Catholic University Special Collections

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St. Patrick's Day in July? Of course!The latest #ArchivistsNook looks at the records of the DC St. Patrick's Day Parade ...
07/27/2021

St. Patrick's Day in July? Of course!

The latest #ArchivistsNook looks at the records of the DC St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee, our newest finding aid!

Learn more about the collection and the history of this annual DC parade: https://www.lib.cua.edu/wordpress/newsevents/14775/

St. Patrick's Day in July? Of course!

The latest #ArchivistsNook looks at the records of the DC St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee, our newest finding aid!

Learn more about the collection and the history of this annual DC parade: https://www.lib.cua.edu/wordpress/newsevents/14775/

What better way to start the week off than with one of the most colorful paintings in the #CatholicU museum collection -...
07/26/2021

What better way to start the week off than with one of the most colorful paintings in the #CatholicU museum collection - "Wild Kalydon & Other Grapes, 1887" by Wisconsin artist, Bernard Isaac Durward (1817-1902)?

What better way to start the week off than with one of the most colorful paintings in the #CatholicU museum collection - "Wild Kalydon & Other Grapes, 1887" by Wisconsin artist, Bernard Isaac Durward (1817-1902)?

This #ThrowbackThursday, we're looking at our neighbors across Michigan Avenue - the Dominican House of Studies, ca. 191...
07/22/2021

This #ThrowbackThursday, we're looking at our neighbors across Michigan Avenue - the Dominican House of Studies, ca. 1910s!

This #ThrowbackThursday, we're looking at our neighbors across Michigan Avenue - the Dominican House of Studies, ca. 1910s!

Happy birthday to William Montavon (1874-1959)! Montavon was a #CatholicU alumnus, diplomat, lawyer, and head of the Leg...
07/14/2021

Happy birthday to William Montavon (1874-1959)! Montavon was a #CatholicU alumnus, diplomat, lawyer, and head of the Legal Department of the National Catholic Welfare Conference (today's United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) from 1925-1951!

Learn more about his life and legacy: https://www.lib.cua.edu/wordpress/newsevents/9360/

Happy birthday to William Montavon (1874-1959)! Montavon was a #CatholicU alumnus, diplomat, lawyer, and head of the Legal Department of the National Catholic Welfare Conference (today's United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) from 1925-1951!

Learn more about his life and legacy: https://www.lib.cua.edu/wordpress/newsevents/9360/

In our newest #ArchivistsNook blog, we look at the latest batch of conserved rare books, one of which includes this clas...
07/13/2021

In our newest #ArchivistsNook blog, we look at the latest batch of conserved rare books, one of which includes this classic initial illustration of St. Bernard of Clairvaux, with the devil in chains.

Learn more: https://www.lib.cua.edu/wordpress/newsevents/14677/

In our newest #ArchivistsNook blog, we look at the latest batch of conserved rare books, one of which includes this classic initial illustration of St. Bernard of Clairvaux, with the devil in chains.

Learn more: https://www.lib.cua.edu/wordpress/newsevents/14677/

It is time for the #ArchivesHashtagParty, with this month's theme being #ArchivesSignatures! If asked to point to one si...
07/02/2021

It is time for the #ArchivesHashtagParty, with this month's theme being #ArchivesSignatures! If asked to point to one signature in our collection, we'd say the signature of Frederick Douglass on the deed to the campus!

In 1885, in his role as Recorder of Deeds for the District of Columbia, Douglass examined and authorized the sale of the initial plots of land that would form #CatholicU. While likely a standard bureaucratic duty on his work list that day, these deeds stand as some of the foundational documents in the history of the University. In addition, the role of Douglass as Recorder of Deeds stands as an example of the rich history of our city, Washington DC, and its complex history of home rule. So while seeing a signature in our records from such a prominent figure is amazing unto itself, what it says about both DC and Catholic University history makes it even more meaningful!

It is time for the #ArchivesHashtagParty, with this month's theme being #ArchivesSignatures! If asked to point to one signature in our collection, we'd say the signature of Frederick Douglass on the deed to the campus!

In 1885, in his role as Recorder of Deeds for the District of Columbia, Douglass examined and authorized the sale of the initial plots of land that would form #CatholicU. While likely a standard bureaucratic duty on his work list that day, these deeds stand as some of the foundational documents in the history of the University. In addition, the role of Douglass as Recorder of Deeds stands as an example of the rich history of our city, Washington DC, and its complex history of home rule. So while seeing a signature in our records from such a prominent figure is amazing unto itself, what it says about both DC and Catholic University history makes it even more meaningful!

