ACWR a national organization of approximately 350 members, was born out of awareness that religious archives are unique. A separate organization was needed to address their issues. The first meeting, initiated by a small group of women religious, was held as a roundtable at the 1990 Conference of the Society of American Archivists.

ACWR is open to archivists of women’s religious congregations, historians of women’s history, and anyone supportive of its mission. An executive board sets policy for the organization and carries out its operations. ACWR depends on donations from individuals and congregations to cover expenses.

Mentor Program

Testimonial from ACWR Past President and Mentor, Mary Ann Gschwind, fspa:

“There is no need for any new Archivist to be on her own when experienced archivists are more than willing to be mentors. We are here for each other. Blessings as you continue your vital ministry in your congregations!”

If you are a member who is either interested in becoming a mentor or would like to seek out a mentor in your area, please contact the ACWR National Office by email (archivistsacwr@gmail.com) or mail (ACWR National Office, 5900 Delhi Road, Mt. St. Joseph, OH 45051).


Members, we thank you for your generous support through the years. We have set up this link for those of you who would like to make a donation. Thank you!

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The Sisters of the Precious Blood in Dayton, Ohio are seeking a professionally trained Archivist who would function as Assistant Archivist in preparation to transition into the position of Archivist.  Preference will be given to candidates with training in Archival work as a career. The ideal candidate would have a Master’s degree in archival work […]

Part Time Archivist Position

SISTERS OF THE LIVING WORD Part Time Archivist (16 hrs.), Arlington Heights, IL       Collect, process and preserve records and historical documents for closed collection. The content of the archives includes documents which preserve the sense of history, heritage, spirit and charism of the Sisters of the Living Word. Develop, maintain and update a system for […]