The Archivist’s Nook: Catholic University’s Sisters of Life Collections

March for Life Program Journal, January 22,1990 edition. March for Life Memorabilia, Special Collections, The Catholic University of America.

Special Collections at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., is happy to announce the receipt in September of the donation of eight small collections of Pro-Life archival materials from The Sisters of Life of New York City. While the Sisters decided to donate the bulk of their archives, centered on the Joseph Stanton Papers, to Harvard’s Schlesinger Women’s History Library, it is nevertheless gratifying for Catholic University to host at least a portion of this valuable archive dedicated to an issue of vital importance to the American Catholic Church.

Natural Family Planning Pamphlet, n.d. Natural Family Planning Collection, Special Collections, The Catholic University of America.

The Sisters of Life are a uniquely American, Roman Catholic religious institute, following the Augustinian rule.  It is both a contemplative and active religious community, dedicated to the promotion of pro-life causes. Their abbreviation S.V. stands for Sorores Vitae, which is the Latin version of their name. They were founded under the auspices of John O’Connor (1920-2000), the Cardinal-Archbishop of New York in 1991, when eight women gathered in New York to begin the new community. Since then, they have grown to over a hundred Sisters from across the globe, in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Spain, and the Philippines. They have also expanded missions from their birthplace in New York beyond to Denver, Stamford, Philadelphia, Washington, and Toronto.

Secular Feminist Publication, Spokeswowan, November 1, 1979. Catholic and Other Periodicals Collection. Special Collections, The Catholic University of Amerca.

The new collections at Catholic University total fifty-one boxes, over sixty linear feet, covering the 1970s to 2000. They include the Abortion Parental Consent Legal Research Case Files from the University of St. Thomas Law School, the Center for the Rights of the Terminally Ill Collection, The Long Island Grass Roots Pro-Life Collection, March for Life Memorabilia, National Right to Life News Complete Collection, Natural Family Planning Archival Collection, Pro-Life Movement Newsletters and Periodicals, and various rare Catholic and other periodicals.

Report Newsletter, July/August/September 1990 Edition. Center for the Rights of the Termininally Ill Collection. Special Collections, The Catholic University of America.

Each of these collections will be processed, primarily by student workers and practicum volunteers, to create online finding aids (inventories), joining those presently on the Special Collections website.(1) We also plan to craft a Pro-life research guide to the related materials. For more information on these and other collections, including another order of homegrown sisters, please contact us at https://libraries.catholic.edu/special-collections/archives/about/contact-us.html 

 

(1) Special thanks to Brandi Marulli, both for visiting the Sisters of Life in person in 2020 to assess their records, and for her help with this blog post.

Time to get busy!

Fall semester is here and you need to ramp up your reading! Browse some of our new acquisitions in the Popular Reading Collection listed below. Fiction, historical fiction, mystery, suspense, non-fiction, current affairs, politics–you name it–are some of the subjects represented. Our collection is on the first floor of Mullen Library in the Reference Reading Room.

Marianna (giphy.com)

Hold your cursor over the Title to see a short description of the book, or click to view the catalog record. The status of the book is shown beside the call number.

