Catholic Newspapers Program (CNP)

"Students love to click to their sources, rather than going through hard-bound newspaper issues in the stacks."

 --Paula Kane, Marous Chair of Catholic Studies, University of Pittsburgh (on why she refers her students to Catholic Newspapers Online)

 newspaper_catholic_herald.jpgThe Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) initiated the Catholic Newspapers Program (CNP) in 2011. The goal and scope of the program, overseen by the Catholic Newspapers Committee, is to provide access to all extant Catholic newspapers published in North America. These program activities include:

  • An environmental scan of North American Catholic newspapers to determine what newspapers exist, where they are located and the extent of holdings and formats.  A summer 2012 pilot project at the University of Notre Dame resulted in the identification of 800+ titles.
  • Creation of a comprehensive directory of North American Catholic newspapers, freely available to all, via the International Coalition on Newspapers (ICON) database; CRRA works with member institutions and partners to contribute title and holdings data to ICON.
  • Collaborative digitization of papers of interest  with the help of our Digitizing Partners. Initial efforts are focused here while simultaneously providing encouragement, guidance, and support to others interested in digitizing Catholic papers. 
  • Implementation of a shared repository for Catholic newspapers, including the priority papers and beyond. The repository will contain already-digitized and born-digital content. The Catholic News Archive is freely available now!
  • Last but not least, please see the current listing of Catholic Newspapers Online - and help us to populate this list by sending us information about digitized or born-digital Catholic newspapers. For those interested in historic newspapers more generally, please also see Kenneth Marks's website, which currently has over 15,000 links to free online historic newspapers in the US and Canada.

We are a non-profit, collaborative organization and as such, welcome and encourage your participation to achieve our goals. More on how you can help.

Learn more:

Program Plan and Progress

Presentations and Publications