Lourdes Slides

Repository: Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

Identity Statement

TitleLourdes Slides
Archive ReferenceIE RCPI/LS
Web Link to this Entryhttps://iar.ie/archive/lourdes-slides
Creation Dates1930s
Level of DescriptionFonds (The whole of the records, regardless of form or medium, organically created and/or accumulated and used by a particular person, family, or corporate body in the course of that creator's activities and functions). (Often, but not always, contiguous with an archives ‘collection’ ).
Extent Medium140 slides

Context

Creator(s): Mason, Thomas Holmes, 1877-1958

  • Administrative History ↴

    The Shrine at Lourdes was founded in 1858 following a series of vision of the Virgin Mary witnessed by Marie Bernarde Soubirous (later Sister Marie-Bernard). Cures occurred at Lourdes from 1858, in 1883 a Medical Bureau (Bureau des Constatations Médicales) was established to examine and certify the cures. The methodology and standards used by the Bureau in identifying and investigating cures have changed over time, but the procedure has remained largely similar. Cures are referred to the Bureau, with further investigations taken if required. Cures are recognised by the Bureau if they can be shown to be 'medically inexplicable'. If a cure is recognised by the Bureau it is passed on to the Bishop of the diocese where the subject lives, who is responsible for the decision making process as to whether the cure is 'miraculous'.
  • Archival History ↴

    Found in the Columban Fathers Central Archives Navan and presented to the RCPI Archives.
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴

    Donation

Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Mason, Thomas Holmes, 1877-1958 ↴

    Series of slides created by Thomas Holmes Mason of Dame Street Dublin, relating to Sanctuary of Our Lady at Lourdes and its healing powers. The majority of the slides show individuals before and/or after their cure at Lourdes. Some have additional details including names, date cured, disease and date of recognition of the cure by the Lourdes Medical Bureau. Most of this text is in French.

    It is not clear when or why the slides were created, but it is possible they were created to illustrate a series of talks on Lourdes and its medical cures and miracles. The slides are marked with letters and numbers on small labels, which indicate five series with up to 50 slides per series, although none of the series is complete. Some of the labels are marked ‘Hotel Bellevue 1929’. Many of the slides contain dates, the latest being 1932.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Accruals ↴

    No further accruals expected
  • Arrangement ↴

    Minimal Arrangement

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions Access subject to the conditions laid out in the Heritage Centre Access Guidelines.
Conditions Governing ReproductionCopying of archive material is subject to the conditions laid out in the Heritage Centre Copying Guidelines.
Creation Dates1930s
Level of DescriptionFonds (The whole of the records, regardless of form or medium, organically created and/or accumulated and used by a particular person, family, or corporate body in the course of that creator's activities and functions). (Often, but not always, contiguous with an archives ‘collection’ ).
Extent Medium140 slides
Finding Aids The collection list is available online. Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

There are no Allied Materials

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteHarriet Wheelock
Date of DescriptionsFebruary 2018