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Past Archives Workshops

Past Introductory Archives Workshops for Religious Communities

The Catholic Library Association has successfully completed three Introductory Archives Workshop for Religious Communities, one at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Snows in Belleville,IL from July 2007 and two at the Malvern Retreat House in Malvern, PA in October 2208 and agian in June 2009. The workshops introduced novice archivists to archival theory and practice as well as updating seasoned archivists to changes in the field. The seventy participants came from 64 religious communities. The workshop is one phase of the Catholic Library Association’s commitment to foster the preservation and protection of United States Catholic materials. By educating archivists of religious communities, individuals will be trained to save and make accessible materials reflecting the religious charism and work of their communities for future generations.

Malachy R. McCarthy, Province Archivist of the Claretian Missionaries Archives in Chicago and Ellen Pierce, Director of the Maryknoll Mission Archives in New York directed the workshop. At the closing session at Belleville, IL, Jennifer Younger, Director of the Notre Dame Libraries outlined the progress of the CRRA – Catholic Research Resources Alliance – a collaborative effort by United States Catholic Colleges and Universities to provide direct access to Catholic research materials via the web site www.catholicresearch.net. Visits to St Louis’ Midwest Jesuit Archives, Society of the Sacred Heart, and Ursuline Central Province Archives and Greater Philadelphia’s American Province Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Child of Jesus in Rosemont, PA and the Archives of Old St Joseph Church in Philadelphia, Blessed Sacrament Sisters Archives in Bensalem, PA and the Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Archives in Immaculata, PA have given past participants the opportunity to view well-established archival programs.

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