SAA Awards Ceremony Photos

Carol O. Bartels, president of the Society of Southwest Archivists, introduces Malachy McCarthy, winner of the Sister M. Claude Lane, O.P., Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to the archives profession.

Malachy is joined by fellow CARA members - Joella, Diane, Joan and Marcia.
Malachy and his niece Meghan at the award ceremony.

Congratulations, Malachy!  CARA members are so proud of you and glad you are our fearless leader!

Awards Ceremony at SAA

Malachy McCarthy will be presented the Sister M. Claude Lane, O.P., Memorial Award at the annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists in Chicago.  The awards ceremony is to be held on Friday, August 26, 2011 at 6 PM.  Please be sure to attend the ceremony and support our President and fellow religious archivist!!  Congratulations Malachy!

Read the SAA press release below: 

Malachy R. McCarthy Receives
Sister M. Claude Lane, O.P., Memorial Award

CHICAGO—Malachy R. McCarthy of the Claretian Missionaries Archives is the recipient of the Sister M. Claude Lane, O.P., Memorial Award, from the Society of American Archivists (SAA). The award will be presented on August 26, 2011, at ARCHIVES 360°, the 75th Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archivists in Chicago.

The award honors an individual archivist who has made a significant contribution to the field of religious archives. McCarthy is known for his dedication to the growth and continuing education of religious archivists. He has worked for more than 30 years in religious institutions: serving 26 years as the Archivist at Saint Anselm Abbey and College in Manchester, New Hampshire, and seven years as the Province Archivist at Claretian Missionaries Archives in Chicago.

Building on connections made during the 2007 Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting, McCarthy initiated a collaborative effort among 21 archivists in the greater Chicago area, which developed into the Chicago Area Religious Archivists (CARA). This group meets twice a year for programs of archival learning, sharing and networking under the leadership of McCarthy who serves as its president. In 2007 he developed and taught “Introductory Archives Workshop for Religious Communities” with Ellen Pierce, the director of the Maryknoll Mission Archives. This workshop continues to be offered biennially by the Catholic Library Association.

As one Awards Committee member said, “Mr. McCarthy is truly a passionate archivist, educator and life-long learner, and he loves to share this passion with other religious archivists. He is involved, committed and determined to promote the archival profession.”
Created in 1974, the award is funded by the Society of Southwest Archivists and honors Sister M. Claude Lane, O.P., a Dominican nun who was the first professionally trained archivist at the Catholic Archives of Texas in Austin. Sister Jane Aucoin, of the Congregation of St. Joseph, was the 2010 recipient.

Founded in 1936, the Society of American Archivists is North America’s oldest and largest national archival professional association. SAA’s mission is to serve the educational and informational needs of more than 6,000 individual and institutional members and to provide leadership to ensure the identification, preservation, and use of records of historical value. For more information, visit

Calling all Religious Archivists



To kick off SAA ARCHIVES 360˚ in CHICAGO

August 24, 2011 5:30-7:30 p.m.

65 East Huron Street, Chicago IL

Reception is in the Narthex where a light supper will be served

(Front entrance to cathedral is on Wabash Ave.)

All are welcome to join the tours of St. James Cathedral and St. Andrews Chapel given by Richard Seidel, historiographer and archivist of the Episcopal Diocese.

Described as one of the most remarkable Victorian interiors in America, St. James Cathedral is one of the finest examples of the English Arts and Crafts Movement in Chicago. Its lavish system of about 30 stencil patterns features a rich color palette that is enhanced by an important collection of English and Chicago-made stained glass windows of the 1870s and 1880s. The stenciling is the work of New York decorator E. J. Neville Stent, who was inspired by the work and writings of William Morris, the eminent English designer. Originally installed in 1888, the interior was restored to its original appearance in 1985.

Used with the permission of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago

Another feature of the building is St. Andrew’s Chapel, designed by Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue, who was inspired by the ruins of a crypt chapel he discovered on a visit to Scotland. The centerpiece of the chapel is a triptych by Scottish artist Phoebe Traquair – the only example of her work n America. The stained glass was executed by Charles Frederick Eden, an early twentieth century English artist whose work is beginning to be appreciated by a new generation of art historians.

Please RSVP to Marcia
Archivist of the Robert M. Myers Archives, Society of the Divine Word

Transportation from Regency Hyatt hotel: Walk on E. Wacker Dr. (0.2 mi.) to Michigan Ave. Catch CTA bus #3, or, #151, or #147 to travel north to Huron St. Walk west to 65 E. Huron. (0.1 mi.) About 15 minutes travel time

ARCHIVISTS OF RELIGIOUS COLLECTIONS SECTION meeting is Thursday, 3:30-5:30 PM in the conference hotel, the Hyatt Regency Chicago Riverwalk

This year SAA celebrates its 75th anniversary. Our section meeting is scheduled for 3:30 to 5:30 on Thursday August 25th. Please come and contribute to an open discussion led by Jim Havron, Mark Duffy, Terry Reilly and Colleen McFarland about leadership in religious archives and our reflections on past, present and future challenges. We will also present a summary of the work we did during the meeting in Washington on our SAA section's goals. We hope to see you there.