Mission statement of the Archives of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary

To “identify, collect, protect, preserve and make available the records of enduring value of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary”.

Description of the collection

The Archive of the Loreto South Asia Province serves as the repository for India, Bangladesh and Nepal, and reflects the work of the Loreto sisters in South Asia since the time of their first arrival in 1841. The collection comprises Province Council papers, community annals, correspondence related to the schools, newsletters, and some private papers of the sisters.


Loreto House, 7 Middleton Row, Kolkata 700017


Dr. Nilina Deb Lal

Email:[email protected]

Referring to our collection

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Loreto House, Calcutta, the first home of the Loreto sisters in India.

Photograph taken from the magazine “Palm Leaves”, 1904.