Special Collections has thousands of free online digital objects for use in your virtual classrooms.
Our digital materials are organized by type:
Digital Collections. A digital collection is a set of digital objects with minimal supporting information. These are either entire collections, or parts of collections that have been digitized and posted on our site with basic descriptive information such as collection description, title, date, and subject of object. We have 39 collections online, with materials ranging from Catholic University’s yearbook, The Cardinal, to The Treasure Chest of Fun and Fact Catholic comic book.
Digital Exhibits. Digital Exhibits are selections of digitized materials curated by Archives staff. Our trained staff, in addition to guests from various University departments, have curated several online digital exhibits for public use. These range from historical tours of the University campus to selections from our collections related to Irish nationalism in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Rare Books. The holdings of the Rare Books Collection, some 70,000 volumes, range from medieval documents to first editions of twentieth-century books. We certainly don’t have all of these materials digitized, but you can find some of the rare books collection online.
Special Collections also has a limited capacity to digitize on demand, and we may have digitized materials available, though not yet online. Please contact Maria Mazzenga, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have a request for a specific set of digital materials for use in your classes. Special collections staff are available for virtual assistance, just email us at email@example.com with your requests.
Come all ye lovers of free things digital! Teachers and archivists, archivists and teachers, we call you all. The Catholic Archives in the Digital Age Conference takes place October 8-9, 2015 on the campus of The Catholic University of America. And it’s FREE.
Perdition: I don’t know how to digitize my collection materials. I don’t know how to get free online stuff for my classroom.
Let’s face it, resources are scarce—time, money, and staff are in short supply. Most archivists would love to put their unrestricted materials online for researchers and teachers to use. And most teachers don’t like spending hours online searching for excellent classroom resources. But the fact is, archivists don’t usually have the time, staff, or equipment to make their materials widely available. Teachers, for their part, don’t always know where to look for digital documents they can use in their Catholic history, religious studies, and theology classes. Continue reading “The Archivist’s Nook: Get Off the Road to Digital Perdition”→