Catholic News Service Library
||3211 4th Street NE
Washington, DC 20017
|Library Telephone Number:
|Archives Telephone Number:
|| Katherine Nuss, Information Services Manager
Nancy Wiechec, Photo Editor
|Hours of Service:
||9:00 a.m.--5:00 p.m.|
|Open to the public:
||By appointment only
There is no public access to the Photo Archives. An in-house photo researcher will research photos for use by other publishers or publications. There is a fee for one-time use. Not all photographs in the Archives are available for publication.
- Reference Policy:
- Telephone and mail reference questions are answered as time permits.
- Borrowing Privileges:
- Not a lending institution.
- Background Note:
- Founded in 1920 as the National Catholic Welfare Conference News Service and later became the National Catholic News Service. It is now called the Catholic News Service. The photo service began shortly after the founding of the National Catholic Welfare Conference News Service.
- Books and monographs:
- The Catholic News Service Library has approximately 1,000 volumes dating
from 1940 to the present. Emphasis of the collection is on U.S. Catholicism
with ready reference materials available on this topic, as well as biographical
materials on major figures (such as the Pope), hagiographies, and Catholic
- Periodicals and newspapers:
- The Catholic News Service Library has 140 diocesan newspapers which are
retained for one year.
- Archives, manuscripts, correspondence, and oral histories:
- The Catholic News Service Library has Catholic News Service clippings from
1920 to 1994 covering U.S. Catholicism. A chronological index covering 1920-1970
exists for this file. An electronic news archive exists from 1988 to the
present. Searchable archive exists for Origins, CNS documentary service,
from 1971 to the present.
- Paintings, photographs, slides, and prints:
- The Photo Archives has 50,000 black-and-white news photographs dating
from 1920 to the present. The focus of this collection is the Catholic Church
with a particular
emphasis on the Vatican, Catholic organizations, and church activities. Photos
of prominent clerical and lay Catholics are also found here.
- Databases, CD-ROMS, and other machine-readable sources:
- An in-house database contains CNS daily news service from 1994 to present.
This is available to visitors. This is available to visitors with appointments.
Website is http://www.CatholicNews.com/ or http://www.originsonline.com/ for the documentary service.
Catholic Church--United States--History; Vatican; Catholic press; Christian biography; Hagiography; Popes; Popes--Biography; Saints; Virgin Mary
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