The year 2023 marks the 5th edition of International Archives Week and the 75th anniversary of the International Council on Archives (ICA). This week is an opportunity to celebrate all the work carried out by professionals in the field, and to promote the importance of documents and archives in our societies.
During this week, activities are organized around the world to reflect on the role of the organization, created on June 9, 1948 under the aegis of UNESCO, and to initiate discussions on the future of the profession and the organization. It’s also an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the organization since its creation, and to salute the contributions of those who have helped build this solid international professional network.
Within the framework of this week, the International Archives Day is also held on June 9, highlighted since 2009. This day aims to draw the public’s attention to the importance of archives, the benefits of good archiving to establish quality governance and the need for long-term preservation and easy access to archives.
In the world of the SNJM, the interest of the nuns in preserving the documentary heritage must be emphasized, and this has been the case since the beginning of the congregation’s foundation. Thanks to them and to past and present Leadership Teams, the archives of the congregation are rich and continue to grow. Archival and leadership teams from all eras have developed resources to conserve, process, preserve and make accessible the general and provincial archives.
At the Mother House, as in the convents of the community, there was often a room dedicated to the conservation of the archives, adjacent to the office of the superior. And what about the installations and equipment acquired when the archives were relocated to the Congregational House? The general archives as well as those of the Quebec provinces and missions are preserved there in optimal conditions.
Today, despite the winds of change, one fact remains: archival work and the dissemination of the SNJM’s heritage and charisma will be done differently in the future, but will continue.