Federation of Communities in Service (FOCIS) Records
Scope and Contents
The Federation of Communities in Service Records consist of bylaws, minutes, financial statements, various correspondence, news clippings, scrapbooks, photographs, research files, grant materials, recordings, and miscellaneous printed matter and ephemera documenting the development and history of FOCIS. Early Glenmary documents contain information on the work of the order, while other paper materials express why many of the sisters left the order, evident in newspaper clippings and articles.
In addition to the organizational papers, multiple FOCIS projects are listed such as FOCIS ARTS, University Without Walls, Appalachian Community Arts (ACA), Woodland Community Trust, Epworth Ministry, and extensive records maintained by Lenore Mullarney, a former sister and lifelong FOCIS member. Book files and research materials on the FOCIS Book, Mountain Sisters: From Convent to Community in Appalachia, are included. Interviews of the founding members, Catherine Rumschlag, Marie Cirillo, Anne Leibig, Monica Appleby, and Helen Lewis, provide extensive information as to what happened during the “Glenmary Crisis” as well as what the FOCIS mission was.
Photographs catalog major events, especially those in the early to mid-1990s: FOCIS 25th Anniversary, “In Praise of Mountain Women” regional meetings, and the FOCIS book committee. Audio and video recordings include the radio program, “Changing Habits,” as well as various interviews with Marie Cirillo, Anne Leibig, and Catherine Rumschlag.
- Federation of Communities in Service (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
45.25 linear feet (71 boxes, 5 oversized folders, 5 reel-to-reels, 3 LPs, 9 CDs, 17 3 ½ floppy discs, 84 audio cassettes, 5 videotapes, 1,474 photographs (negatives, prints, and slides), 15 photographic scrapbooks)
Language of Materials
The collection is arranged in six series, as follows: Series 1, Glenmary Years Files, 1959-1967 and undated; Series 2, Organizational Records, 1967-2006 and undated; Series 3, Project and Grant Files, 1967-2005 and undated; Series 4, Book Files and Research Materials, 1944-2006 and undated; Series 5, Photographs and Photographic Scrapbooks, 1948-2006; and Series 6, Audio-Visual Materials, 1966-2001 and undated.
Additional materials were donated by Margaret Gregg, Limestone, Tenn., on August 23, 1999, April 12, 2000, and September 13, 2000. Further additions were donated by Monica Appleby, Blacksburg, Va., on March 2, 2002, April 20, 2002, August 23, 2004, August 22, 2005, November 13, 2006, November 30, 2006, and August 18, 2007.
Method of Acquisition
The initial donation of Federation of Communities in Service records was made to the Archives of Appalachia by Kathleen Hutson, Big Stone Gap, Va., on October 27, 1998.
Two commercial recordings were added to the Archives of Appalachia media collection:
- Maureen Linneman Eaton, Times In Between, 1977 (LP)
- Maureen Eaton/Jack Wright, "This Land is Home to Me"/"Springtime in the Mountains Again", 1977 (45rpm)
Julia Cowart and Adam Fletcher processed the collection, which was completed in March 2009.
- Cirillo, Marie, 1929-
- Leibig, Anne
- Mullarney, Lenore
- Rumschlag, Catherine
- Appleby, Monica, 1937-
- Catholic Church--Appalachian Region
- Clinch River Educational Center (Abingdon, Va.)
- Compact discs Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Corporation records Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Federation of Communities in Service
- Glenmary Sisters--History
- Gregg, Margaret, 1940-
- Ledgers (account books) Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Lewis, Helen Matthews
- Negatives (photographic) Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Personal papers Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Phonograph records Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Photographs Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Publications (document genre) Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Scrapbooks Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Slides (photographs) Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Women in church work--Appalachian Region Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Women--Religious Life Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Julia Cowart and Adam Fletcher
- Language of description
- Script of description