Oral History Program

Oral History Program 

Communities of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas have been intermittently collecting oral histories of their member’s lives and early memories since the 1970s. In 2017 the Archives of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas initiated an Oral History Program to document existing historical gaps in the archival collections through the personal accounts of women religious. The Oral History Program’s function is to support the Archives’ mission to illustrate the vibrant and relevant impact of the Sisters of Mercy on the changing needs of our times, and to inspire visitors to make personal commitments to similar values.  

The Archives of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas holds over 900 oral history interviews in a variety of formats, covering such topics as: vocations, ministry histories, community foundings, changes Women Religious experienced after Vatican II, sister innovators, and social justice initiatives.  

The interviews can be browsed through our collections’ finding aids and made available, depending on format, with advanced notice. 

Further questions related to the Oral History Program can be directed to: Emily Reed-Jordan, Digital and Audiovisual Records Archivist.

 

A Sampling of Our Holdings 

Institute Chapter 2017 Oral History Project 

Associate Assembly 2017 Oral History Project 

Northeast Assembly 2018 Oral History Project 

Sister Sue Weetenkamp SouthCentral Oral History Project