We seem to be on a family classics theme this week! Yesterday (June 30) marked the 50th anniversary of the release of "W...
07/01/2021

We seem to be on a family classics theme this week! Yesterday (June 30) marked the 50th anniversary of the release of "W***y Wonka and the Chocolate Factory"!

In honor, here are some press kit photos from the USCCB, Office of Film and Broadcasting records: https://libraries.catholic.edu/special-collections/archives/collections/finding-aids/finding-aids.html?file=ofb

We seem to be on a family classics theme this week! Yesterday (June 30) marked the 50th anniversary of the release of "W***y Wonka and the Chocolate Factory"!

In honor, here are some press kit photos from the USCCB, Office of Film and Broadcasting records: https://libraries.catholic.edu/special-collections/archives/collections/finding-aids/finding-aids.html?file=ofb

In a special #ArchivistsNook blog we share our most recent and surprising (re)discovery - one of the "Dorothy" dresses w...
06/30/2021

In a special #ArchivistsNook blog we share our most recent and surprising (re)discovery - one of the "Dorothy" dresses worn by Judy Garland for the "Wizard of Oz"!

Gifted to Fr. Gilbert Hartke by actress Mercedes McCambridge in 1973, this interconnects the rich history of Golden Age Hollywood with #CatholicU Drama. Long thought lost, the outfit was recently rediscovered in Hartke Theater, hidden in a shoe box! After consulting with experts, our staff is pleased to share the story of this amazing piece of American cultural heritage with the world!

Follow the link to learn more about how this pop cultural artifact came to be on campus, how it was "re-discovered", and how our staff researched its history: https://www.lib.cua.edu/wordpress/newsevents/14707/

In a special #ArchivistsNook blog we share our most recent and surprising (re)discovery - one of the "Dorothy" dresses worn by Judy Garland for the "Wizard of Oz"!

Gifted to Fr. Gilbert Hartke by actress Mercedes McCambridge in 1973, this interconnects the rich history of Golden Age Hollywood with #CatholicU Drama. Long thought lost, the outfit was recently rediscovered in Hartke Theater, hidden in a shoe box! After consulting with experts, our staff is pleased to share the story of this amazing piece of American cultural heritage with the world!

Follow the link to learn more about how this pop cultural artifact came to be on campus, how it was "re-discovered", and how our staff researched its history: https://www.lib.cua.edu/wordpress/newsevents/14707/

Today (June 30) we're celebrating two birthdays in Catholic University history - Frs. Henri Hyvernat (1858-1941) and Pau...
06/30/2021

Today (June 30) we're celebrating two birthdays in Catholic University history - Frs. Henri Hyvernat (1858-1941) and Paul Furfey (1896-1992)! Clearly both were avid readers! Hyvernat (left) and Furfey (right)!

Fr. Hyvernat was the first Catholic University faculty! Over the years he held many titles with a focus on Biblical archaeology and Semitic languages. He was a founder of the Department of Semitics and Semitics/ICOR Library: https://semitics.catholic.edu/student-experience/hyvernat-lecture/index.html

Fr. Furfey was a long-time Catholic University sociology professor, whose work (both in the classroom and in his activism) focused on Catholic social work: https://www.lib.cua.edu/wordpress/newsevents/9512/

What do Napoleon, Theodore Roosevelt, and Catholic University all have in common? Charles Bonaparte!Bonaparte passed awa...
06/28/2021

What do Napoleon, Theodore Roosevelt, and Catholic University all have in common?

Charles Bonaparte!

Bonaparte passed away #OTD in 1921. The latest #ArchivistsNook post explores his history of involvement with Catholic University, most notably his role in averting the financial crisis of the early 1900:
https://www.lib.cua.edu/wordpress/newsevents/14692/

What do Napoleon, Theodore Roosevelt, and Catholic University all have in common?

Charles Bonaparte!

Bonaparte passed away #OTD in 1921. The latest #ArchivistsNook post explores his history of involvement with Catholic University, most notably his role in averting the financial crisis of the early 1900:
https://www.lib.cua.edu/wordpress/newsevents/14692/

For #ThrowbackThursday, we're heading back to 1939 to see two Catholic University electrical engineering students hard a...
06/24/2021

For #ThrowbackThursday, we're heading back to 1939 to see two Catholic University electrical engineering students hard at work!

For #ThrowbackThursday, we're heading back to 1939 to see two Catholic University electrical engineering students hard at work!

