How You Can Help

We welcome your collaboration in developing and maintaining 1) the full-text, digital collection of newspapers in the Catholic News Archive and 2) the Directory of Catholic Newspapers Online, which provides links to Catholic newspapers available online at other sites. All Catholic diocesan, lay and student papers published in North America are in scope.

Proposing a paper for inclusion in the Catholic News Archive.

  1. Start by checking the Papers of Interest. Is your paper already listed? It may be in the Archive, in process, or have been suggested by current or future digitizing partners working with CRRA to make those papers available.

  2. If your paper IS NOT listed, contact Todd Jensen, Project Manager, Catholic News Archive and/or Jennifer Younger, Executive Director, CRRA. Let us know your interest. Do you have the paper on paper, film, PDFs or digital files? Are your holdings extensive? Is the paper currently available online, and if yes, where? What about possible financial support? Negative answers point to what needs to be done, which is helpful. Let’s start a conversation on what the next steps might be.

  3. If your paper IS listed, contact Todd or Jennifer. We can provide a more detailed status report and let you know where we need help. You might be able to supply high quality film for scanning (less expensive than scanning from paper), supply missing issues to fill in gaps, scanned images, born digital in PDFs, and/or digital copies of scanned and/or indexed issues. We may need help in getting permission to digitize a paper for the years not yet in the public domain.
You may be able to provide financial support and/or collaborate in developing a grant proposal for a specific project. Several digitizing partners have obtained grants. We can furnish information on specifications, digitizing costs, vendors, workflow and provide an established platform to host the content. We will collaborate in crafting and reviewing the proposal with a view particularly to the reasons why digitizing Catholic newspapers is important and the impact of an aggregated freely-available digital collection as seen in user success stories and usage data.

 

Adding a paper or new information to the Directory of Catholic Newspapers Online.

The Directory of Catholic Newspapers Online is a frequently used reference source of papers already online in one or more places. To add papers, send the metadata to Meghan McGrath. Please include the following:

  1. Title (including "The" if it part of the official title)
  2. City and State where published
  3. Publisher
  4. Dates of years available online
  5. URL to the resource (If more than one URL, the second URL will go into the notes as indicated in #6 below.)
  6. Notes about the paper; online availability in other places, with the URL(s) of those resources

Example #1:

  1. Pittsburgh Catholic
  2. Pittsburgh, PA
  3. Archdiocese of Pittsburgh
  4. March 16, 1844 to present
  5. http://digital.library.duq.edu/cdm-pc/  
  6. Notes: The title link includes issues from 1844-2001. Online (version of paper covers issues from 2000-present. Some years are in the Catholic News Archive.
Example #2:
  1. The Aquinas
  2. Scranton, PA
  3. University of Scranton
  4. 1916 to present
  5. http://aquinas.scranton.edu/
  6. Student newspaper of the University of Scranton. Online editions available from 2013-present, print versions available from 2014-16. Archived editions of this student newspaper, including its predecessor from St. Thomas College, are available via the University of Scranton Archives.