The Catholic University of America

ACUA Catholic Education Collections

A Selected List of Holdings in the American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives, The Catholic University of America. For more information on how to access materials in this guide, please visit the ACUA website.


As a result of serving as the archives of The Catholic University of America and national Catholic organizations in Washington, D.C., ACUA has a rich collection of material documenting Catholic education at the university as well as in the United States. The archives holds extensive documentation of CUA from its founding in 1887 to the present day, particularly with regards to photographs. Catholic education primary source material in the manuscript collection exists in organizational records such as the National Catholic Education Association, as well as in personal papers such as the Paul Hanley Furfey. The manuscript materials span three centuries of activity from the Thomas J. Shahan Papers of the early 19th century to the Records of the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership in 2005. In addition to these primary materials, the archives also holds additional research databases and printed material for further information on Catholic education at CUA and in the United States.


Aiken, Charles Francis. Papers. 1886–1924. 3 linear feet; 7 boxes.

A finding aid to the papers of Charles Francis Aiken.

Primarily lecture notes but also includes sermons, correspondence, articles, addresses, and a seminary diary focusing on Aiken’s years as a CUA student and faculty member. Aiken was born in Boston on April 8, 1863 and died there on July 8, 1925. He began a teaching career at Catholic University in 1897 where he served as an instructor, 1897–1900, assistant professor, 1900–1906, and ordinary professor of apologetics, 1906–1924. He became dean of the faculty of theology, 1909–1913.

Bouquillon, Thomas. Papers. 1864–1904. 1 linear foot; 2 boxes.

A finding aid to the papers of Thomas Bouquillon.

Bouquillon was appointed to the Catholic University of Lille, France in 1877 and remained there for the next decade. He came to The Catholic University of America as one of the original faculty members and was invloved in the Catholic education controversy of the 1890s. From 1889 until 1902, the year of his death, he served as Professor of Moral Theology.

The collection contains biographical information, general correspondence, miscellaneous lectures and notes, newspaper clippings, and miscellaneous publications.

Byron, William James. Papers. 1977–1992. 9 linear feet; 7 boxes.

The 12th president of The Catholic University of America (CUA) 1982–1992, Father Byron is a native of Pittsburgh who grew up in Philadelphia. He taught at Loyola of Baltimore, Woodstock College, and Fordham University. Before coming to CUA, he had a deanship at Loyola University of New Orleans and was president of the University of Scranton. He is the author of Toward Stewardship and has published scores of articles dealing with economics, social ethics, and educational issues.

The collection consists of plaques, awards, medals, diplomas, and regalia dating from Byron’s presidencies of the University of Scranton and CUA. There are also photographs from his CUA years, especially a 1985 trip to Taiwan.

An online finding aid is not available for this collection. Please contact the archives.

College Theology Society (CTS). Records. 1953–2015. 29 linear feet; 23 boxes.

A finding aid for the College Theology Society (CTS) Records.

Founded in 1953 as a Roman Catholic organization and professional association of college and university professors. Membership is open to those who teach and hold degrees in theology and religious studies and includes persons from the United States, Canada, and Europe. Publications include the CTS journal Horizons which publishes articles and book reviews and the Annual Volume which focuses on the themes of the annual convention.

Primarily files of William Cenker, Gary Macy, Miriam Ward, Francis Buckley, and Dennis Doyle including Board of Directors’ Minutes and related material, 1954–1997; general correspondence, 1965–1985; constitutions and by-laws, n.d.; membership and convention material, 1954–1991; and various publications and related correspondence, 1968–2002.

Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA). Records. 1946–2017. 37.5 linear feet; 30 boxes.

A finding aid to the records of the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA).

Formed in 1946 at a meeting in New York City, the society is a professional organization of both Catholic and non-Catholic clergy, religious, and lay men and women including professors, teachers, and scholars that meets every June at an annual convention. Its purpose is to promote education and scholarship in relation to current problems by providing a forum to further the cause of unity among Christians and all people through a better understanding and appreciation of the role of critical religious faith in church and society.

