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This Presidents Day, we have comic books on the mind! Particularly, the 1976 candidacy of Tim Pettigrew! Over the span o...
02/15/2021

This Presidents Day, we have comic books on the mind! Particularly, the 1976 candidacy of Tim Pettigrew!

Over the span of 10 issues in 1964, the Treasure Chest of Fun & Fact comic followed the fictional candidate on the campaign trail. Throughout the story, Pettigrew's face was carefully hidden in every panel, until the final page of the final issue of the story, when Pettigrew is finally revealed: the first Black candidate for president of the United States!

Written in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement, its authors wanted the story to help young readers understand the Movement's goals and calls for equal opportunity. Read more about the creation of this comic: https://cuomeka.wrlc.org/exhibits/show/pfp

A comic book published between 1946-1972 for Catholic schools, Treasure Chest has been fully digitized. And the full "Pettigrew for President" story arc is available online:https://cuomeka.wrlc.org/files/original/18c6b0af6585bcc7a36ceaebbafe067c.pdf

This past Wednesday afternoon, our staff hosted the ambassadors of Mexico (left) and France (right) on their visit to Sp...
02/12/2021

This past Wednesday afternoon, our staff hosted the ambassadors of Mexico (left) and France (right) on their visit to Special Collections. Of particular interest was the papers of the Iturbide-Kearney Family papers. To find out why these dignitaries came to view these records, check out our blog on Iturbide's role in Mexican and French history: https://www.lib.cua.edu/wordpress/newsevents/11672/

Attending #CatholicU in 1901, but leaving due to financial reasons, Dr. Thomas Wyatt Turner (1877-1978) accepted an offe...
02/09/2021

Attending #CatholicU in 1901, but leaving due to financial reasons, Dr. Thomas Wyatt Turner (1877-1978) accepted an offer to teach science at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama.

In 1976, Turner received an honorary degree from #CatholicU. The years between Turner’s attendance in 1901 and his 1976 acceptance of the honorary degree span the complex history of exclusion and inclusion at the University.

Between 1901-1976, the University enacted and rescinded an official policy against admitting Black students. Our latest site explores this history and the roles that figures like Turner played: https://cuexhibits.wrlc.org/exhibits/show/segregation-and-desegregation-

Archdiocese of Baltimore Catholic Schools
02/09/2021

Archdiocese of Baltimore Catholic Schools

To celebrate Black History Month, Bishop Walsh students in Mrs. Morin's English class are learning about important Black Catholics in history and their notable contributions to the Catholic church and to society. #AOBCatholicSchools #RiseAbove

80 years ago today *(Feb. 5, 1941), #CatholicU students were gifted this lovely compact mirror during the junior prom. F...
02/05/2021

80 years ago today *(Feb. 5, 1941), #CatholicU students were gifted this lovely compact mirror during the junior prom. Featuring a snowy scene of McMahon Hall on its cover, the mirror still reflects quite nicely after all these years!

Happy birthday to John Mitchell (1870-1919), born on Feb. 4! Labor leader and President of the United Mineworkers of Ame...
02/04/2021

Happy birthday to John Mitchell (1870-1919), born on Feb. 4!

Labor leader and President of the United Mineworkers of America (1898-1908), Mitchell's papers are part of our labor collections!

Learn more about Mitchell's life and work: https://www.lib.cua.edu/wordpress/newsevents/7772/

Congratulations to the Curator of our American Catholic History Collections, Dr. Maria Mazzenga, on her receiving the Un...
02/03/2021
Dr. Maria Mazzenga named 2020 Belanger awardee – What’s Up

Congratulations to the Curator of our American Catholic History Collections, Dr. Maria Mazzenga, on her receiving the University Library's Edward J. Belanger Jr. Staff Award for Excellence in Service!

The full statement on her award may be read here: https://www.lib.cua.edu/wordpress/newsevents/13791/

Dr. Maria Mazzenga named 2020 Belanger awardee Posted on February 2, 2021February 2, 2021 by Stephen Connaghan Dr. Maria Mazzenga, the Libraries’ Curator for American Catholic History Collections, has been selected as the recipient of the Edward J. Belanger Jr. Staff Award for Excellence in Servic...

