American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives
Address and Contact Info
Address: 101 Aquinas Hall, Catholic University, Washington, D.C. 20064
Telephone & fax: Telephone: 202-319-5065 Fax: 202-319-6554
Hours and Usage Restrictions
Visitors should schedule an appointment before visiting by calling 202-319-5065. Mon. - Fri. 9:00am to 5:00pm Sat./Sun. CLOSED
Majority of collections are unrestricted. Virtually all personal papers are unrestricted with institutional records generally restricted for 25 years from date of creation. University are restricted for 50 years from date of creation.
Online Catalogs and Finding Aids
The manuscript collections range in size and scope from smaller collections of personal papers (less than 1 linear foot) to massive collections of records belonging to major national Catholic organizations such as the National Catholic Education Association (500 linear feet). The Finding Aids are guides and inventories for processed manuscript collections. The Index of Manuscript Collections lists every manuscript collection, both processed and unprocessed, alphabetically by title.
Finding aids can be found at: http://libraries.cua.edu/achrcua/manupage.html
The Catholic University of America Department of Archives, Manuscripts, and Museum Collections, collects, organizes, preserves, makes accessible, and promotes scholarly and public understanding of the records of The Catholic University of America and more generally the documentary and artifactual heritage of the American Catholic people.
The Manuscripts Department contains personal papers, films, videos, photographs and artifacts documenting the history of Catholics in the United States. The Manuscripts Department has a special interest in the following:
Records of national Catholic organizations, that is, organizations that have multi-diocesan or national memberships or address multi diocesan or national audiences or constituencies.
Papers of individuals and records of organizations that document the history of Catholic social action, philanthropy and social thought in the United States. This includes, but is not confined to, clergy and laity and organizations who worked with or, on behalf of, workers, immigrants, international peace and the poor.
Papers of individuals and records of organizations that document the history of Catholic intellectual, educational and cultural life in the United States.
Papers of individuals and records of organizations that document the everyday religious and spiritual lives of Catholic lay men and women.
Suggestions for approaching the material: Laptops are welcome, digital photography is restricted.
Housing and getting by for less in the area: The Catholic University of America is located in northeast Washington, D.C. Maryland cities near campus include College Park, Greenbelt and University Park.
Fellowships and Funding Opportunities
Dorothy Mohler Research Grants: The research Grants (up to $500) help defray research and travel costs for those using the collections at the American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives. University faculty, graduate students, post-doctoral students, independent scholars, and documentarians who are involved in a research project that requires substantial use of the collections at The American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives are eligible to apply. For more on Mohler Grants: http://libraries.cua.edu/achrcua/Mohler.html
Major Topic Areas
National (U.S.) Catholic Organizations; U.S. Catholic Intellectual History; U.S. Labor History; Irish American History; African-American Catholicism; U.S. Catholic social thought.