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Louis L. McAllister Photographs

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Louis L. McAllister photographed people and places near Burlington, Vermont for 60 years. He was born in Columbus, Nebraska on October 16, 1876, the son of Julius S. McAllister (born 1841 in Lincoln, VT) and Rosette Gould (born in Vermont in 1851). Julius McAllister worked as a photographer and dentist in Washington D.C., Bristol, Vermont and Columbus, Nebraska. Around 1895, Julius, his third wife Amy, and their children left Nebraska for the Union Soldiers’ Colony in Fitzgerald, Georgia. By 1900, Julius and Amy were divorced, and Amy and her stepson Louis were working as photographers in Thomasville, Georgia.

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Louis L. McAllister Photographs

Published:  November 19, 2007,  University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Special Collections

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Title:   Mt. St. Mary's Convent

Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

Date:  1956-1957; 1956-1957

Seven women, very likely at the beginning or perhaps the end of their novitiate with the Sisters of Mercy. Each holds a white candle and wears the white veil of a novice. The novitiate is a period of preparation and discernment, at least a year long, prior to making a temporary profession, the first of a series of vows to a religious community. Dated 1956 / 1957.

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    Title:   Mt. St. Mary's Convent

    Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

    Date:  1955; 1955

    10 Sisters of Mercy, gathered before a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, perhaps near Mount St. Mary's. Dated 1955.

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      Title:   Mt. St. Mary's Convent

      Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

      Date:  1957; 1957

      Seven women, very likely at the beginning or perhaps the end of their novitiate with the Sisters of Mercy. Each holds a white candle and wears the white veil of a novice. The novitiate is a period of preparation and discernment, at least a year long, prior to making a temporary profession, the first of a series of vows to a religious community. Dated 1957.

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        Title:   Mt. St. Mary's Convent

        Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

        Date:  1955; 1955

        Photo designed (perhaps for promotional purposes) to show the three stages of a vocation to religious life with the Sisters of Mercy: postulant (black lace hairpiece); novice (habit with white veil); and sister (habit with black veil). Dated 1955.

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          Title:   Mt. St. Mary's Convent

          Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

          Date:  1955; 1955

          1955 photo of a Sister of Mercy frosting a cake in a large kitchen at Mount St. Mary's Convent.

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            Title:   Mt. St. Mary's Convent

            Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

            Date:  1961; 1961

            13 Sisters of Mercy gathered in a room at the convent or perhaps Trinity College (exact location unknown). Sisters of Mercy were founded in Ireland in 1831 by Mother Catherine McAuley and have been active in Vermont since 1872. Photo dated 1961. Photo #8?

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              Title:   Mt. St. Mary's Convent

              Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

              Date:  undated; undated

              Sisters of Mercy, seated in two rows on school stage, with Fr. Raymond A. Adams, principal of Cathedral High School. This photo dates probably from the mid- to late 1950s. Fr. Adams was there either because he was their principal (i.e. the sisters were teachers) or because he served as chaplain at Mount St. Mary's.

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                Title:   Mt. St. Mary's Convent

                Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                Date:  1955; 1955

                Classroom scene at Mt. St. Mary's, with both novices and postulants present, listening to instruction from a Sister of Mercy. (Some of the tall conifers on the campus can be seen through the windows.) Dated 1955.

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                  Title:   Mt. St. Mary's Convent

                  Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                  Date:  1955; 1955

                  Sister of Mercy, perhaps a novice, preparing altar cloths in the sacristy for Mass. Also in the photo are a chalice, some vestments (far right), and a page of prayers in Latin (Orationes) that a priest would recite while vesting. Dated 1955.

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                    Title:   Mt. St. Mary's Convent

                    Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                    Date:  1960; 1960

                    Six Sisters of Mercy in the garden near the convent, perhaps novices, as indicated by the white veil, or professed sisters wearing cooler summer wear. Photo #28. Dated 1960.

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                      Title:   Mt. St. Mary's Convent

                      Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                      Date:  1960; 1960

                      Six Sisters of Mercy in the garden near the convent, perhaps novices, as indicated by the white veil, or professed sisters wearing cooler summer wear. Photo #29. Dated 1960.

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                        Title:   Mt. St. Mary's Convent

                        Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                        Date:  1960; 1960

                        Six Sisters of Mercy gathered before a shrine dedicated to Mary, Queen of the Assumption. These women may still be in the novitiate, or celebrating the end of it. Location is unknown but presumably on the grounds of Mount St. Mary's. Photo #26. Dated 1960.

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                          Title:   Mt. St. Mary's Convent

                          Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                          Date:  1961; 1961

                          Five Sisters of Mercy, outside the convent, enjoying a sunny day. Photo #2. Dated 1961.

