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Special Collections: CSJ Collection


University Archives & Special Collections collaborates with the CSJ Institute to provide research materials for those interested in the legacy and charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.


The CSJ Collection books are located in the CSJ Institute in the former chapel of the Doheny Mansion. The CSJ Collection papers are housed in the University Archives on Chalon Campus.

Collection Highlights

The research collection offers:

  • Books and pamphlets by and about the CSJs, their academic research, and ministries
  • Artifacts from the room’s history
  • Online transcripts of more than 50 oral histories with CSJs
  • Project documents from research sponsored by the CSJ Institute
  • Online access to foundational documents on the CSJ charism


To make an appointment to visit the CSJ Institute or an inquiry related to the CSJ Collection papers and archival documents, please contact Shannon Green.


Above: Visitors study a papal declaration at the CSJ Institute on the third floor of the Doheny Mansion, a historic space that once was Estelle Doheny’s private chapel. The altar, right, comes from the Barberini family of Renaissance Rome and was used for daily masses for Countess Doheny and later the CSJs in residence. The CSJ Institute offices were christened on October 27, 2017.  


About the CSJ Institute

Spirit of the Founders Research Guide

MSMU Digital Collections

Request materials through the MSMU Libraries Catalog



How do I search for books in the CSJ Collection?


To search for CSJ collection materials, visit the MSMU Libraries Catalog and search for "CSJ Collection." Make sure to include the quotation marks in your search. These books cannot be checked out, so please plan to visit the CSJ Institute in the Doheny Mansion, 3rd floor. For more information, contact Shannon Green, CSJ Institute Director.


Are there any archives regarding the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet?


Yes, the University Archives holds some publications and papers regarding individual CSJs who worked or taught at the Mount. Please contact the university archives and special collections librarian for more information and to make an appointment.


Is any of the CSJ Collection available online?


The University Archives makes available complete transcripts of oral histories with more than 50 CSJ sisters. To access the collection, visit the CSJ Institute - Interview Transcripts.

Recent research projects by Mount faculty and funded by the institute can be viewed at CSJ Institute - Sponsored Research.