Archival material encompasses correspondence and reports, minutes and proceedings, publications and photographs, financial and membership records generated by the Board of Directors, Executive officers, sundry committees, annual conventions, and regional meetings.

Cooper, John Montgomery. Collection. 1898–1962. 38 linear feet; 72 boxes.

An online finding aid to the papers of John Montgomery Cooper.

Born in Rockville, Maryland in 1881, John Montgomery Cooper achieved distinction as a priest and scientist. Educated at Saint Charles College in Ellicott City, Maryland, and the North American College of Rome, Cooper was ordained in 1905 and became a noted religious educator. He also became a leader within the field of anthropology, a fledgling profession during the 1920s. During his tenure as an assistant pastor at Saint Matthew’s Church between 1905 and 1918, Cooper worked with anthropologists at the Bureau of American Ethnology at the Smithsonian Institution. By 1914, Cooper published his first anthropological study, Analytical and Critical Bibliography of the Tribes of Tierra del Fuego. From that time on, Cooper wore the hats of anthropologist, sociologist, religious educator, and sacred theologian. Cooper’s intellectual range and organizational abilities attracted the attention of John Burke and members of the Catholic University faculty. From 1909, Cooper taught courses in Sacred Theology at Catholic University. Catholic University invited him to teach in the Department of Sacred Theology. By 1923, Cooper began teaching in the sociology department where he taught not only courses in sociology but also introduced anthropology to the curriculum as well.

These papers contain sermons; articles in anthropology, sociology, sacred theology, and religious studies; correspondence arranged by subject and correspondent; and personal correspondence.

Deferrari, Roy J. Papers. 1925–1966. 11.6 linear feet; 29 boxes.

A finding aid to the Papers of Roy J. Deferrari.

Born on June 1, 1890 in Stoneham, Massachusetts, Dr. Deferrari began studying Latin and Greek while attending Melrose High School and continued his education at Dartmouth College, where he specialized in Greek and Latin Literature. After graduating with an A.B. in 1912, he continued his education at Princeton University, earning a M.A. in 1913 and a Ph.D. in 1915. Dr. Deferrari’s began his career at The Catholic University of America as a Professor of Greek and Latin in 1918. In 1930, Dr. Deferrari was appointed to the position of Acting Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He held this position in addition to continuing as Director of the Summer Session and a full Professor of Greek and Latin. Dr. Deferrari died in 1969 at the age of seventy nine.

The Roy J. Deferrari Papers consist of correspondence with professional organizations, published and unpublished drafts of articles, speeches, notes related to Dr. Deferrrari’s published writings, classroom notes and student papers. While some of his classroom notes date to the 1920s and some of his personal papers date to the 1930s, the majority of the items within this collection fall within the range of 1950–1966.

Furfey, Paul Hanly. Papers. 1803 (1896–1992) n.d. 161 linear feet; 129 boxes.

A finding aid to the papers of Paul Hanly Furfey.

Monsignor Furfey, a provocative Irish-Catholic sociologist, was born in 1896 in Cambridge, Massachusetts and educated at Boston College, St. Mary’s University, and The Catholic University of America, where he obtained a doctorate. Ordained in 1922, Furfey taught at Trinity College (DC), the National Catholic School of Social Service, and The Catholic University of America where he headed the sociology department, 1934–1963.

Voluminous papers containing correspondence, reference and research material, calendars and address books, student notes and papers, photographs and other memorabilia, financial records, and printed material reflecting decades of education, religion, and social activism from a Catholic intellectual and spiritual perspective.

Geary, James Aloysius. Papers. 1893–1958. 4 feet; 8 boxes; 1 volume.

A finding aid to the papers of James Aloysius Geary.

Born in Worcester, Massachusetts, James Aloysius Geary, 1882–1962, was educated at Holy Cross College, the Seminary of St. Sulpice in Paris, and the American College in Louvain, Belgium. He received his doctorate from CUA and was ordained in 1907. He became an expert linguist and was a professor at CUA for forty-one years, 1912–53, teaching German and Celtic languages, as well as comparative philology. His scholarly interests covered a wide field. He was recognized as an expert in American Indian languages and worked on a revision of the Fox Indian Text. He also did considerable research on the related words of various Algonquin tribes. He taught free weekly classes in Gaelic for beginners and conversational Gaelic for advanced students for many years.

