Welcome to Alexian Brothers Provincial Archives


The year 1973 was significant in the annals of the Alexian Brothers because it marked the beginning of a three year project to research and write the history of the Congregation. To prepare for this important undertaking, Brother Gregory Isenhart was appointed Provincial Archivist for the Immaculate Conception Province, and he deserves much credit for the basis on which the present Provincial Archives is built.

Modern archives are generally defined as a repository for records generated by an organization as the result of its operation and function. For an archives to be complete and useful, it must include all such records that provide the history of the organization. Here the term "history" does not refer to a series of dates and events but the day to day records that tell how an institution and its component parts originated, developed, and functioned. In other words, the documentation of its life.

Our collection consists of both the religious and corporate aspects of the organization, including but not limited to correspondence, minutes, reports, manuals and guides, publications, external publicity, and photographs. A valuable adjunct to the archives is the Ministry Museum. The artifacts presented in exhibits on Alexian Brothers Heritage, Spirituality, and Ministry make the records come alive. These objects have been gathered from Alexian Brothers facilities, particularly from the Chicago, St. Louis, and Elizabeth hospitals.

Please take some time to explore this section and learn more about the ancient and exciting history of the Alexian Brothers!