Red the Cardinal works hard all year to promote Catholic University spirit, so he deserves a quick nap from time to time...
06/17/2021

Red the Cardinal works hard all year to promote Catholic University spirit, so he deserves a quick nap from time to time, especially on #NationalMascotDay

The Cardinals mascot has gone through many phases over the years, including this version from 2006.

Red the Cardinal works hard all year to promote Catholic University spirit, so he deserves a quick nap from time to time, especially on #NationalMascotDay

The Cardinals mascot has gone through many phases over the years, including this version from 2006.

So far this summer, we've been spending a lot of time working with the ever-fashionable Fr. Gilbert Hartke!As the founde...
06/16/2021

So far this summer, we've been spending a lot of time working with the ever-fashionable Fr. Gilbert Hartke!

As the founder of the Drama program at Catholic University, Fr. Hartke's legacy is felt across our collections, from recent museum donations to his papers: https://www.lib.cua.edu/wordpress/newsevents/8260/

Photo: Fr. Hartke poses for a 1981 issue of the Washingtonian magazine.

So far this summer, we've been spending a lot of time working with the ever-fashionable Fr. Gilbert Hartke!

As the founder of the Drama program at Catholic University, Fr. Hartke's legacy is felt across our collections, from recent museum donations to his papers: https://www.lib.cua.edu/wordpress/newsevents/8260/

Photo: Fr. Hartke poses for a 1981 issue of the Washingtonian magazine.

Happy (belated) birthday of Fr. John Burke! Born June 6, 1875, Burke was a Paulist priest of the and the first head of t...
06/07/2021

Happy (belated) birthday of Fr. John Burke! Born June 6, 1875, Burke was a Paulist priest of the and the first head of the National Catholic War Council, the predecessor to today's United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)!

Learn more about Burke's life and legacy: https://www.lib.cua.edu/wordpress/newsevents/7959/

Happy (belated) birthday of Fr. John Burke! Born June 6, 1875, Burke was a Paulist priest of the and the first head of the National Catholic War Council, the predecessor to today's United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)!

Learn more about Burke's life and legacy: https://www.lib.cua.edu/wordpress/newsevents/7959/

It is time for the monthly #ArchivesHashtagParty! This month's theme is #ArchivesonWheels. And what better way to roll i...
06/04/2021

It is time for the monthly #ArchivesHashtagParty! This month's theme is #ArchivesonWheels. And what better way to roll into the party than with a motor carriage ride to the Colosseum!

Pictured are two seminarians from the Pontifical North American College in Rome (PNAC), sightseeing in style in 1954.

This photo comes from the albums of Archbishop Martin J. O'Connor, Rector of the PNAC from 1946-1953. Learn more about O'Connor and his photographic collection: https://www.lib.cua.edu/wordpress/newsevents/7889/

It is time for the monthly #ArchivesHashtagParty! This month's theme is #ArchivesonWheels. And what better way to roll into the party than with a motor carriage ride to the Colosseum!

Pictured are two seminarians from the Pontifical North American College in Rome (PNAC), sightseeing in style in 1954.

This photo comes from the albums of Archbishop Martin J. O'Connor, Rector of the PNAC from 1946-1953. Learn more about O'Connor and his photographic collection: https://www.lib.cua.edu/wordpress/newsevents/7889/

The latest #ArchivistsNook blog introduces the four latest acquisitions in the University's Rare Books collections. Seen...
06/01/2021

The latest #ArchivistsNook blog introduces the four latest acquisitions in the University's Rare Books collections. Seen here is an 1815 Mexican sheet almanac! Learn more about this work, alongside the other three new books, by following the link: https://www.lib.cua.edu/wordpress/newsevents/14608/

The latest #ArchivistsNook blog introduces the four latest acquisitions in the University's Rare Books collections. Seen here is an 1815 Mexican sheet almanac! Learn more about this work, alongside the other three new books, by following the link: https://www.lib.cua.edu/wordpress/newsevents/14608/

05/26/2021

CatholicU hosts the largest summer visit in 17 years. 🪰

What department do you think Brood X is heading up the O'Boyle steps to visit?

When processing papers, you sometimes come across little examples of daily life! Prior to the Pryzbyla Center's opening ...
05/26/2021

When processing papers, you sometimes come across little examples of daily life!

Prior to the Pryzbyla Center's opening in 2003, dining facilities were located in several Catholic University campus buildings, including Caldwell Hall!

Do you think Dining Services would honor this?

When processing papers, you sometimes come across little examples of daily life!