Today's #ArchivistsNook introduces our newest classroom site on the history of US Catholic education! Learn more about "...
02/02/2021

Today's #ArchivistsNook introduces our newest classroom site on the history of US Catholic education! Learn more about "One Hundred Years of Catholic Schools (1893-1993)" site! Just in time for #catholicschoolsweek, learn more by following the links below to the blog: https://www.lib.cua.edu/wordpress/newsevents/13784/

And the classroom site: https://cuomeka.wrlc.org/exhibits/show/catholicschools

Pictured: A groovy button from the Diocese of Erie, PA, made for the 1974 Catholic Schools Week. As well as a 1951 brochure made by the Sisters of Loretto brochure, one of the oldest teaching sisterhoods in America.

Catholic University Alumni Association
02/01/2021
Catholic University Alumni Association

Catholic University Alumni Association

"I believe the education I received at CUA made me highly competitive for my selection and appointment to the position of chief of the Army Nurse Corps." - General Hazel W. Johnson-Brown, Ph.D. 1978, the first African-American female general in the history of the United States Military and the first chief of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps to have earned a doctorate degree

As a student at The Catholic University of America, Johnson-Brown was on active duty with the Army Nurse Corps and was promoted to colonel. Soon after graduating, she made history with her appointment to brigadier general.

In 1986, we awarded her an Alumni Achievement Award, just one of many of the honors she earned throughout her career. We also included an image of her in our latest video for Light the Way: The Campaign for Catholic University. (Watch it here: https://engage.catholic.edu/alumni/notable-alumni-and-award-winners/notable-alumni)

#BlackHistoryMonth #LightTheWayCatholicU The Catholic University of America School of Arts and Sciences

We're starting off February with a snowy campus!Pictured: An undated photo of a snowy Caldwell Hall!
02/01/2021

We're starting off February with a snowy campus!

Pictured: An undated photo of a snowy Caldwell Hall!

Today is the Feast Day of St. Thomas Aquinas!📸: Volume 1 (Prima Pars) from a Latin set of the Summa Theologiae. Publishe...
01/28/2021

Today is the Feast Day of St. Thomas Aquinas!

📸: Volume 1 (Prima Pars) from a Latin set of the Summa Theologiae. Published in 1773 in Rome, this volume opens with a vibrant image of Aquinas!

On Wednesday, February 10 at 12:30pm EST, join us for a webinar by Dr. Shannen Dee Williams on: "The Real Sister Act: Wh...
01/28/2021

On Wednesday, February 10 at 12:30pm EST, join us for a webinar by Dr. Shannen Dee Williams on: "The Real Sister Act: Why the Stories of Black Catholic Sisters Matter"

More details on the event and how to join can be find on the Nest: https://nest.cua.edu/event/6744709

The Catholic University of America
01/25/2021

The Catholic University of America

Welcome back, Cardinals! We hope you have a great first day of Spring Semester!

As a reminder, through Sunday, Feb. 7, all students arriving in Washington, D.C. to study at Catholic University will be quarantined in order to comply with the District of Columbia mandate for those students arriving from high risk areas. Current students should check their emails for more information on quarantine reminders.

#ThisIsCatholicU #MaskUpCatholicU

As students return to Catholic University, the campus will have a two-week quarantine period to guarantee the safety of ...
01/22/2021

As students return to Catholic University, the campus will have a two-week quarantine period to guarantee the safety of the Cardinal community. During this period, our reading rooms will be closed to visitors. However, our staff remains available for remote assistance, and will return to limited onsite appointments on Monday, Feb. 8.

Learn more about COVID access policies: https://libraries.catholic.edu/special-collections/archives/covid-19-access-and-services.html

Pictured: An unnamed student studying on the rooftop of Gibbons Hall, 1916. While we don't recommend going to those lengths to practice social distancing, we encourage our patrons and staff to continue practicing proper safety measures while studying and working!

