||101 Life Cycle Institute
620 Michigan Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20064
|| Dr. Timothy Meagher/
|Hours of Service:
||9:00 a.m.--5:00 p.m.
|Open to the public:
||By appointment only.
Some donor-imposed restrictions apply to certain collections.
Photocopying can be done by Archives staff at 10 cents page for
the first 25 letter size (8½ x 11) copies; 20 cents per page over
25 letter size copies; 25 cents per copy for all legal size (11
x 14) copies; 50 cents per copy for all oversize (11 x 17) copies.
The Archivist recommends a limit of 50-70 per day.
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- Reference Policy:
- Reference service is provided on site and via mail, telephone,
- Borrowing Privileges:
- There are no borrowing privileges except for special circumstances
such as exhibits and duplication.
- Washington Research Libraries Consortium
- Background Note:
- The Department of Archives, Manuscripts, and Museum Collections
was established in 1948. Total holdings for the growing collections
are approximately 8,000 cubic feet.
- Archives, manuscripts, correspondence, and oral histories:
- The Archives has the retired records of major American Catholic
organizations such as the National Conference of Catholic Charities,
the National Catholic Educational Association, the Catholic Interracial
Council of New York, and the United States Catholic Conference.
There are also records for other institutions, such as the American
Catholic Historical Association (restrictions apply), the Catholic
Anthropological Conference, Catholic Charities USA, the Catholic
Commission on Intellectual and Cultural Affairs, the Catholic
Theological Society of America (restrictions apply), the Christ
Child Society (restrictions apply), the Committee on the Revision
of the New Testament, and the International Federation of Catholic
The Department also has custody of the personal papers of
a number of prominent Catholics, including Archbishop John Carroll,
Paul J. Hallinan (Vatican II Council Collection; restrictions
apply), Aloisius Cardinal Muench (restrictions apply), George
Gilmary Higgins, Paul Hanly Furfey, John Montgomery Cooper,
John Augustine Ryan, Francis Haas, Eli Lindesmith, Peter Guilday,
John Tracy Ellis, and Thomas Joseph Shahan. There are also archival
records for such publications as the Catholic Educational
Review, the Catholic Encyclopedia, and the
Corpus Scriptorum Christianorum Orientalium.
Among the smaller archival collections are materials on the
Americanist controversy, anti-Catholic literature from the 1920s,
printed matter related to James Cardinal Gibbons (1869-1962),
a collection of autographed papal documents (1578-1865), materials
on the Ursuline convent in Massachusetts (1832-1903), materials
on Catholic missions among native Americans (19th century),
and an annotated register of participants in the Vatican I Council
There are listings for many of the manuscript collections
on the CUA website at http://libraries.cua.edu/index.html.
For further information contact Dr. Timothy Meagher, Archivist/Museum
- The Department has microfilm copies of records for such organizations
as the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions, the Ancient Order of
Hibernians, the Irish College in Rome, the Josephite Fathers,
and the St. Vincent de Paul Society of the Archdiocese of Washington.
There are also a number of microfilmed collections of personal
papers, including papers of Henry Cardinal Manning, Archbishop
John Hughes and Bishop Denis O'Connell.
- Videos and Sound Recordings:
- The collection is still in development.
- Vertical files:
- There are numerous file cabinets of mostly 20th-century materials.
The emphases of these files is on the history of Catholic University,
its records and manuscript collections, within the overall context
of the American Roman Catholic Church.
- Paintings, photographs, slides, and prints:
- The Museum Collection contains numerous paintings, prints,
and artifacts reflecting Catholic material culture. Photographs
abound in numerous manuscript collections such as the papers of
Terence Vincent Powderly, John Mitchell, George Gilmary Higgins,
the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, and the Catholic Interracial
Council of New York. There are also substantial photograph holdings
from the records of Catholic University's Public Affairs Office.
Emphases include Catholic education, Catholic activism including
race relations and labor unions, and portraits of noted religious
and lay persons.
There are finding aids for many of these collections, generally
on the series level.
Anti-Catholicism; Biblical studies; Carroll, John, Archbishop, 1735-1815;
Catholic Church--Publishing; Catholic Church--Societies, etc.; Catholic
Church--United States--History; Christian biography; Church history;
Dissertations; Ecumenical movement; Education and religion; Ellis,
John Tracy, 1905-1992; Gibbons, James, Cardinal, 1834-1921; Indians
of North America--Religion; Liberation theology; Manning, Henry Edward,
1808-1892; Missions and missionaries; Muench, Aloisius Joseph, Archbishop,
1889-1962; Religion and communism; Religion and state; Theological
education; Vatican I Council; Vatican II Council; Women and religion
Department of Archives, Manuscripts, and Museum Collections
[Online]. Available HTTP. URL http://libraries.cua.edu/archives.html.
Index to Manuscript Collections [Online]. Available
HTTP. URL http://libraries.cua.edu/index.html.