Catholic University Special Collections

Catholic University Special Collections Material in the Archives is accessible through our website or by visiting the archvies office. The Archives is open to all CUA students, faculty, staff, as well as outside researchers and visitors.
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Returning to the office in the new year, it is time to replace our calendars. Not sure we picked up the right year, thou...
01/05/2021

Returning to the office in the new year, it is time to replace our calendars. Not sure we picked up the right year, though...

Happy New Year! It may take us time to pick up steam to address all your inquiries after the long break, but we're on tr...
01/04/2021

Happy New Year!

It may take us time to pick up steam to address all your inquiries after the long break, but we're on track to assist from the stacks!

Photo: #CatholicU Homecoming float, 1968.

We will be closed for the holidays until Monday, January 4, 2021. So we'll leave you with the words from this festive Ch...
12/18/2020

We will be closed for the holidays until Monday, January 4, 2021.

So we'll leave you with the words from this festive Christmas card: “May the joys of Christmas shine brightly for you throughout the New Year.” - Lady Bird and Lyndon B. Johnson, 1967.

This card was sent to Fr. Gilbert Hartke, founder of the Catholic University Drama program. See more of the cards in our collections: https://www.lib.cua.edu/wordpress/newsevents/8785/

He's got a listHe's checking it twiceHe's going to find out if the stacks are ready and niceThe Archives is closing down...
12/17/2020

He's got a list
He's checking it twice
He's going to find out if the stacks are ready and nice
The Archives is closing down

Tomorrow (Friday, Dec. 18) will be our last open day in 2020. We will be closed after this week until Monday, January 4, 2021.

As we ready our stacks for the long holiday break, we remain open for answering your reference questions!

The latest #ArchivistsNook continues with the holiday cheer!  This week we are sampling some of the Christmas-themed pam...
12/16/2020

The latest #ArchivistsNook continues with the holiday cheer! This week we are sampling some of the Christmas-themed pamphlets from our Pre-Vatican II American Catholic pamphlet collection! Pictured here is a 1943 booklet by Rev. Daniel A. Lord S.J. It includes pop-up images and colorful illustrations, as it recalls the Nativity story for children.

See more about these various pamphlet in the latest blog: https://www.lib.cua.edu/wordpress/newsevents/13655/

You may also learn more about the pamphlet collection here: https://libraries.catholic.edu/special-collections/rare-books/pre-vatican-ii-pamphlets.html

Oliveira Lima Library
12/16/2020

Oliveira Lima Library

📬 New post on our #OLLBlog Manoel Cardozo: His Contributions to CUA and the Oliveira Lima Library by our very own Erin Mir-Aliyev. Today marks the 35th anniversary of his passing and we remember Professor Cardozo for all his contributions to the #oliveiralimalibrary and The Catholic University of America.

Special thanks to our friends at Catholic University Special Collections for the amazing photos.

🏷 https://www.lib.cua.edu/wordpress/newsevents/13669

#librariesofinstagram #archivesofinstagram #specialcollections #rarebooks

Tomorrow may see a winter storm in the DC area. The first snowfall of the season always puts us in mind of snowy campus ...
12/15/2020

Tomorrow may see a winter storm in the DC area. The first snowfall of the season always puts us in mind of snowy campus scenes, like Gibbons Hall awash in flurries in the 1950s.

CUA Mullen Library
12/11/2020

CUA Mullen Library

Today at our all staff meeting, we wore our favorite holiday sweaters!

With this finals week being done remotely, we have all been using the latest technology to finish our studies. We wish a...
12/11/2020

With this finals week being done remotely, we have all been using the latest technology to finish our studies. We wish all #Cardinals best wishes in these last few days of exams!

Camera with flash: #CatholicU electrical engineering students, 1939.

This Advent season, the #ArchivistsNook blog is getting into the festive spirit. Our latest entry looks at some of the #...
12/10/2020

This Advent season, the #ArchivistsNook blog is getting into the festive spirit. Our latest entry looks at some of the #Christmas-themed covers from Young Catholic Messenger, the flagship publication of Catholic George Pflaum Publishing Company of Dayton, Ohio, 1885-1970, and distributed throughout the American Catholic school system.

Learn more: https://www.lib.cua.edu/wordpress/newsevents/13624/

December 8 is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, and #CatholicU will be closed in honor of the day. As the patronal...
12/07/2020

December 8 is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, and #CatholicU will be closed in honor of the day.

As the patronal feast day of the United States, it was also the date when our humble archives was formally opened in 1949!

This photo comes from the Dec. 8, 1949 opening of the Archives, with (left to right) Patrick O’Boyle, Archbishop of DC and University Chancellor, Fr. Henry Browne, first University Archivist, and Wayne Grover, then-Archivist of the United States.

