About the CNP

This program is inspired by conversations with scholars, students, consultants, librarians, archivists, granting agencies, historians, business owners, clergy, religious, and the leaders of other professional organizations from spring 2009 through fall 2011. Stakeholders have been consistent: in addition to providing discovery of uncommon Catholic scholarly resources and collections, providing access to the thing itself is imperative. 

CRRA turned to its Scholars Advisory Committee to identify singular collections that are not digitized but of high value to a wide scholarly base. The Committee identified three primary digitization targets:

  • The Official Catholic Directory (OCD), 
  • Catholic pamphlets, and 
  • Catholic newspapers. 

CRRA members Villanova University and the University of Notre Dame have begun digitization of the OCD and Catholic pamphlets, respectively. With participation and support from the Association of Catholic Diocesan Archivists (ACDA), the Catholic Library Association (CLA) and the American Theological Library Association (ATLA), the CRRA is taking the lead to enhance access to Catholic newspapers.

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Program Plan and Progress

Presentations and Publications