Providence Archives collects, organizes, preserves, and makes available records and artifacts of enduring and historical value relating to the Sisters of Providence and Providence Health & Services. Over time, that material accumulates and it is the responsibility of the archives staff to know where everything came from, where it is now and why it is important.
The artifacts collection reflects the diversity of the Sister of Providence ministries. Items range from medical equipment to religious statues to artifacts used by sisters over the last century and a half.
For years, the Spokane portion of the collection has been housed in the lower levels of Mount St. Joseph, but a recent reshuffling of offices in the building made it possible to move into empty space on upper levels.
The move was challenging to say the least. But the result, as these before and after photos show, is a transformation. Gone are overcrowded storage spaces. Instead, the artifacts are housed in multiple areas with more room, more shelves, and more workspace for cataloguing, photographing and preserving.
Learn more about the archives and the artifact collection at the archive’s webpage.