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Catholic Portal Content and Scope

Portal content emphasizes rare, unique, and uncommon Catholic scholarly resources. The content and scope are more fully described in the Collection Policy Statement, as well as in this audio introduction by Collections Chair Stephanie Shreffler.


The Catholic Research Resources Alliance has identified twelve collecting themes. These themes are intended to encourage contribution of relevant institutional resources, but are not intended to be prescriptive. All formats, including manuscripts, books, ephemera, photographs, and artifacts are of interest. Portal records identify the owning institutions for non-digital resources and, where the resources exist in a digital format, link directly to the digital resource.

The twelve collecting themes include:

  1. Catholic Diocesan Collections, including papers of bishops
  2. Catholic Education
  3. Catholic Intellectual Life
  4. Catholic Literary Figures
  5. Catholic Liturgy and Devotion
  6. Catholic Men's Religious Orders
  7. Catholic Missions
  8. Catholic Peacebuilding
  9. Catholic Social Action
  10. Catholic Women's Religious Orders
  11. Catholicism and Citizenship
  12. Vatican II