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                            Title:   Mt. St. Mary's Convent

                            Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                            Date:  undated; undated

                            "Cathedral Grammar School" [sic]. Sisters of Mercy recessing in the Sacred Heart Chapel after mass presumably, with novices in front, one of whom is carrying the cross. The convent was built between 1885 and 1890, in mostly Victorian and French Second Empire styles. The architect remains unknown. The number of residents peaked in 1964 (182) but fell to 43 in 1996 (Blow et al., Historic Guide, II: 65-66).

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                              Title:   Mt. St. Mary's Convent

                              Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                              Date:  undated; undated

                              A Sister of Mercy kneeling at the Communion railing in the Sacred Heart Chapel at Mount St. Mary's. Built in the late 1880s, the convent would accommodate as many as 182 professed sisters, novices, and postulants affiliated with the Sisters of Mercy. The chapel features a broad, tiled center aisle, with pews on either side facing each other for antiphonal chanting. The sanctuary is a study in symmetry, with Gothic-arched stained-glass windows and arched passageways on either side of the altar. The abundance of polished white marble and/or granite shows that the Sisters spared no expense in creating an atmosphere of reverence for generations to come. Photo #1. Undated.

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                                Title:   Mt. St. Mary's Convent

                                Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                                Date:  undated; undated

                                Seven Sisters of Mercy enjoying the snow on the grounds near the convent, in front of a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Three sisters are seated on a toboggan while one pulls; others are either on skis or holding them.

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                                  Title:   Mt. St. Mary's Convent - Music

                                  Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                                  Date:  1958; 1958

                                  1958 photo of nuns seated in the auditorium at Mount St. Mary's Convent. Phonograph records lie on a table in the foreground, as does an Autoharp. This may be a presentation designed to help the sisters learn music better. Religious orders represented here include the Sisters of Mercy and the Sisters of Charity of Providence (with the balloon-shaped headdress).

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                                    Title:   Mt. St. Mary's Convent - Music

                                    Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                                    Date:  1958; 1958

                                    1958 photo of nuns of Mount St. Mary's Convent gathered together with their music director for a music making session. Phonograph records, record players, bells and other musical instruments lie on a table in the foreground. Photo #3. Religious orders represented here include the Sisters of Mercy and the Sisters of Charity of Providence (with the balloon-shaped headdress), and perhaps a third, wearing the white habit and black veil. One sister holds a poster with number sequences that correspond to familiar note patterns, including "do-re-mi," the musical scale, and the arpeggio.

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                                      Title:   Mt. St. Mary's Convent - Music

                                      Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                                      Date:  1958; 1958

                                      1958 photo of nuns of Mount St. Mary's Convent seated in the auditorium for a music session. Religious orders represented here include the Sisters of Mercy and the Sisters of Charity of Providence (with the balloon-shaped headdress). Photo #2.

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                                        Title:   Portraits, Religious Sisters [Nuns], Unidentified

                                        Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                                        Date:  undated

                                        Resource type:   photographs

                                        Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                        Nuns of Mount St. Mary's Academy in Burlington, Vermont.

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                                          Title:   Portraits, Religious Sisters [Nuns], Unidentified

                                          Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                                          Date:  undated

                                          Resource type:   photographs

                                          Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                          Six Sisters of Mercy gathered outside the convent. See also dated photo of 1959 mcalB13F10i05

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                                            Title:   Portraits, Religious Sisters [Nuns], Unidentified

                                            Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                                            Date:  undated

                                            Resource type:   photographs

                                            Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                            Photo of six nuns outside near an arbor or trellis. They may be associated with Trinity College, Burlington, Vermont.

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                                              Title:   Portraits, Religious Sisters [Nuns], Unidentified

                                              Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                                              Date:  undated

                                              Resource type:   photographs

                                              Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                              Six nuns stand outside on either side of shrine to the Queen of the Assumption. Mount St. Mary's Convent? Photo #27. See also mcalB13F11i08 dated 1960.

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                                                Title:   Portraits, Religious Sisters [Nuns], Unidentified

                                                Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                                                Date:  undated

                                                Resource type:   photographs

                                                Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                                Photo of six nuns outside near an arbor or trellis. They may be associated with Trinity College, Burlington, Vermont.

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                                                  Title:   Portraits, Religious Sisters [Nuns], Unidentified

                                                  Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                                                  Date:  undated

                                                  Resource type:   photographs

                                                  Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                                  Photo of five nuns outside near an arbor or trellis in a garden. They may be associated with Trinity College, Burlington, Vermont. See also mcalB13F09i09 dated 1958.

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