Loreto Central Archives holds those records of enduring value which document the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, (Loreto Sisters) founded by Frances Teresa Ball, in 1821.


Constitutions, handwritten by M. Teresa Ball during her time in York,and brought to Dublin in 1821.

The collections tell the story of the foundation, growth and development of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary from its foundation by Frances Teresa Ball, in Rathfarnham, Dublin in 1821.



The Generalate collection, contains the records of business conducted by Mother General and their Councils, and with members of General Congregations. Some letters and accounts from the Provinces; India, Canada, Mauritius, Gibraltar, England, Spain, Australia, Africa and Peru, are also held by Loreto Central Archives.

The Irish Province collection, contains documents regarding the administration of the Irish province, community annals, correspondence of Provincial Superiors and other material.


articles of members

(Decorated) vows of M. Teresa Ball, vows of M. Ignatia Arthur and beads worn by M. Baptist Therry; first 3 members of IBVM Ireland

The Central Archives does not as a rule hold the records from Loreto Schools.


Loreto Central Archives, 55 St Stephens Green, Dublin 2

Opening hours:

Researchers are welcome, by prior appointment only from Monday – Friday.

Contact Details: archives@loreto.ie