“American Catholics and Immigration: Past and Present” – Thursday, March 12, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Caldwell Auditorium

Picture1The Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies (CUA), in conjunction with The American Catholic History Research Center & University Archives (CUA) and the Office of Migration and Refugee Policy (USCCB), will be hosting a conference entitled American Catholics and Immigration: Past and Present on Thursday, March 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Caldwell Auditorium. The purpose o the conference is to “bring historians and policy experts together to compare how Catholics in the United States have responded to new immigrant groups, from the nineteenth century to the present.” Three expert panels will discuss such issues as national policy debates, culture and religious life, and immigrant workers.

For more information, including a detailed schedule of events and a link to R.s.v.p., please visit the event website.

American Religious Responses to the Holocaust Course

The American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives and the Catholic University Department of Education announce a new professional development course for Catholic High School teachers to be held on the campus of Catholic University and at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.  The course, American Religious Responses to the Holocaust, will run from July 8-12, 2013.  For details, see American Religious Responses to the Holocaust Course.

Unigenitus cataloging project update

Three hundred early eighteenth-century French and Latin titles from the Albani collection, many of them the only exemplars in the United States, are now cataloged and available to researchers in Rare Books and Special Collections (214 Mullen). A sampling of their content may be found at the RBSC blog:   http://ascendonica.blogspot.com/

Congratulations to our 2013 Mohler Grant Winners!

Deborah Beckel, Ph.D., has been awarded a Mohler grant for her project examining women and the Knights of Labor in the South.  She is the author of Radical Reform: Interracial Politics in Post-Emancipation North Carolina (University of Virginia Press, The American South Series, 2011). Originally from Georgia, Beckel received her undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Mount Holyoke College, her masters’ degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and her Ph.D. from Emory University. She has worked as a librarian and archivist, and as a documentary editor.  A resident of Virginia, she previously taught women’s and gender studies at Sweet Briar College and currently teaches history at Lynchburg College.

For his work examining the Protestant image in the Catholic mind William Cossen will receive a Mohler grant in 2013.  Mr. Cossen is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History and a member of the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center at The Pennsylvania State University, studying under the direction of Philip Jenkins and Amy Greenberg.  His dissertation is currently titled “The Protestant Image in the Catholic Mind,” and it will examine the construction of Protestant identity by American Catholics in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.  Mr. Cossen is the recipient of a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science from Emory University in 2008 and a Master of Arts degree with honors in History from Penn State in 2012.

The American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives accepts applications for Mohler Travel Grants every year.  For more information on the Mohler Grants, see: http://archives.lib.cua.edu/Mohler.cfm


Rare Books launches the Unigenitus collection cataloging project

After some 80 years at CUA, the collection of pamphlets and manuscripts related to the 1713 papal bull Unigenitus is being cataloged in advance of the 300th anniversary of this document, issued by Pope Clement XI to combat the doctrinal errors of Jansenism.

More information on this collection,  once part of  Pope Clement’s library,  may be found on the RBSC blog:


As cataloging progresses more details will be available on specific items in this extensive collection, along with information about the project’s impact on other departmental activities, including possible reading room closures.


125th CUA Anniversary Guide to Library Resources now available

This year the Catholic University of America (CUA) celebrates the 125th anniversary of it’s founding.  In honor of this momentous occasion the library has put together a Guide of Library Resources.  The purpose of this guide is to help those interested in the history of CUA to locate information  available in the University Libraries. Please take a look and we hope you find this guide useful.

Congratulations 2011 Mohler Grant Winners

The Dorothy Mohler Research Grants help defray research and travel costs for those using the collections at the American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives here at the Archives. We are pleased to announce this year’s winners:

John Sharpe, currently an ABD Hagley Fellow in the History Department of the University of Delaware, received a Mohler grant to conduct research in the papers of John Ryan, George Higgins, and John Cort among others, toward the completion of his dissertation, currently titled: “The Owner-Operator Tradition: Reverberations of Catholic Teaching on Productive Property from the Early Republican Through and Beyond the Progressive Eras.” Mr. Sharpe is a 1993 distinguished graduate of the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in English, and emphases in political thought and history. Following graduation from Annapolis, he graduated from Naval Nuclear Power School (Orlando, Fla.), Naval Prototype Training (Charleston, S.C.), and Naval Submarine School (Groton, Conn.). Following his naval career, he received his Master of Arts in History from Old Dominion University (2010).

Robert N. Gross, a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, received a Mohler grant to conduct research in the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops/National Catholic Welfare Conference and the National Catholic Education Association records. Mr. Gross specializes in American social, legal, and educational history. His research is toward the completion of his dissertation, titled “Regulating the Educational Marketplace: School Competition and Choice in the Urban North, 1870-1929.” The project explores how public officials, intellectuals, parents, and children navigated and responded to the dramatic growth of urban Roman Catholic parochial schools in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.

Finding Aid for the National Catholic Community Service Records

Finding aid, or collection guide, now available for the National Catholic Community Service (NCCS) Records. NCCS was the Catholic component of the United Service Organization (USO) from 1940 to 1980.
It worked to serve the spiritual, social, educational, and recreational needs of the military and defense workers and their families through the efforts of both professional personnel and volunteers at home and overseas.

Three New Research Guides

We have recently published three guides for Religious Studies and Canon Law.

  • The Patristics guide contains plenty of helpful links to print and online resources for the study of the Church Fathers- including several editions of the primary texts in their original languages and in translation, both in print and online.
  • In preparation of the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, we have created a resource to help readers sift through the council documents and the plethora of secondary sources describing the history and the impact of the council.
  • While it may not get as much press as its later brother, the Council of Trent was a significant force in shaping the church for the next four centuries.  This guide provides links to the council documents as well as historical and biographical sources to help put it in context.

Special thanks to Samantha Saporito for her work on these guides.