The Catholic University of America
01/22/2021

The Catholic University of America

This week, the winter issue of the CatholicU magazine arrived in mailboxes. The new winter 2021 CatholicU magazine includes feature articles on women in STEM, the history of Catholic activism in the fight for racial justice, and an important anniversary for the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. What's your favorite article in this issue of CatholicU?

You can access the digital version of the magazine here: https://communications.catholic.edu/news/2021/01/winter-2021-magazine.html

Happy birthday, Terence Powderly! Born on this day (Jan. 22), 1849, Powderly was a labor leader, immigration official, a...
01/22/2021

Happy birthday, Terence Powderly! Born on this day (Jan. 22), 1849, Powderly was a labor leader, immigration official, and amateur photographer of DC life. Learn more about his life: https://www.lib.cua.edu/wordpress/newsevents/7244/

Pictured: Powderly and Mother Jones, 1909.

How many Presidents have visited Catholic University? Well, as of yesterday, we can count one more! Then-Senator Joe Bid...
01/21/2021

How many Presidents have visited Catholic University? Well, as of yesterday, we can count one more! Then-Senator Joe Biden is seen here speaking on campus in 1978. Learn more about his (and other) presidential campus visits in our latest #ArchivistsNook blog: https://www.lib.cua.edu/wordpress/newsevents/13749/

And to learn more about all the presidential visits to Catholic University, check out our updated video on the topic: https://youtu.be/rP_Mbm8AEPI

01/15/2021
American Catholic Historical Association

American Catholic Historical Association

Starting next month ACHA will take you on a mini #VirtualPilgrimage to significant Catholic shrines, museums, or other interesting sites. Do you live near a shrine, museum, or site that you want to help highlight? Have you visited a site and taken pictures that you want to share? Message us your pitch! We're always looking for interesting #VirtualPilgrimage sites. We are particularly interested in sites that challenge our notions of what Catholicism might look, feel, or sound like!

Next week, the 59th Inauguration will occur here in DC. While this year's events will be limited, our records show that ...
01/13/2021

Next week, the 59th Inauguration will occur here in DC. While this year's events will be limited, our records show that there is historic precedence for this.

In 1945, Catholic University faculty member, Fr. John A. Ryan was invited to deliver the benediction at Franklin Roosevelt's fourth inauguration. Fr. Ryan had provided the benediction at FDR's second inauguration in 1937, but the two ceremonies were far different.

While the 1937 inauguration was held at the Capitol, the 1945 ceremony was a smaller affair and held at the White House. The challenges of WWII called for a scaled-back inauguration.

We reflect back on these two inaugurations as examples of how these ceremonies have taken many shapes and faced many challenges over the past century.

Pictured: FDR with Fr. John A. Ryan, 1945 inauguration

Learn more about the inauguration materials in our records: https://www.lib.cua.edu/wordpress/newsevents/8839/

American Catholic Historical Association
01/13/2021

American Catholic Historical Association

We will be highlighting some fascinating sources that panelists on our January 26th "Studying Masculinities, Catholic-Style" webinar are working with. First in the line-up is a poster from the United War Work Campaign put out by the National Catholic War Council and the Knights of Columbus in 1918. The image is from the Library of Congress and it was provided by Dr. Jeanne Petit, professor and chair of the Department of History at Hope College. #catholicmasculinities

Don't forget to register for the webinar here: https://achahistory.org/webinar

01/13/2021
Oliveira Lima Library

Oliveira Lima Library

One of the highlights of 2020 for us was the confirmation that one of our books belonged to philosopher #johnlocke thanks to the amazing work of our equally amazing librarian Henry Widener. Sometimes #librarylife requires a bit of detective work. Henry wrote a post in our #ollblog about it (link in our bio), but now you can also watch him telling us all about how he did it! Link for the vídeo is in our bio too. 🕵🏻‍♂️📚🖋#thisiscatholicu #specialcollections #librariesofinstagram #rarebooks #rarebooksofinstagram #librarylife #bibliophile #librosraros #livrosraros

The Catholic University of America

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! 👏🎉👏🎉👏

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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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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