Learn more about our early history: https://www.lib.cua.edu/wordpress/newsevents/5391/

The Catholic University of America
12/07/2020

The Catholic University of America

Best luck on finals Cards! You've got this! 👏🎉👏🎉👏

Looking for some cake and interesting company during today's #ArchivesHashtagParty? We got you covered! For today's #arc...
12/04/2020

Looking for some cake and interesting company during today's #ArchivesHashtagParty? We got you covered! For today's #archivesbakeoff, we have two delicious cakes - a "century" cake served by Mother Jones herself, and a USO cake served to some mustachioed servicemen during the 1940s. Enjoy!

Learn more about the collections nighlighted in these two images - the Mother Jones collection: https://cuexhibits.wrlc.org/exhibits/show/mother-jones-collection

And the National Catholic Welfare Conference (NCWC) Lantern Slide collection: https://libraries.catholic.edu/special-collections/archives/collections/finding-aids/finding-aids.html?file=ncwcglassslides

This past weekend, Catholic University's Chancellor and Archbishop of Washington, Wilton D. Gregory, was elevated to the...
11/30/2020
Shannen Dee Williams: Why the nation's first Black cardinal matters - The Central Minnesota Catholic

This past weekend, Catholic University's Chancellor and
Archbishop of Washington, Wilton D. Gregory, was elevated to the College of Cardinals by Pope Francis.

Historian Dr. Shannen Dee Williams reflects on the importance and meaning of the nation's first Black cardinal.

As a historian of the Catholic experience, know well all that it has taken to get the church to this monumental milestone the historic appointment of the first Black cardinal from the U.S.

B&O Railroad Museum
11/24/2020

B&O Railroad Museum

For today's #TrainTalk, check out special guest post "The Small World of E. Francis Baldwin" by The Catholic University of America graduate researcher Amanda Bernard on the B&O blog! This piece examines the life and work of E. Francis Baldwin, renowned architect of the B&O's iconic Roundhouse and many other B&O buildings around the region. Catholic University Special Collections
https://borailroad.blogspot.com/2020/11/the-small-world-of-e.html

📷: B&O Railroad Museum Collection

Looking for some #Thanksgiving recipe ideas? How about trying "Parker House Rolls"? In 1909-1910, Brookland-neighborhood...
11/24/2020

Looking for some #Thanksgiving recipe ideas? How about trying "Parker House Rolls"?

In 1909-1910, Brookland-neighborhood resident Cecilia Woodson Parker gave cooking lessons to her daughter, Charlotte. In her notebook, Charlotte records over 20 recipes, often with doodles!

On the second page of the roll recipe, Charlotte sneaks in a "sugar carmels" recipe, with instructions - "and eat" - that we can get behind!

Learn more about the Cecilia Parker Woodson papers via its online finding aid: https://libraries.catholic.edu/special-collections/archives/collections/finding-aids/finding-aids.html?file=woodson

You may also learn more from our #ArchivistsNook blog on Cecilia and Charlotte: https://www.lib.cua.edu/wordpress/newsevents/11367/

Does the name "E.F. Baldwin" mean anything to you? For Catholic University, it definitely does! The latest #ArchivistsNo...
11/23/2020

Does the name "E.F. Baldwin" mean anything to you? For Catholic University, it definitely does!

The latest #ArchivistsNook blog looks at the architect of both Caldwell and McMahon Halls, as well as the vanished University Station. So hop abroad: https://www.lib.cua.edu/wordpress/newsevents/13405/

Special thanks to the B&O Railroad Museum for assisting with the research and providing images for this post!

The latest #ArchivistsNook blog looks at the #BlackCatholic history collections held at #CatholicU! Among these collecti...
11/18/2020

The latest #ArchivistsNook blog looks at the #BlackCatholic history collections held at #CatholicU! Among these collections are the papers of Fr. Cyprian Davis and the records of the Catholic Interracial Council of New York (CICNY). Read more about these collections: https://www.lib.cua.edu/wordpress/newsevents/13467/

Pictured: Fr. Cyprian Davis, O.S.B. (third from left) at a talk on the implementation of the Bishops’ Pastoral on racism, 1984. And an undated photo showing members of the CICNY gathered for a meeting.

When arriving early on this brisk fall day, we noticed the newly-installed (and illuminated) sign for our home, Aquinas ...
11/17/2020

When arriving early on this brisk fall day, we noticed the newly-installed (and illuminated) sign for our home, Aquinas Hall! We now reside on Observatory Way! But why this name?

Because the #CatholicU observatory was located along this route from 1890-1924! And some of its remains may still be seen there to this very day!