The papers span the years from Geary’s student days, ca. 1905–1907, to the years just past his retirement, at age seventy in 1953, from The Catholic University of America. The collection includes correspondence, speeches, editorials, research articles, Algonquian and Gaelic language notes, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, poems, and photographs.

Hilger, Sister M. Inez. Correspondence. n.d. .5 feet; 1 box.

Enrolling in September 1924, Sister M. Inez, O.S.B., then a teacher at St. Benedict’s College, St. Joseph, Minnesota, was the first woman to be officially admitted as a student to regular classes at Catholic University. Mainly replies from various Catholic universities to Sister Inez’s requests for curriculum information, the letters dated 1924, 1929, 1936, illustrate the dearth of Catholic graduate education then available to women.

An online finding aid is not available for this collection. Please contact the archives.

Howard, Bishop Francis W. Papers. 1886 (1898–1944) 1959. 43 linear feet; 35 boxes.

Francis William Howard was born in Columbus, Ohio, on 21 June 1867, the fifth of seven children of Francis Howard and Catherine O’Sullivan, both of whom were natives of Ireland. He attended St. Patrick Elementary School and entered St. Joseph Academy in Columbus in 1881. He went to the Seminary of Our Lady of the Angels at Niagara, New York, in 1884 and returned to Mount St. Mary Seminary in Cincinnati in 1888. He was ordained a priest on 16 June 1891. He served in a number of Ohio parishes and became active in diocesan and national educational organization. He also served the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) in several capacities: Secretary from 1904 to 1928, President from 1928 to 1936, and Chairman of the Advisory board until his death on 18 January 1944.

Papers include fairly extensive correspondence files and National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) reports.

An online finding aid is not available for this collection. Please contact the archives.

International Federation of Catholic Alumnae (IFCA). Collection. 1914–2005. 51 linear feet; 38 boxes.

Founded in 1914, the International Federation of Catholic Alumnae (IFCA) promoted the educational activities of teacher-Sisters. The IFCA hoped to be an example of integrity, culture, and charity to help rid the country of bigotry. They established several departments to accomplish their goals: the Motion Picture, Social Welfare, and Education Departments among others.

Records include constitutions and bylaws, convention proceedings, board of directors minutes, correspondence, reports, financial records, chapter histories, photographs, publications, scrapbooks, audio tapes, and some artifacts.

An online finding aid is not available for this collection. Please contact the archives.

Jenkins, Michael. Memorial Scrapbooks. 1915–1916. 2 volumes.

Mainly newspaper clippings of tributes to the memory of Jenkins, financier, railroad magnate and philanthropist. Particularly supportive of the Catholic Church and educational causes, he was a founder, trustee, and, from 1905, treasurer of Catholic University. Included are accounts of his funeral and of the division of his estate.

An online finding aid is not available for this collection. Please contact the archives.

Kerby (William Joseph) Foundation. Collection. 1936–1973. 17 linear feet; 8.5 boxes.

A finding aid to the collection of the William J. Kerby Foundation.

Incorporated in the District of Columbia in 1941, the basic purpose of the Foundation was to promote the religious, charitable, and educational ideals, teachings, and objectives of William Joseph Kerby, in particular, the spiritual basis of democracy, the spiritual significance of social work and the development of Catholic Lay leaders. To this effect, the Foundation supplied funds for scholarships and research publications regarding Catholic social action.

Files of John Cermak, last active officer of the Washington, D.C. office. Material includes correspondence and subject files, minutes and reports, constitutions and bylaws, certificate of incorporation, financial records, refused grant requests, photographs and history of the Foundation.

McNicholas, John Timothy. Papers. 1912, 1925–1949. 1.25 feet; 3 boxes.

A finding aid to the papers of John T. McNicholas.

