Keeping records and archives is a way of giving our testimony as followers of Jesus in Presentation religious life.
The Presentation Sisters Congregational Archives (PSCA) have a state of the art home at Nano Nagle Place, Douglas Street, Cork ( https://nanonagleplace.ie/archive/ ) There is a wealth of information and history of the Congregation dating back to the very beginning of the order in 1775.
Our archives are those records, usually paper, generated and used by Presentation Sisters from the time of Nano Nagle and which need to be preserved indefinitely, because of their enduring value. They represent the collective memory of the Congregation since its foundation. – ‘Presentation Archives: Practical Care of our Future’ by Sr Sheila Kelly, Congregational Archivist 2002
In celebration of the Tercentenary year of the birth of Nano, on 8 June 2018, in an extra-ordinary act of generosity, the Ursuline Sisters in Ireland gifted seven Letters of Nano Nagle – that have been in their possession and carefully held in the Archives of the Ursuline Convent, Blackrock, Co Cork – to the Presentation Sisters. Nano Nagle had a significant role in establishing the first community of Ursuline Sisters in Ireland in 1771. These letters are safely held in the Presentation Sisters Congregational Archives (PSCA).
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To coincide with the Tercentenary year of the birth of Nano Nagle (2018), the Presentation Sisters sponsored a PhD research project with University College Dublin School of Education and UCD Digital Library, which included the digitisation of the entire collection of the Letters of Nano Nagle. This resulted in the first Irish digital reunification of globally-dispersed congregational archives. The digital collection comprises of seventeen manuscript letters; the letters are from Nano Nagle to Eleanor Fitzsimons (later Sr Angela Fitzsimons), an Irish religious novice in Paris, and from Nano Nagle to Teresa Mulally, educator of the poor, in Dublin.
You can access the digital collection at https://digital.ucd.ie/view/ucdlib:153347