Posts with the tag: special collections

The Archivist’s Nook: Rare Book Acquisitions, 2019-2020

Rare Books was formally added to Special Collections in May 2019, joining the University Archives, Museum, and Manuscripts, also known as the American Catholic History Research Collection. New acquisitions have been a challenge while operating in a climate of budget and staff limits even before the onset of the COVID Crisis. However, we are pleased Read More

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The Archivist’s Nook: Conservation in Rare Books

Beginning last year, Special Collections staff began a process of reviewing Catholic University’s Rare Books collection for works facing conservation issues. With over 65,000 works in the collection, we had to focus on the most immediate concerns. Of particular interest was the manuscripts collection, which holds over 200 one-of-a-kind handwritten texts from the medieval to Read More

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The Archivist’s Nook: Curating the Catechism

This week’s post is guest-authored by Mikkaela Bailey is a PhD student at CUA studying medieval history with special interests in women’s history, public history, and digital humanities. You can find her on Twitter: @mikkaela_bailey Curation is a long, detailed conversation between individuals, offices, texts, and objects, as students from Catholic University’s History and Public Life Read More

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The Archivist’s Nook: The Brutal Archives

The following post was authored by Graduate Library Professional Juan-Pablo Gonzalez. The construction of a Brutalist building at The Catholic University of America marked a departure from the existing architectural style previously seen at CUA and it was a departure from original conceptions of the growth of the university taking shape in a form that Read More

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The Archivist’s Nook: Embodiment – Becoming the Spectacle of the Opera

The following post was authored by Graduate Library Professional Juan-Pablo Gonzalez. Joseph Novak was The Chief Scenic Artist of The Metropolitan Opera Company in New York City, from 1910 to 1952—an approximately 40-year tenure. His archival papers consist of a collection of artistic works and associated documents that were originally donated to The Catholic University Read More

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