Title Author Status
A Song Everlasting Jin, Ha
Intimacies Kitamura, Katie
Don’t Let It Get You Down: Essays on Race, Gender, and the Body Nolan, Savala
Nice Racism: How Progressive White People Perpetuate Racial Harm Diangelo, Robin
The Life-changing Science of Detecting Bullshit Petrocelli, John V.
Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgment Kahneman, Daniel / Sibony, Olivier / Sunstein, Cass R.
Leaving Breezy Street: A Memoir Myers-Powell, Brenda & Reynolds, April
A Quantum Life: My Unlikely Journey from the Street to the Stars Oluseyi, Hakeem & Horwitz, Joshua
Geniuses at War: Bletchley Park, Colossus, and the Dawn of the Digital Age Price, David A.
Shoulder Season Clancy, Christina
Letters to My White Male Friends Ross, Dax-Devlon
Drunk: How We Sipped, Danced, and Stumbled Our Way to Civilization Slingerland, Edward
Amazon Unbound: Jeff Bezos and the Invention of a Global Empire Stone, Brad
Technically Food: Inside Silicon Valley’s Battle to Change What We Eat Zimberoff, Larissa
The Personal Librarian Benedict, Marie & Murray, Victoria Christopher
Lady Sunshine Doan, Amy Mason
The Other Black Girl Harris, Zakiya Dalila
The Woman in the Purple Skirt Imamura, Natsuko / North, Lucy
Objects of Desire: Stories Sestanovich, Clare
Last Summer in the City Calligarich, Gianfranco; Trans by Howard Curtis
In the Country of Others Slimani, Leila
The Debt Trap: How Student Loans Became a National Catastrophe Mitchell, Josh
Disasterology: Dispatches from the Frontlines of the Climate Crisis Montano, Samantha
Out on a Limb: Selected Writing, 1989–2021 Sullivan, Andrew
The Reading List Adams, Sara Nisha
Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals Burkeman, Oliver
Billy Summers King, Stephen
Songs for the Flames Vasquez, Juan Gabriel

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Mullen Library: Expanded Hours!

Effective October 3, Mullen Library will have expanded weekend and evening services and hours. The circulation desk will be open during all general hours of operation. 

  • Mon – Thurs: 8 AM – 11 PM
  • Friday: 8 AM – 8 PM
  • Sat: 10 AM – 5 PM
  • Sun: 1 PM – 11 PM

Select reading rooms will be open overnight for CU students Monday – Thursday with limited services.

The most up to date hours are always posted on the Libraries website

Popular Reading is back!

As we move into the fall semester, let us remember those sunny days of summer past. Okay, done? Then come and browse some of our new acquisitions in the Popular Reading Collection listed below. Fiction, non-fiction, current affairs, and politics, are some of the categories represented. Our collection is on the first floor of Mullen Library in the Reference Reading Room.

Summer vacation (giphy.com)

Hold your cursor over the Title to see a short description of the book, or click to view the catalog record. The status of the book is shown beside the call number.

Title Author Status
The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America Anderson, Carol
Phosphorescence: A Memoir of Finding Joy When Your World Goes Dark Baird, Julia
It’s Elemental: The Hidden Chemistry in Everything Biberdorf, Kate
Beautifully Organized at Work: Bring Order and Joy to Your Work Life So You Can Stay Calm, Relieve Stress, and Get More Done Each Day Boyd, Nikki
Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead Austin, Emily
Joker Moon Martin, George R. R.
Such a Quiet Place Miranda, Megan.
Hell of a Book Mott, Jason
Together We Will Go Straczynski, J. Michael
Trejo: My Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood Trejo, Danny / Logue, Donal
Inside Comedy: The Soul, Wit, and Bite of Comedy and Comedians of the Last Five Decades Steinberg, David
After the Fall: Being American in the World We’ve Made Rhodes, Ben
Forgetting: The Benefits of Not Remembering Small, Scott A.
Love People, Use Things: Because the Opposite Never Works Millburn, Joshua Fields & Nicodemus, Ryan
The Burning Blue: The Untold Story of Christa Mcauliffe and NASA’s Challenger Disaster Cook, Kevin
Living Brave: Lessons from Hurt, Lighting the Way to Hope Dingle, Shannon
Bring Your Baggage and Don’t Pack Light: Essays Ellis, Helen
An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination Frenkel, Sheera & Kang, Cecilia
The Director: My Years Assisting J. Edgar Hoover Letersky, Paul/ Dillow, Gordon L.
How to Survive America Hughley, D. L. & Moe, Doug
Islands of Abandonment: Nature Rebounding in the Post-human Landscape Flyn, Cal
Americanon Mchugh, Jess
How to Love Animals: In a Human-shaped World Mance, Henry
Carry on: Reflections for a New Generation Lewis, John Robert
Don’t Let It Get You Down: Essays on Race, Gender, and the Body Nolan, Savala

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Swank Digital Campus

Do you enjoy streaming and watching movies? We are happy to announce a new streaming service Swank Digital Campus!

