Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of our frequently asked questions. If you have any further questions, please contact us at


Are the archives open to researchers?

Yes, some of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth collections are open to researchers. Some collections, however, are private.

How do I do research at the archives?

Due to the current COVID-19 issues, the archives are not open to the public. When the archives reopen, the researcher needs to contact the head archivist first to arrange the visit.

I had a relative at a Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Orphanage; do you have records on them?

While the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Archives contains information regarding the history, general operation, and names of the Sisters who served for the orphanages they had charge of all records pertaining to the individual orphans that were sent to the dioceses and archdioceses where the orphanages were located when those institutions closed.

How do I contact a Sister?

You can use this link on the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth website to request to be put in contact with a particular Sister:

Can I request information on a Sister?

If the Sister in question is deceased her files are considered open, although there may be some material within the file that may be closed at the request of said Sister. If a Sister is living, however, we will pass along your contact information and that Sister can reply for herself if she so chooses.