Prior to the Pryzbyla Center's opening in 2003, dining facilities were located in several Catholic University campus buildings, including Caldwell Hall!

Do you think Dining Services would honor this?

Happy birthday to Archbishop Martin J. O'Connor (1900-1986)! Seen here on the North American College (NAC) in Rome campu...
05/18/2021

Happy birthday to Archbishop Martin J. O'Connor (1900-1986)!

Seen here on the North American College (NAC) in Rome campus in 1964, he was a Catholic University alumnus, Scranton native, and long-time Rector of the NAC!

His papers and photograph albums are part of our collections, and you can learn more about them in our classic blog post: https://www.lib.cua.edu/wordpress/newsevents/7889/

Happy birthday to Archbishop Martin J. O'Connor (1900-1986)!

Seen here on the North American College (NAC) in Rome campus in 1964, he was a Catholic University alumnus, Scranton native, and long-time Rector of the NAC!

His papers and photograph albums are part of our collections, and you can learn more about them in our classic blog post: https://www.lib.cua.edu/wordpress/newsevents/7889/

We're days away from commencement! Did you know that from 1966-1973, Catholic University commencements were held facing ...
05/13/2021

We're days away from commencement! Did you know that from 1966-1973, Catholic University commencements were held facing Mullen Library.

Learn other commencement facts: https://lib.cua.edu/wordpress/newsevents/14531/

Pictured: Graduates in front of Mullen Library in 1967.

We're days away from commencement! Did you know that from 1966-1973, Catholic University commencements were held facing Mullen Library.

Learn other commencement facts: https://lib.cua.edu/wordpress/newsevents/14531/

Pictured: Graduates in front of Mullen Library in 1967.

As the first off campus #CatholicU commencement approaches, our latest #ArchivistsNook blog reflects on other commenceme...
05/11/2021

As the first off campus #CatholicU commencement approaches, our latest #ArchivistsNook blog reflects on other commencement firsts!

Learn more: https://lib.cua.edu/wordpress/newsevents/14531/

Pictured: The old gym (today's Crough Center) prepped for the 1950 commencement!

As the first off campus #CatholicU commencement approaches, our latest #ArchivistsNook blog reflects on other commencement firsts!

Learn more: https://lib.cua.edu/wordpress/newsevents/14531/

Pictured: The old gym (today's Crough Center) prepped for the 1950 commencement!

Currently on display in our reading room is the nursing cap and cape of #CatholicU Nursing alumna (Class of 1959) Harrie...
05/06/2021

Currently on display in our reading room is the nursing cap and cape of #CatholicU Nursing alumna (Class of 1959) Harriette Connors, B.S.N. Traditionally, the Capping Ceremony marked a nursing student’s initiation, with Connor's taking place in the crypt level of the then-unfinished National Shrine in 1957.

As she explained in a letter dated July 28, 2010: “We wore the plain white cap [made of starched cotton] for the remainder of the sophomore year. In the junior year, we wore a single stripe, on an angle, o[n] the tips of the cap. In the senior year, we placed a second stripe on either side to distinguish the different classes.”

The cap pictured here is her original cap with the graduate stripes of black and red. #NationalNursesDay

Currently on display in our reading room is the nursing cap and cape of #CatholicU Nursing alumna (Class of 1959) Harriette Connors, B.S.N. Traditionally, the Capping Ceremony marked a nursing student’s initiation, with Connor's taking place in the crypt level of the then-unfinished National Shrine in 1957.

As she explained in a letter dated July 28, 2010: “We wore the plain white cap [made of starched cotton] for the remainder of the sophomore year. In the junior year, we wore a single stripe, on an angle, o[n] the tips of the cap. In the senior year, we placed a second stripe on either side to distinguish the different classes.”

The cap pictured here is her original cap with the graduate stripes of black and red. #NationalNursesDay

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The Catholic University of America is located at 620 Michigan Avenue N.E., Washington, D.C. 20064, and can be reached via the Red Line of the Metro rail Transit System at the Brook land/CUA station. The American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives occupies part of Aquinas Hall on the University's campus; it is accessible via Room 101 of Aquinas Hall.

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Everyone is welcome to come participate in our friendly and respectful Onliine American History Reading Groups. We have something for all interests. This week we started a new book: "What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848: by Daniel Walker Howe in our Early American History Group and next Saturday, our Cold War History Reading Group will start a new book, "Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945" by Tony Judt. Visit our website or page for more information. #AmericanHistory #History http://historyoftheunitedstates.net/reading-groups.php