John T. McNicholas was born in Kiltimagh, County Mayo, Ireland on December 15, 1877. He was the youngest of eight children. He emigrated to the United States with his family in 1881 to Chester, Pennsylvania. He attended elementary school at the Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Chester and St. Joseph’s Preparatory College in Philadelphia. At seventeen, McNicholas entered the Dominican Order at St. Rose’s Priory in Springfield, Kentucky. He was ordained at St. Joseph’s in Somerset, Ohio on October 10, 1901. McNicholas earned a doctorate of Sacred Theology at Minerva. In 1904, McNicholas returned to Somerset to assume the role of master of novices. In 1930, Archbishop McNicholas became the Episcopal Chairman of the Department of Education of the National Catholic Welfare Conference (NCWC). He held this role until 1935 and then again in 1942 to 1945. He also served as the President General of the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) from 1946 to 1950 and held a ten-year chairmanship from 1933 to 1943 of the Episcopal Committee on Motion Pictures which later became the National Legion of Decency. McNicholas also held five terms from 1945 to 1950 as chairman of the Administration Board of the NCWC.

The McNicholas papers consists primarily of correspondence and reports from his participation in the investigation committee and the Episcopal Visiting Committee at CUA from 1925 to 1949.

National Catholic Education Association (NCEA). Records. 1886 (1904–2015) n.d. 695 linear feet; 545 boxes.

A finding aid to the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) records.

The National Catholic Education Association (NCEA), the nation’s oldest and largest Catholic educational organization, was founded in 1904 from the merger of the Educational Conference of Seminary Faculties, the Association of Catholic Colleges, and the Parish School Conference. The vision of Catholic educational unity was embodied by Catholic University Rector Thomas J. Conaty and was implemented by the Reverend, later Bishop, Francis Howard, who served as first executive officer until 1928. Howard sought to maintain individual freedom while addressing prominent issues regarding the length and nature of elementary school curriculum, standardization of Catholic colleges, and the role of the nation’s hierarchy in fostering Catholic educational unity. In 1929 Howard’s successor, Monsignor George Johnson, moved NCEA from Columbus to Washington where he also served concurrently as Director of the Education Department of the National Catholic Welfare Conference (NCWC). Before his death in 1944, Johnson effected increased cooperation with both Catholic and non-Catholic educational organizations and promoted the integration of progressive and scientific methods of education with more traditional Catholic pedagogy. Johnson’s successor, Monsignor Frederick Hochwalt, presided over robust growth with membership increasing from 3,400 to 14,700 by 1966 when he resigned.

Material currently on deposit include administrative records, primarily correspondence and subject files, of the first five administrators: Bishop Francis Howard, 1904–1928; Monsignor George Johnson, 1929–1944; Monsignor Frederick Hochwalt, 1944–1966; the Rev. C. Albert Koob, 1966–1974; and Monsignor John Meyer, 1974–1986. Please note: only the first 100 feet of the collection has been processed at this time.

National Catholic War Council. Records. 1891(1917–1935)1956. 137 linear feet; 110 boxes; 35 reels of microfilm.

A finding aid to the National Catholic War Council records.

The War Council of 1917 represented the first coming together of the American bishops in voluntary association to address great national issues affecting the Church. It was able to deal successfully with such problems as meeting the spiritual and material needs of soldiers preparing for war and women and youth drawn to the cities and the factories. The American Hierarchy soon realized that this united and coordinated effort in wartime was crucial to more effective protection of Church interests in peacetime. This resulted in the creation in 1919 of the National Catholic Welfare Council (later Conference) which involved itself at the federal, state, and local levels of Catholic activity regarding legislation, education, publicity, and social action. Success in providing leadership for the growth and development of the Catholic Church in the United States induced hierarchies in many countries to replicate its organization and methods.

Although the records span the years 1917 to 1932, they concentrate on 1917 to 1919 and contain files and file indexes of Bishop Peter J. Muldoon, chairman of the NCWC Administrative Committee, and those of Father John J. Burke, chairman of the Committee on Special War Activities (CSWA). There are substantial records on education in the National Catholic Welfare Conference (later the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) subgroups of the Executive Department (otherwise known as the Office of the General Secretary), the Legal Department (now known as the Office of the General Counsel), the Department of Education, and the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD).

