Legal Issues In Religious Archive Practice Seminar
9 A.M. PT       12 P.M. ET      4 P.M. GMT (5 P.M. BST) With completion of many religious communities on the horizon, the legal issues become more complex as the community transfers its archives to a third-party repository. There are questions including: 1) how will the historical charism and legacy be respected and preserved? 2) does the permanent repository have a clear understanding of the charism of the community? 3) is the …
Forging a New Vision for Religious Archives Webinar
The ARCC (Archival Resources for Catholic Collections) Educational Resources Working Group will host its first webinar to revisit the importance and enduring value of Catholic religious archival collections. Speakers will address the significance of archives for preserving community identity and religious men and women’s lasting impact on society.
Archival Resources for Catholic Collections (ARCC) Announces Inaugural Symposium Series Presentation on November 12, 2020
CHICAGO, IL, September 28, 2020 — The Archival Resources for Catholic Collections (ARCC) Repository Working Group is proud to announce its inaugural Symposium Series on November 12, 2020. The first symposim will address the various types of repositories serving Catholic religious archives, with a review of solutions available to institutions with diminishing numbers, and practical advice on selecting a repository. Religious leaders, archivists, and scholars across the globe are invited to attend. This online, virtual …

ARCC In the News

Joined Hands, Joined Archives: Collaborating to Build a Future for Catholic Religious Archives

By Nadia Nasr, Santa Clara University Library

Archival Outlook, July/August 2019

Most at risk are outlier congregations like the Sisters of the Holy Family (SHF) in Fremont, California. SHF was founded in San Francisco in 1872 by Sister Delores Armer, with the support of Joseph Sadoc Alemany, San Francisco’s first Archbishop, and Father John J. Prendergast, to advocate for poor and needy families in post-Gold Rush California. . . Read More

The Future of Catholic Religious Archives: A New Approach to Preserving Collections

By Malachy R. McCarthy, Claretian Missionaries Archives USA-Canada

Archival Outlook, November 2018

What do you do when the records of a shrinking community—a community that historically has provided services to every level of society—are in jeopardy? Such is the case for the records of many religious communities affected by completion or mergers. . . Keep Reading

Grace at Work

By Rosie McCarty

US Catholic, August 2018

There is an untold American history in Catholic religious communities’ archives. Religious communities of men and women have been woven into the fabric of America since its very beginnings. Working in parishes, schools, hospitals, orphanages, social services, and much more, these men and women religious have shaped not only Catholic history but American history as well. . . Learn More

Conference to Look at Challenges of Preserving Religious Order’s Archives

By Kurt Jensen

Catholic News Service, Apr-16-2018

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Recorded history typically is the privilege of the famous, powerful and wealthy, and that’s the same for institutions as for individuals. And for the Catholic Church, there’s never been any shortage of preservation of theological documents. . . Continue Reading

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Archival Resources for Catholic Collections (ARCC) Steering Committee Formed

Welcome to the newly launched website for ARCC. It is designed as a resource for religious leaders, archivists, and scholars looking for information to strengthen Catholic religious archives. Our Steering Committee represents each of the three constituencies represented at the 2018 Boston College conference: religious leaders, archivists and scholars. The committee members are (pictured above…

Selected Bibliography of United States Catholic Printed and Digital Resources

We are pleased to share with you “A Selected Bibliography of United States Catholic Printed and Digital Resources.” While not exhaustive, this tool provides lists of · Basic reference tools such as Catholic encyclopedias and periodical and literature indexes · Books and articles focusing on the accomplishments of Catholic religious women and men in the…

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