The Nurturing Network collection of the Sisters of Life, 1991-2007
The Nurturing Network board meeting materials, including minutes and reports; annual reports; audio and video recordings; printed materials; and correspondence, notes, and drafts of contracts between The Nurturing Network and the Sisters of Life concerning the sharing of counseling techniques for pregnant women.
- Sisters of Life (Organization)
Language of Materials
Materials in English.
Access. Collection is open for research with the exception of materials containing the names of The Nurturing Network clients, which are closed for 80 years to protect their privacy. Researchers must contact Research Services for access to audiovisual material.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by the Sisters of Life is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in the papers created by The Nurturing Network as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
Extent1.04 linear feet ((2+1/2 file boxes) plus 8 audiotapes, 4 videotapes, 1 DVD)
The Nurturing Network collection of the Sisters of Life contains The Nurturing Network board meeting materials, including minutes and reports; annual reports; printed materials; and correspondence, notes, and drafts of contracts between The Nurturing Network and the Sisters of Life concerning the sharing of counseling techniques for pregnant women. Also included are audio and video recording of trainings and speeches by Mary Cunningham Agee and audio recordings of The Nurturing Network meetings.
The Sisters of Life were founded by Cardinal John O'Connor in New York in 1991 and received formal approbation as a religious institute in 2004, under Cardinal Edward Egan. They are a Roman Catholic community of women religious who profess the three traditional vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, and a fourth vow to protect and enhance the sacredness of human life. They currently serve in the archdioceses of New York, Bridgeport, Philadelphia, Denver, Washington, DC, and Toronto, Canada. In 2002, they entered a partnership with The Nurturing Network, an organization founded by Mary Cunningham Agee to assist women experiencing crisis pregnancies. With the partnership, The Nurturing Network counseling techniques were incorporated into services the Sisters of Life provide to pregnant women.
Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Accession number: 2021-M162
The Nurturing Network collection of the Sisters of Life was given to the Schlesinger Library by the Sisters of Life in August 2021.
Processed: September 2023
By: Johanna Carll
The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit. Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
- Sisters of Life. The Nurturing Network collection of the Sisters of Life, 1991-2007: A Finding Aid
- Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
- Language of description
- Processing of this collection was made possible by the Alice Jeannette Ward Fund.
- EAD ID
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