National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL). Records. 1961–2017. 140 fee; 109 boxes.

The NCCL has been known as a leader in Catholic religious education in the United States since 1967. The NCCL is the successor to the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD), a group with origins in the 1930s. The membership consists of religious educators from the spectrum of the Catholic church including bishops, pastors, diocesan and parish directors of religious education, academics and publishers of catechetical materials, and the NCCL is the only independent national organization exclusively dedicated to serving the church’s catechetical mission.

The collection consists of meeting minutes of the board and committees, publications, and correspondence.

An online finding aid is not available for this collection. Please contact the archives.

New Catholic Encyclopedia. Records. 1959–1979. 194 linear feet; 184 boxes, 29 microfilm reels.

In 1959 the American Hierarchy commissioned The Catholic University of America to produce a New Catholic Encyclopedia (NCE) to be the successor of the original and prestigious Catholic Encyclopedia of the early twentieth century. Rather than a mere revisionary work, the NCE strove to produce a fresh approach to enduring topics, update antiquated materials, and introduce the newest concerns of the Roman Catholic faith in an ever changing world. Fifteen volumes, each containing a million words, were created in the 1960s, with later supplements, in order to define what is directly relevant to the Church and including Catholic contributions to art, science, literature, and culture.

The bulk of materials archived were created in the preparation of the original NCE volumes and include such critical records as correspondence and minutes and reports of the editors and staff that reflect policies, organization, administrative history, and functions. In addition, bibliography, art, contributor, contract, and rejected article files were retained.

An online finding aid is not available for this collection. Please contact the archives.

Nuesse, Celestine Joseph. Papers. 1930–2010. 38 linear feet; 29 boxes.

Catholic educational administrator and author born 25 November 1913 at Sevastopol, Wisconsin, a son of George and Salome Helen (Martens) Nuesse. Educated at numerous institutions, receiving degrees from the following: B.E. from Central State Teacher’s College, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, 1934; M.A. Northwestern University, 1937; Ph.D. The Catholic University of America, 1944, L.H.D. 1982; and LL.D. Merrimack College, 1960. Nuesse was a high school teacher in Wisconsin, 1934–1940. He joined the faculty of the Sociology Department at The Catholic University of America where he has served as Instructor, 1945–1948, Assistant Professor, 1948–1952, Associate Professor, 1952–1964, Professor, 1964–1981, and Professor Emeritus since 1981. In addition, he has served as Dean of the School of Social Science, 1952–1961, Executive Vice President, 1967–1981, Provost, 1968–1979, and Provost Emeritus since 1981.

The Nuesse Papers consist of general correspondence, subject files, travel notes, class lectures, addresses and speeches, and research material for his publications. There are also files related to his Catholic University of America activities as both a teacher and an administrator as well as an editor for the New Catholic Encyclopedia.

An online finding aid is not available for this collection. Please contact the archives.

O’Gorman, Thomas Papers. 1891–1902. 1 inch.

Mainly letters received by O’Gorman, professor of Church history at Catholic University, 1890–1896, Bishop of Sioux Falls, 1896–1920. Topics addressed include: the Columbian Catholic Summer School; debate over CUA’s orthodoxy, 1896; and the succession of the Archdiocese of New York, 1902. Also present is material relating to the ‘Philippine Question’, including a 1902 letter to John Ireland, written from Manila by G. A. O’Reilly, a newly appointed Catholic superintendent of schools. Correspondents include Dennis J. O’Connell, Sebastian G. Messmer, John S. Foley, Maurice Egan, Richard L. Burtsell, William J. Onahan, and Conde B. Pallen. Also present are two history notebooks in Latin.

An online finding aid is not available for this collection. Please contact the archives.

O’Hara, Frank. Papers. 1922–1923, 1930–1931. 8 items.

