housed here. Restrictions may apply.
  • Images
    • These materials consist of prints, photographs, slides, and photo and scrapbook albums created and about the Dominican Sisters of Houston. Restrictions may apply.
  • Artifacts
    • Artifacts relate to the history of the Dominican Sisters of Houston and include awards, works of art, habits and rosaries, relics, and items from convents and schools. Restrictions may apply.
  • Audiovisual
    • Audiovisual materials include CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, cassette tapes, and digital recordings of sisters and events hosted by the Dominican Sisters of Houston. Restrictions may apply.

Please note, these materials are continuing to be processed. As collections are completed, individual finding aids will be posted. For further information about our holdings, please contact the archives.

ACCESS AND RESTRICTIONS

For information about access and restrictions to certain materials see the ACCESS POLICY. For more detailed information, please consult the archivist.
Please note, permission to access does not necessarily include permission to publish. Please submit a REQUEST TO PUBLISH form when appropriate. For questions about this, please consult the archivist.


VOLUNTEER WITH US

Come develop your archival skills while preserving the legacy of the Dominican Sisters of Houston. No previous experience needed! Volunteers may range from college students to retirees and should be able to commit at least one hour of work per week. If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities at the archives, please contact the archivist, Laura Grove, at lgrove@domhou.org.

Please note, the Dominican Sisters of Houston Archives is not currently accepting volunteers due to continued concerns surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak.

Former Archivist, Sr. Amelia Acker (right) with Lisa May (left), archivist of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, at the Dominican Sisters of Houston Archives.

CONTACT OR VISIT US

The Dominican Sisters of Houston Archives is open to outside researchers by appointment only. Appointments must be made at least 48 hours prior to the desired date. Researchers wishing to visit the Archives in person must also submit a RESEARCH REQUEST FORM prior to the scheduled appointment. Researchers should also review the READING ROOM RULES prior to their in-person visit. These rules apply to both internal and external researchers.

Please note that due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the archives can only accommodate one researcher per day. Researchers will be required to wear a mask when walking through the administration building and should bring proof of vaccination. This is in accordance with the Dominican Sisters of Houston’s current COVID-19 policy. This policy is subject to change.

If you are unable to visit the archives in person, please reach out with your question via email or phone. Simple research requests can be completed by the archivist in this way. Questions that require in-depth research require an in-person appointment.

For questions regarding access or to make an appointment, please contact Laura Grove at lgrove@domhou.org or at 713-440-3709.

HOURS AND LOCATION

The archives is open Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-3:30 pm, and located in the administrative building on the Motherhouse grounds at:
6501 Almeda Rd.
Houston, TX 77021