Archives On Display

“Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places, where other people see nothing.” — Camille Pissaro

It is no secret that we are proud of our Archives collection. This month, we are pleased to have some of the Archives’ artifacts on display here at Rivier University.  We invite you to stop by the Regina Library, and take a look!IMG_20180403_083408758


Classic Style

“Style is an accessory to substance.”–unknown

Spend some time in the Archives, and you’re guaranteed to make unexpected discoveries.  While searching for another artifact entirely, we came across these Rivier-themed “fashion extras” from years ago:


Rivier Hats
Assorted Rivier College hats and beanies, c. 1940-1950. Back in the early years of the college, prior to Vatican II, females attending Mass were required to cover their heads.  According to Archivist Sister Lorraine Arsenault, these hats were kept at Resurrection Chapel, for any student who had forgotten her veil.
“Key” pin and matching earrings, with Rivier seal, c. 1956-1960. Purchased from Phillip Morris Store, Main Street, Nashua. Donated by Sandra Axton, class of 1960

A Familiar Ring

“All that is gold does not glitter / Not all those who wander are lost / The old that is strong does not wither / Deep roots are not reached by the frost.” — J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

The class ring seems to be one of those things that seniors get excited about, wear for a while, and then put away.  Nonetheless, it’s a unique sort of keepsake. It tells a story about the wearer:  their alma mater,  perhaps their profession, sometimes a favorite quotation….and it signifies the achievement of a college education.

Do you have a class ring?  Find it and take a good look at it.  Maybe it will bring back some fond memories for you, or remind you of a graduation goal you still have to achieve.  If you’re so inclined, go ahead and wear it today…. perhaps you’ll make a new connection with someone who notices and remarks about it.

Below are two examples of Rivier class rings from decades ago:

Rivier College class ring, 1957. Donated to the Archives by Marcelle Chenard, ’57
Rivier College class ring, 1965. Donated to the Archives by Sr. Joan Joyal, ’65

Orientation week

“Life is either a great adventure, or nothing.” –Helen Keller

We’re welcoming our new students for Orientation this week.  Here’s where our incoming students will get to know one another,  meet the faculty,  get familiar with our campus, and get a taste of dorm life before it all begins in earnest this fall.

Judging from the expressions on their faces, these young adults are feeling a mixture of excitement, nervousness, and perhaps fatigue (they’re learning the challenges of getting a good night’s sleep in a dormitory, after all).  Ideally,  they will gain confidence through this experience, and go home for the summer knowing that this is the right place for them for the next four years.

In the spirit of Orientation week, here are some “New Student” relics from our past:

Rivier Student Handbook and Resident Information Guide, 1969
Buttons for incoming Freshman Orientation, c. 1990
Blessed Anne-Marie Rivier, Sisters of the Presentation of Mary, Uncategorized

“My Daughters will One Day Cross The Seas…”

img_20170201_104907173Rivier University is named in honor of Blessed Anne Marie Rivier, foundress of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary.  Upon founding the order, she proclaimed that “My Daughters will One Day Cross the Seas.”  Today, The Sisters of the Presentation of Mary are found all over the world.

Pictured: Sr. Lorraine Arsenault, p.m., Archivist, displays a silkscreen depicting all the countries in which the Sisters are present.