O’Hara was an instructor and later professor of political economy at Catholic University, 1909–1938. Organizer and president of St. Anthony’s Parish Credit Union, 1932–1938, he was also chairman of the Parish Credit Union National Committee which came under the control of the Social Action department of the National Catholic Welfare Conference. Three incoming letters reflect his work with parish credit unions. Also present are: material connected with O’Hara’s teaching, including a class book for 1922–23; John A. Ryan’s book review of Religion and Rise of Capitalism by R.H. Tawnley, clipped from the NCWC Editorial Sheet; and a letter from the Catholic Encyclopedia Revision Department discussing suggestions that O’Hara had made concerning their treatment of the subject of Political Economy.

An online finding aid is not available for this collection. Please contact the archives.

Pace, Edward Aloysius. Papers. 1887 (1887–1938) 1963. 8 linear feet; 16 boxes.

A finding aid to the papers of Edward Aloysius Pace.

Edward Aloysius Pace was born on July 3, 1861 in Starke, Florida. While growing up in Florida, he went on to study at St. Charles College, Maryland, the North American College in Rome, where he was ordained in 1885, and the Universities of Leipzig, Louvain, and Paris. He received his doctorate in psychology in 1891. Before returning to Europe for his doctoral studies, Pace was the rector of the Cathedral of St. Augustine, Florida. However, in 1891 Pace began his long academic career at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Pace would remain at CUA unitl his death in 1938. He worked with the Catholic Education Association (CEA), later the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA), and the Department of Education of the National Catholic Welfare Council/Conference (NCWC). Pace was also a co-founder of Trintiy College, a women’s college in Washington, DC.

The Edward Pace Papers consist mainly of academic and professional papers from 1889 to 1938. The collection contains Pace’s files from his work with the Institute of Pedagogy, the CEA/NCEA and the NCWC, Department of Education.

Ryan, Patrick Joseph. Interview. 1975. 2 items; Cassette tape; Typed transcript.

Ordained in 1927, Ryan served in the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps, 1928–1958, becoming Chief of Chaplains in 1954. The interview, the first in a planned but uncompleted series, was conducted by then-CUA archivist George Hurneni, and covers Ryan’s childhood and education in Minnesota, from his birth in 1902 to his recollections of St. Thomas’ College where he received a B.A. in 1923 and St. Paul’s Seminary where he earned a S.T.B. in 1927.

An online finding aid is not available for this collection. Please contact the archives.

Shahan, Thomas Joseph. Papers. ca. 1813–1950. 28 linear feet: 50 boxes.

A finding aid to the papers of Thomas J. Shahan.

Shahan, the fourth Rector of The Catholic University of America (CUA), was born 11 September 1857, the son of Maurice and Mary Anne (Carmody) Shahan, in Manchester, New Hampshire (some sources say Salem, Massachusetts). He studied at the Sulpician College, Montreal, 1872–1878 and the North American College, in Rome, 1878–1882, where he was ordained a priest on 3 June 1882. He served as Secretary to the Bishop and Chancellor of his home diocese of Hartford, Connecticut, 1883–1888, and was asked to join the faculty at CUA as a lecturer in church history, but put off the appointment to study at the University of Berlin under Von Harnack and Von Trietschke and at the Sorbonne and the Catholic Institute in Paris and Roman Seminary which gave him a licentiate in canon law. He joined the faculty of CUA in 1891 and became a dedicated scholar with many published books, articles, and reviews. Shahan was appointed domestic prelate and Rector of CUA in 1909. Serving until 1928, his administration was the longest of any rector and credited with an expanded faculty, increased student enrollment, new building construction, and growing national prestige as a center for scholarship. However, formal exclusion of black students at CUA also began under Shahan.

The collection consists of personal papers, professional correspondence, writings and essays, reference and research, photographs, and oversized items such as awards and degrees. It should also be noted that there is additional Shahan material in the CUA Archives, located in the records of the rector.

Shields, Thomas Edward. Collection. 1896–ca. 1933. 5 feet; 1 box.

