General Introduction

The IBVM (Loreto), Institute & Irish Province Archives collects & preserves records of enduring value of the IBVM (Loreto) Generalate and Irish Province, from 1821 to the present day. 

We are committed to sharing and making available these records with the wider community, preserving records of ministry, mission, governance and individual members. 

Our Archives consist of two, separate collections – the IBVM (Loreto), Institute Archives holds records of the administrative history of this branch of Mary Ward’s Institute; i.e. the papers of the Institute Leadership/Generalate, Institute Leaders/Superior Generals, the Institute Leadership Team/General Council, and minutes of General Chapters and Congregations. 

The Archive includes a reference library on Mary Ward and IBVM (Loreto) history.

Visiting the Archives

The Archives are open to researchers by advance appointment from Monday and Wednesday; 09:30 – 13:00, 14:00 – 16:30.


IBVM (Loreto) Archives
55 St Stephen’s Green
Dublin 2

Contact the Archivist

01 662 0158

Please note that our building is not wheelchair accessible.


Introductions to and overviews of the contents of our accessible collections can be accessed on the IAR website.

 Please note that some elements within the collections may not be open to public access.

For further information on any of these collections, please contact the archivist at

Online Collections

In collaboration with UCD Digital Library, and though external funding bodies, some significant IBVM collections, including eye witness accounts of the Easter 1916 Rising and a significant early 20th Century photographic collection have been digitised and are available to view online.