Society of Saint Edmund General Chapter, 1843-2010 | Saint Michael's College Archives & Special Collections
Scope and Contents: This record group includes records of all Chapters, including Chapters of affairs, extraordinary chapters and renewal chapters. These records are arranged into series by Chapter date, regardless of type of chapter. Each chapter sets its own agenda and its own rule governing the chapter itself. Most business of a particular chapter is concluded during the chapter, although some things are revisited at later chapters. The records of a particular chapter provide good insight into what was actually happening at a given time in the Society, as well as somewhat setting forth ideas of what was to come. The records from the earliest Chapters are usually little more than the chapter reports, but beginning with the 1946 chapter, planning and supporting documents appear. Two additional series are convocations and AV material. The Convocation series is also arranged chronologically. Although these periodic, reflective meetings are not officially a part of the chapter, they are often called to discuss issues that will be presented at the next chapter, or were brought up at the past one. They were included with the General Chapter Record Group on the recommendation of the Superior General Myhalyk. The AV series is arranged by date, and includes audiotapes of chapter proceedings.