Professor of psychology and education at Catholic University, 1909–1921, Shields was perhaps the foremost Catholic educator in the first quarter of the twentieth century. Present are: a draft M.A. thesis (author unknown), Dr. Thomas E. Shields and his Educational Theories; twenty-five lessons from a correspondence course in the psychology of education begun by Shields in 1905; a pamphlet containing his 1895 doctoral dissertation, The Effect of Vapours upon the Blood Flow; and a lighthearted article in which he discusses coeducation.

An online finding aid is not available for this collection. Please contact the archives.

Sloyan, Rev. Gerard Stephen. Oral History Transcript. 1994. 1 inch; 1 item.

Sloyan, a Roman Catholic Priest who was born in New York City in 1919, was interviewed by William Bean Kennedy as part of the Religious Educators Oral History: Religious Education History in the Twentieth Century in the United States: A Fourteen Volume Project in Oral History, 1992–1997. Sloyan’s interview, which was volume 12, focused on his Catholic educational experience, especially biblical scholarship in the Catholic and ecumenical world and through his capacity as a teacher at both The Catholic University of America and Temple University.

An online finding aid is not available for this collection. Please contact the archives.

Ursuline Convent, Charlestown, Massachusetts. Collection. 1832–1903. 5 inches; 1 box.

A finding aid to the papers of the Ursuline Convent.

Scrapbook history, correspondence, a notebook, a novelle, journals, pamphlets, clippings, a photograph, and a sketch concerning the Ursuline Convent on Mount Benedict in Charlestown, Massachusetts, established in 1817. The collection documents the history and work of the Ursuline Community in the Boston area, the Convent’s foundation, its destruction by an anti-Catholic mob in 1834, and the subsequent prosecution and acquittal of the rioters. Material within the collection shows the strong anti-Catholic sentiment existing in New England in the 1800s.

Washington, Archdiocese of. Associated Catholic Charities. Records. 1825–1970. 49 linear feet; 34 boxes.

A finding aid to the records of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington.

Records include minutes, correspondence, administrative files, scrapbooks, and photographs of St. Joseph’s, St. Vincent’s, and St. Rose’s orphanages in Washington, D.C.


The university archives contains extensive documentation of the activities of The Catholic University of America, although many office records are unavailable for 50 years from date of creation. For more information, please consult this webpage about university records.

Various inventories and databases are available for researcher use.

Approximately 98 CUA theses and dissertations have been written on the subject of Catholic education.

An in-house database is available for researcher use.

Over three hundred articles have been written on the subject of Catholic education in the Catholic University Bulletin, The University Symposium, The Catholic University of America Magazine, The Alumnus, The Catholic University Envoy, U.S. Catholic Historian, NCWC Bulletin (also NCWC Review and Catholic Action), The Catholic Charities Review, and The Catholic Educational Review.

An in-house database is available for researcher use.

Books and periodicals on Catholic education include The Catholic Educational Review.

There are no inventories available for researcher use. Please contact the archives.


In addition to photographs contained within manuscript collections, thousands of images document the history of The Catholic University of America as well as Catholic education in Washington, D.C. Various photograph inventories are available for researcher use.

Catholic Educational Exhibit, World’s Colombian Exposition, Chicago, IL. Photograph Scrapbook. 1893. 1 volume. Donor: Kelly Fitzpatrick, 1995.

A finding aid for the Catholic Educational Exhibit.

A scrapbook containing photographs, mostly 8" x 10", reflecting the sites and scenes of the 1893 World’s Colombian Exposition in Chicago. The focus is the educational exhibits representing Catholic universities, colleges, academies, and industrial and parish schools from across the nation.


The audio/visual collection is particularly rich in documenting the history of The Catholic University of America through various analog and digital formats. The collection also contains extensive documentation of the National Conference for Catechietical Leadership (NCCL) with 298 audiocassettes of meetings, speeches and lectures, and 49 VHS cassettes of educational and other Catholic programming.

Various audio/visual inventories are available for researcher use.


Holdings include many panoramic photographs of the The Catholic Univeristy of America campus from the founding of the university to the early 20th century.

An in-house database is available for researcher use.


Biblical Scholarship at CUA

Ursuline Convent

Heritage of CUA

Historic Images: Vanished Buildings of The Catholic University of America

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