This streaming library includes 1,000 top feature films, documentaries and foreign films from the largest movie studios, including Walt Disney, Warner Bros., Paramount, NBCUniversal, Columbia Pictures, Lions Gate, MGM, Miramax and many more. 

Feature films include Casablanca, Psycho, West Side Story, Jaws, Blazing Saddles, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Beauty and the Beast, and Jurassic Park. Documentary-dramas include Won’t You Be My Neighbor? and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Click here to see more titles using the Swank Featured Collection. 

Please click here to access and select STUDENT.

Google Chromecast allows users to stream directly to their TVs. Please visit Google’s support pages at the link for information on setting up your Chromecast device. See Google Chromecast support and setup.

Happy Watching!! 

Starting July 19: Mullen Library returns to nearly full service

Starting July 19th, Mullen Library will offer nearly full service:

  • All who visit the library are required to wear a mask.
  • A valid photo ID must be presented to enter the John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library:
    • Catholic U students and faculty must have their new, blue Cardinal Cards for entry.
    • Non-CU visitors must sign in and present ID (for ex., driver’s license) that includes an expiration date.
  • Patrons will be able to check out and return books at the Circulation Desk.
  • Patrons who prefer no contact may use our easy, self-check in the library lobby and return books to one of our book drops (in the library lobby and at the rear of the library).
  • Book pickup will be moved to Mullen Library’s hold shelf. Patrons will no longer need to make a reservation to pick up the books they requested through our catalog, SearchBox, they can simply come to the Circulation Desk and ask for the books that are ready to be picked up.
  • As always, the Special Collections, Oliveira Lima Library, and Semitics/ICOR Library are only open by appointment.
  • For more details, please see the Libraries COVID-19 Information Guide.

The Archivist’s Nook: Rare Book Acquisitions, 2021

Special Collections, including the Rare Books Department, like the rest of the world, is emerging from the shadow of the COVID Pandemic. Fortunately, we were able to acquire new books and related materials during the vicissitudes of 2020, which we reported on in a November blog post, and are pleased to announce further significant purchases during 2021 from reputable dealers to grow our collections.

English Recusant Prayer Book with Book of Hours, 1630. Special Collections, The Catholic University of America.

The first item is a work reflecting the response of English Catholics to persecution in their homeland. It is a English Recusant’s Prayer Book titled ‘Exercitium hebdomadarium, collectore Ioanne Wilsono sacerdote Anglo; in gratiam piorum Catholicorum’ from 1630 bound along with a Book of Hours titled ‘Officium passionis Iesu Christi ex oraculis prophetarum desumptum’ originally published in 1621. This pocket prayer book was compiled by Jesuit priest John Wilson, who managed the English College Press at St. Omer. The two books were edited by Wilson and printed in the same typographic format at Antwerp at the Plantin Press of Balthasar Moretus. Both parts include Flemish Baroque engravings in the style of Antoine Wierix, including the second part with a series of nearly a dozen scenes showing the Passion of the Christ. (1) Both editions are considered scares and this second edition was purchased from Samuel Gedge Books of England.

L’Histoire de Jansenius et de Saint-Siran, ca. 1695. Special Collections, The Catholic University of America.

The second item is a book related to the Jansenist Heresy, primarily active in France, which emphasized original sin, divine grace, and predestination.  It is titled ‘L’Histoire de Jansenius et de Saint-Siran’ and was published in Brussels, ca. 1695, anonymously, due to its scurrilous content regarding an imaginary dialogue between Cornelius Jansen and the Abbe de Saint-Cyran in a supposed conference about 1620 at the Bourgfontaine Monastery with a plot to overthrow the established church. The latter had introduced Jansen’s doctrine into France, in particular among the nuns of Port-Royal. This rare sole edition is 192 pages, bound in contemporary calf, with the joints and spine a little chipped. It also has a stamp on the blank flyleaf of an English boarding school of St. Edmund’s College, Ware, and was purchased by Catholic U. from Inlibris of Vienna (2).

