Newspapers Committee & Digitizing Partners Forum

Committee Charge and Forum Purpose

Darren Poley Darren G. Poley, Chair

The Catholic Newspapers Committee is charged with establishing a program that will identify, locate, document, preserve and digitize North American Catholic newspapers, working systematically and collaboratively with CRRA members, digitizing partners, scholars, and other associations. The Digitizing Partners Forum provides critical input and support concerning the active digitization of papers of interest

2018/19 Goals:

  • Create a teaching module that sources Catholic newspapers and the CNA. 
  • Contribute to creation and implementation of a marketing plan for the CNA (Board). 
  • Identify grant opportunities, contribute to proposals, promote collaborative proposals and encourage digitization of partner-held Catholic newspaper collections. 
  • Foster the development of new partnerships to expand content in the CNA.

2017/18 Accomplishments:

  • Katherine Nuss, Digitizing Partner, advised on the successful proposal developed by Pat Lawton, CRRA Digital Initiatives, to complete digitization of the Catholic News Service historic newsfeeds 1920-1986, the Catholic World in Pictures and selected diocesan content.
  • Sarah Patterson Ater, Digitizing Partner, Archdiocese of Cincinnati Archives, obtained grant funding to digitize the Catholic Telegraph (1831-1885) in 2018.
  • Karen Lesiak, St. Thomas Seminary Library, Hartford, Digitizing Partner, obtained local funding to digitize an additional ten years of the Catholic Transcript.
  • Digitizing partners at Seton Hall University, Marquette University, and the Clarion Herald, New Orleans, provided content for digitizing selected years, respectively, of The Catholic Advocate, the Catholic Worker, and the Clarion Herald.
  • Todd Jensen, Project Manager, CNA, ex officio Digitizing Partner, developed monthly use statistics.
  • Advised on the financial model and plan for the Catholic News Archive.
  • Advised on promotional articles and announcements for the Catholic News Archive.


For a list of current Catholic Newspapers Committee members, click here.
For a listing of all CRRA Digitizing Partners, click here.

Past Projects:

The Catholic Newspapers Committee often carries out its work through subcommittees and working groups. Past groups provided direction and strategies to guide the emerging Catholic Newspapers Program.

  • The Digitization Agreement Group advised on the scope and content of what legal agreements would be required for obtaining permissions from rights owners for making digitized newspapers available. 
  • The Digitization Specifications Group developed digitization specifications based on national standards and tailored for the CRRA’s Catholic Newspapers Program for use by digitizing partners and CRRA members.
  • In 2013, the Newspaper Directory Group identified, explored and recommended software and hardware solutions for the CRRA Newspaper Directory, which resulted in the submission of metadata for selected Catholic papers to the ICON Database hosted by the Center for Research Libraries, Chicago, IL. 
  • In 2013-14, the Repository Group identified the purposes and priorities for a CRRA repository, and recommended strategies, options, and cost estimates for repository options for newspapers repository, evaluated options, developed Catholic newspapers in digital form. The result was the adoption of the Veridian platform.