Read more about the Observatory's history here: https://cuexhibits.wrlc.org/exhibits/show/walkingtour/founding/observatory

And learn more about the University's new street and path names: https://communications.catholic.edu/news/2020/08/new-paths.html

You may read more about Dr. Sister Thea Bowman's time at Catholic University and in DC in our blog: https://www.lib.cua....
11/15/2020
The Catholic University of America

You may read more about Dr. Sister Thea Bowman's time at Catholic University and in DC in our blog: https://www.lib.cua.edu/wordpress/newsevents/12482/

Did you know that November is Black Catholic History Month? Check out these African American men and women on the path to sainthood, including Sister Thea Bowman who earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the Catholic University of America. Catholic University Alumni Association

11/15/2020
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Following the close of World War II, Catholic bishops renewed calls for donations from the faithful to build the National Shrine. On November 15, 1954, work on the Shrine was resumed at last. With the help and efforts of Catholics from across the country, the site of the National Shrine became busy with the new construction.
https://youtu.be/idrmlO0sZ2Q

In honor of #VeteransDay, we are highlighting one of our largest collections on #ArchivesVeterans - the Catholic Heroes ...
11/11/2020

In honor of #VeteransDay, we are highlighting one of our largest collections on #ArchivesVeterans - the Catholic Heroes of the Great War! This article series, published from 1929-1933, profiled about 250 WWI veterans from all then 48 states! Read more about the collection: Read more: https://www.lib.cua.edu/wordpress/newsevents/9628/

Why publish this article? For American Catholics, #WWI was a watershed moment in the US, with this religious minority demonstrating its patriotism through its involvement in the war effort.

But rising anti-immigrant and anti-Catholic sentiments in the 1920s led to efforts to defend this community's contributions to the nation, especially after the 1928 electoral defeat of Al Smith, the first Catholic presidential on a major party ticket.

The entire collection, highlighting nearly 250 individual American Catholic servicemen and women, has been digitized and is available online here: https://cuislandora.wrlc.org/islandora/object/cuislandora%3A54007

You may also search by name in the online finding aid to the collection: https://libraries.catholic.edu/special-collections/archives/collections/finding-aids/finding-aids.html?file=cathhero

The latest #ArchivistsNook looks at four of our newest acquisitions in the #RareBooks collection at #CatholicU! Read mor...
11/10/2020

The latest #ArchivistsNook looks at four of our newest acquisitions in the #RareBooks collection at #CatholicU! Read more: https://www.lib.cua.edu/wordpress/newsevents/13380/

Pictured: 1826 Otomi-language Catechism and dictionary, and a 1689 anti-Catholic pamphlet.

Archives staff member and current Library Science grad student, Amanda Bernard, reflects on Social Justice and Critical ...
11/06/2020
Social Justice and Critical Librarianship – What’s Up

Archives staff member and current Library Science grad student, Amanda Bernard, reflects on Social Justice and Critical Librarianship in the latest Library blog!

Social Justice and Critical Librarianship Posted on November 5, 2020November 2, 2020 by Amanda Bernard Every two years, the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Research Planning and Review Committee publishes an article on the top trends and issues affecting academic libraries in high...

On Election Day eve, we have presidents and voting on the mind! This 1980s button was distributed ahead of the Student G...
11/02/2020

On Election Day eve, we have presidents and voting on the mind! This 1980s button was distributed ahead of the Student Government Association elections, encouraging #CatholicU students to head to the polls!

And if you are thinking about presidents ahead of tomorrow, learn more about the many presidential visits to the #CatholicU campus: https://youtu.be/CxjlgWz3FrQ

Looking for a last-minute #Halloween costume? The Treasure Chest from Oct. 29, 1946 has you covered: http://hdl.handle.n...
10/30/2020

Looking for a last-minute #Halloween costume? The Treasure Chest from Oct. 29, 1946 has you covered: http://hdl.handle.net/1961/tc_vol02no05

Published from 1946-1972, this comic book was sent to Catholic parochial schools across the US.

Our latest #ArchivistsNook blog is just in time for Halloween! But we must warn you, it is quite "grotesque"! For over a...
10/27/2020

Our latest #ArchivistsNook blog is just in time for Halloween! But we must warn you, it is quite "grotesque"!

For over a century, various heads - ranging from lions to grinning faces - have adorned #CaldwellHall and other buildings on the #CatholicU campus. An original feature of the first building on the campus, these decorative features, known as "grotesques", have resided on the University for over 130 years! Learn more about these fellow residents of campus by following the link: https://www.lib.cua.edu/wordpress/newsevents/13275/

And if you find yourself on campus, check out the outdoor scavenger hunt for all the various "gargoyles" hiding around campus: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1K2MifxPWWvGWrIAU0BnH-Qk7JUl3NoVe/view

CUA Mullen Library
10/26/2020

CUA Mullen Library

Curbside pickup: behind the scenes! For more info regarding curbside pickup visit our COVID-19 guide.

The latest #ArchivistsNook blog asks the question of "What is so Special about Special Collections?" To find out, follow...
10/22/2020

The latest #ArchivistsNook blog asks the question of "What is so Special about Special Collections?" To find out, follow the link: https://www.lib.cua.edu/wordpress/newsevents/13300/

Pictured: W. J. Shepherd, University Archivist and Head of Special Collections, with the 1885 Deed for Catholic U. signed by Frederick Douglass, D.C. Recorder of Deeds.

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101 Aquinas Hall
Washington D.C., DC
20064

General information

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.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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(202) 319-5065

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