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In Our Keeping: Dominican Archivists and Historians Conference Records

Identifier: DUMC-C-004

Scope and Contents

The collection, from Series I through Series VII, contains materials collected by Sister Nona McGreal. This includes notes from planning meetings, tentative schedules, correspondence and materials that were saved from the various conferences themselves. The series are arranged on the order of the conferences. These materials were in no discernable order and were organized in this manner for ease of reference. This portion of the collection does not contain many of the detailed materials found in the later collection. Researchers interested in more in-depth materials aboud In Our Keeping conferences held prior to 2008 should refer to the Parable collection, which is also housed in the McGreal Center archives. Beginning with Series VIII, the materials are detailed and contain more comprehensive information concerning budget, planning, scheduling, speakers and attendees. Included in this portion of the collection are copies of keynote speeches, prayers and liturgies. Receipts, travel information, registration forms, meal plans, room assignments and schedules of events and samples of folders are included. The miscellaneous folder contains limited information about the conference that was to be held in 2002 as well as a letter from Sister Nona explaining the reasons for posponing that conference. The folder also contains undated materials from conferences held prior to the 2008 conference that may be of interest to researchers.


  • 1983-01-01 - 2012-06-18

Biographical / Historical

The first In Our Keeping conference took place in 1984 and was sponsored by the Parable Conference for Dominican Life and Mission (now defunct) through 2000. Sister Mary Nona McGreal was active in the creation and implementation of the In Our Keeping Conferences that took place between the years 1984 and 2000. This conference brought together Dominican historians, archivists and researchers in an effort to understand the history of Dominicans in the United States and share the knowledge they had gained through their individual studies and experiences. The conferences also introduced new technologies, books and methods of collecting and preserving the history of the Order of Preachers in the United States. The conferences were originally inteded to take place every two years; however, the conferences took place in the years: 1984, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2008, 2010, and 2012. After the dissolution of the Parable Conference, Sister Janet Welsh, O.P. Director of the Mary Nona McGreal Center took over the responsibility of sponsoring the In Our Keeping conference and held the 2008 In Our Keeping conference on the campus of Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois. Currently the plan is to hold an In Our Keeping conference every two years from this point onward.


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Language of Materials


In Our Keeping: Dominican Archivists and Historians’ Conference Records
Rebecca Damptz, Aaron Reisberg, Cassandra Vazquez, Duncan Mak
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Repository Details

Part of the Mary Nona McGreal, OP Center for Dominican Historical Studies Repository

Dominican University
7900 West Division Street
River Forest IL 60305 USA
(708) 524-6677
(708) 524-6546