The Catholic University of America

Online Exhibits

A Historical Walking Tour of The Catholic University of America (CUA)

Developed in conjunction with the university's 125th anniversary, the tour recounts important campus buildings in addition to the development of the surrounding area.  The tour can be accessed through the interactive map.

Biblical Scholarship at Catholic University
Photographs and documents illustrating the history of Biblical studies and the unique scholarly community at CUA.

Heritage of CUA
History Professor John Sweet’s 2002 Public History course explored CUA’s history that led to its opening in 1889 and relationship with the Brookland neighborhood. The finished site’s home page lists six topics: Founding, Growth, Prominence, Biographies, Traditions, and Maps and Multimedia. According to CUA Archivist Timothy J. Meagher, “The site gives people a quick, accessible introduction to CUA and sets the university’s history in a broader context.”

Laboring for Justice: Celebrating Presidential Medal of Freedom Honoree Monsignor George G. Higgins and his Lifetime of Service to the Cause of Workers’ Rights
An exhibit of images chronicling the breadth of activities of Monsignor Higgins for the causes to which he has dedicated his career.

History of CUA's History Department

Results of faculty/student research on departmental history.

“Mother” Jones
Photographs and letters chronicling the life of Mary Harris “Mother” Jones, renowned labor activist during the turn of the last century.

Father Eli W.J. Lindesmith Collection
A collection of papers and museum artifacts about Fr. Lindesmith's life and mission.

Historic Music of CUA
The Catholic University of America is privileged to have a great many pieces of music written to celebrate the University and inspire its community in sports, social events, and ceremonial occasions. Most are original compositions by CUA students and faculty throughout the decades.

Terence Vincent Powderly Photographic Collections
Labor leader Powderly was also an avid and talented amateur photographer. To view the WRLC Digital project click here. For more information please see the Terence Vincent Powderly Photographic Collection Page. See also a CUA student created exhibit about Powderly and Ellis Island.

Remembering JFK

Noting the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination.

Together in Faith: The Pope Visits Catholic University
An online exhibit which focuses on the April 17, 2008 visit of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI to our campus.

Turning Toward a New Century: What Does it mean to be Catholic and American
The question of faith encountering culture has played out over two millennia. Perhaps at no time in the United States did it seem so urgent than at the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth. America was transforming from a rural second class power into an urban industrial player in world politics. The American Catholic people struggled to reconcile their European ancestries with their American birthright. For them the question, “What does it mean to be Catholic and American?,” was especially pressing.

Vanished Buildings: Historic Images of The Catholic University of America
Combining materials from the American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives, this project documents the University’s past, including descriptions of former buildings and biographies.

The Joy of Collecting: The Strishock Print Collection
This digital exhibit displays an eclectic mix of etchings, paintings, and wood block prints acquired through collecting clubs and subscription groups and purchased by Daniel and Joan M. Strishock. The Strishock’s donated this collection to The Catholic University of American in 1968 and it features a variety of subjects, themes, and artists.

Vatican Council II Collections and Resources
The American Catholic History Center and University Archives celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council with this site uniting all of our Vatican II collections. Here one may find a guide to our manuscript and AV holdings to expedite resource discovery

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