Calendario Dispuesto por Don Mariano Joseph de Zuniga…1814, Special Collection, The Catholic University of America.

The third item is as much artifact as publication and a unique addition to our materials related to Latin America titled ‘Calendario Dispuesto por Don Mariano Joseph de Zuniga y Ontiveros Agrimensor por S. M. (Q. D. G.) Para el Ano del Senor de 1815 Los Seis Meses Primeros.’ It is the only edition of an 1815 colonial Mexican sheet almanac by Mariana Jose de Zuniga y Ontiveros, published in 1814 in Mexico City the last of the pre-Independence Zuniga dynasty of Mexican printers. The almanac records eclipses and other celestial events, lunar phases, meteorological predictions, astrological data, feast days, and key moments in the Catholic calendar. It is printed in seven columns within a typographic border on each side and includes small woodcuts of the Virgin of Guadeloupe and San Felipe de Jesús. Similar to European almanacs, Mexican almanacs were printed in the months preceding the forthcoming year. Zúñiga was a mathematician, land surveyor, and member of the Royal Board of Charity of Mexico. The only other year of this type of sheet or series is the 1805 edition held at the University of Texas at Sah Antonio. (3) The Catholic University almanac was purchased from William Cotter Books of Austin, Texas.

Manuscript Sermon by the Minister of Trinity Church, San Francisco, 1856. Special Collections, The Catholic University of America.

The final item is a significant addition to our growing body of Anti-Catholic materials and is titled a ‘Manuscript Sermon Preached by the Minister of Trinity Church in San Francisco in 1856 on Hebrews XIII:  “We have an Altar whereof they have no right to eat those who serve the Tabernacle.”’ It is a firebrand sermon preached in 1856 in San Francisco at the Trinity Episcopal Church by the Reverend Stephen Chipman Thrall. He was the third rector of Trinity Church, 1856-1862, and the biblical text is the stimulus for his assault on what he considered the blasphemous dogma of the Roman Catholic Church (4).  It is a nineteen page, 8 ½ by 13 ½ inch, ink manuscript on blank versos of forms from the Custom House Collector’s Office, written in a contemporary hand and purchased from David Lessor Books of Connecticut.

These four new acquisitions, covering three continents and three centuries, are a further enhancement to the diverse Special Collections at Catholic University. We hope to post further updates regarding acquisitions as well as conservation work before the end of 2021. Please contact us with any questions.

(1) Samuel Gedge Ltd, Norwich, England, Catalog 30, 2020, p. 23.

(2) Thanks to David Rueger of Antiquariat Inlibris.

(3) William S. Cotter Rare Books at https://www.wscotterrarebooks.com/

(4) California Historical Society Quarterly, Sep., 1955, Vol. 34, No. 3 (Sep., 1955), pp. 231-237.

(5) Special thanks to STM and BM for their assistance.

Beginning May 24: Study Space Reservations Discontinued

Effective May 24, 2021, study space reservations will no longer be needed to enter Mullen Library.

Mullen Library will be open to all who have a current CU ID.  In accordance with DC and campus guidelines to protect themselves and those in our community who are unable to receive the vaccine, those who have not been vaccinated should continue to wear a mask at all times.

Library Stacks Access: Update

Library in-person services and schedules will be increasing throughout the summer as we hire and train more student employees. At the beginning of the summer, reservations will still be required to enter Mullen. The Stacks will open for browsing on Monday, May 17. While our circulation staff is still focusing on remote delivery of materials and contactless book pickup, to borrow books from the Stacks you may either use the self-check machine located in the lobby or leave books in bags provided at the circulation desk to be charged out and picked up at a later scheduled time. The current status of all library services can be found in our Libraries COVID-19 Information Guide.