A Conference on Catholic Religious Archives

“Envisioning the Future of Catholic Religious Archives” was sponsored by Boston College from July 11-13, 2018. It was designed to bring leaders of religious communities, archivists and historians together to seek and identify solutions to the issues that communities, including those coming to completion, are facing in preserving and providing access to their archival legacies.

Working Paper Released
Preserving the Past, Building for the Future

The working committee charged with gathering, reflecting upon and synthesizing the presentations and input from the Boston College Conference Envisioning the Future of Catholic Religious Archives is pleased to announce the release of a working paper titled Preserving the Past, Building for the Future.

The paper provides a broad outline of the major areas of concern for Catholic religious leaders, scholars and archivists who are invested in the long term preservation and use of these valuable collections as well as suggestions on ways we can move forward together in this important work. The committee recommends that this paper be used as a framework for considering possible solutions to specific challenges faced by each religious community and as a tool to encourage cooperation and collaboration among the three constituencies. [In printing booklet format, use landscape option and back to back printing.]

As ongoing dialogue is critical to this initiative; a Google group, Archival Resources for Catholic Collections (ARCC), has been formed to facilitate connection among the three primary constituencies. Please email archivalrcc@gmail.com if you wish to join the conversation.

The working group thanks all the attendees and presenters that made the Boston College Conference a wonderful experience. We also extend a special thank you to the Reverend William P. Leahy, SJ, President of Boston College who made this important gathering possible.


Video Recordings of the Conference

Videorecordings of the four main sessions are now available as a YouTube Playlist on the Boston College Libraries’ YouTube channel. See the Program page for additional details.

Additional post-conference updates and resources will be posted.