Repository Working Group

The purpose of the ARCC Repository Working Group is to develop guidance and best practices for collaborations between religious communities and/or academic institutions. Areas of consideration include defining responsibilities for shared or deposited collections, assistance with financial support, descriptive standards, and privacy and access concerns. If you would like to become active in ARCC and join our Google group, please contact

Past Events

ARCC Symposium Series – November 12, 2020

Recording of the inaugural symposium generously hosted by St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas, on Zoom on November 12, 2020.

TOPIC: The various types of repositories serving religious archives. A review of solutions available to institutions with diminishing numbers, and practical advice on selecting a repository.

Consolidated Archives:  David Miros, Jesuit Archives and Research Center, St. Louis, Missouri

Diocesan Archives: Tricia Pyne, The Associated Archives of St. Mary’s Seminary and University, Baltimore, Maryland

University Archives: Nadia Nasr, Archives & Special Collections Department, University Library, Santa Clara University, California

Public Repository: Carey Pallister, Sisters of St. Ann, Royal BC Museum and Archives, Victoria, Canada

Collaborative Archives: Malachy McCarthy, Claretian Missionaries Archives, Chicago, Illinois

Questions and Answers from the Symposium

Symposium Series Registration Survey Results

Additional Resources

What do we do with archives?
By Mary Grace Kosta, MA, MLIS

Options for embracing the future of religious archives for institutions facing closure, with a focus on Roman Catholic archives, are provided in this paper.  The paper finds that there are three main options which involve consolidation, transfer to another repository through donation or permanent loan, and creating a collaborative archives space. The benefits and drawbacks with these various approaches are summarized. The key recommendations of the working paper published after the Boston conference, and what religious archivists are doing in the present in terms of these recommendations, is also discussed.

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