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Guide to the Eucharista Galvin Papers

Correspondence and records of Sister Eucharista Galvin relating mainly to her role as President of the College.

Creator: Galvin, Eucharista, 1893-1985
Title: Eucharista Galvin Papers
Dates: 1925-1972 (Bulk, 1930-1945)
Quantity: 0.2 Linear feet (1 half-sized box)

Language: English
Repository: Archives and Special Collections, St. Catherine University Library

Preferred Citation: [Item Description or Folder Title], Eucharista Galvin Papers. St. Catherine University Archives, St. Paul, MN 55105.

Selected Search Terms, Personal Name(s): Galvin, Eucharista, 1893-1985

About Sister Eucharista Galvin

Sister Eucharista Galvin was the second President of the College of St. Catherine. She held the position from 1937 to 1943.

Sister Eucharista was born in Waverly, Minnesota in 1893. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1915 and took her final vows in 1920.

At St. Catherine’s she had studied history, receiving a bachelor’s degree in 1924. From there she went on to the University of Chicago where she earned first a master’s (1925) and later became one of the first sisters to receive a doctorate from Chicago in 1929. That year she started teaching history at St. Catherine’s and took up the duties of the registrar.

Her presidency fell right at the beginning of World War II and she helped to guide the school through the moral difficulties and social responsibilities of wartime. She both supported the United States war efforts and spoke towards restoring peace. During the time of the Japanese internment camps, Sister Eucharista offered Japanese women an opportunity to attend the college as an alternative. Because of her zeal in supporting the war effort and particularly her work with air-raid wardens, Sister Eucharista received a certificate of merit from the 11th Ward out of St. Paul on January 11th, 1943.

During her presidency, she promoted social awareness, expanded the curriculum, and improved the financial standing of the college. She was an advocate of independent thinking and judgment. She also oversaw the reorganization of the Board of Trustees in 1945 and the merger with St. Mary’s School of Nursing.

After serving the maximum six years Sister Eucharista stepped down from the presidency and returned to teaching for two years. She then served as the superior of the St. Paul province of sisters from 1945 to 1951, returned to teach history at the college again and finally was named general superior of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in St. Louis (1954-1966). She later established missions in Japan in 1956 and in Peru in 1962 and worked as a missionary and language teacher in Japan from 1969 to 1973. She died at Bethany Convent in 1985.


The collection contains predominantly correspondence. The letters relate primarily to her work as president, but also cover her role as Mother General and some of her missionary work. Correspondents are a wide variety of persons, including students, alumnae, employees, and organizations. Subjects include business and administrative matters, teaching and advising, and professional letters and announcements. There are also a few select photographs.


Arranged with Sister Eucharista's correspondence as president first, followed by correspondence related to her other professional activities, then correspondence on more personal matters. Photographs are at the end of the collection.


Publication Information

Archives and Special Collections, January 2013
2004 Randolph Ave
St. Paul, MN, 55105

Revision Description

February 2014

Processing Information

The collection was processed and the finding aid written by MLIS graduate assistants Veronica Olson, January 2013, and Andrea Hoff, December 2013.

Separated Materials

  • Materials related to the "Presidential Grove" were removed to the Buildings and Grounds records (D-3).

Detailed Description


Correspondence with students and alumnae from the time Sister Eucharista was Registrar (1929-1937) can be found in the records of the Registrar.


Presidential: General : 1937-1944 : 2 folders
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Presidential: Employees : 1938-1944 : RESTRICTED


Presidential: National Catholic Education Association and National Catholic Welfare Conference : 1937-1948
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Presidential: Transfer of Property : 1938
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Professional: General : 1935-1943
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Professional: Correspondence as CSJ Mother General : 1951-1965


Other: Alumnae Correspondence : 1932-1962


Other: Personal Correspondence : 1938-1972


Other: Student Correspondence : 1937-1964







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St. Paul Library
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105