Introductory Archives Workshop for Religious Communities


The Catholic Library Association is pleased to announce the fifth Introductory Archives Workshop for Religious Communities to be held at the Oblate Renewal Center, San Antonio, TX  from  June 24-29, 2012. The 5-day intensive program is directed toward individuals who are interested in learning about archival theory and practice or who wish to update their archival training. 
Unlike other archival workshops, the sessions will focus on the unique types of records found in the archives of men’s and women’s religious communities. These records document not only the communities themselves, but also the evolution of Catholicism in the United States, and its impact on educational, social and charitable institutions that shaped the nation’s history. 

The program, directed by professional religious archivists, will include lectures, tours, and opportunities for sharing experiences.

Complete program and registration information and a registration form are posted on the Catholic Library Association website at, or contact the CLA at or phone 312-739-1776.  

Great Fall Meeting!!

Voices of The Holocaust
Entrance to the Paul V. Galvin Library which houses the IIT Archives
On Tuesday afternoon, November 8, 2011, CARA held its Fall 2011 meeting at the IIT Archives located in the Paul V. Galvin Libary on the Illinois Institute of Technology campus in Chicago.  If you were unable to attend this meeting, you unfortunately missed a good one!  Here is one attendee's repsonse:

"Thank YOU for inviting us to this truly wonderful program. The Holocaust project's achievements and ramifications still occupy my thoughts.  And the pristinely designed IIT campus, with its surprisingly cheerful and energetic students, was another pleasure."

Diane Pugh leads the Fall 2011 meeting
CARA member, Diane Pugh introduced her husband, Dr. Ralph Pugh, Assistant University Archivist for the Illinois Institute of Technology who gave a presentation on their Voices of the Holocaust project. That project involved the translation, transcription, and audio transfer to digital audio tape of interviews conducted by IIT psychology professor Dr. David Boder.  In 1946, Boder interviewed 130 Holocaust survivors at displaced persons camps in Europe to get personal accounts of the atrocities they suffered. 

Check out the link above to see the website, learn more about the collection and hear the interviews in each person's native language while reading the English translation.  The site has various search capabilities!

Dr. Ralph Pugh engages the audience
Ralph gave the attendees an insightful and touching account of Boder's life and work.  We examined the website and heard the emotional first-hand accounts of the lives affected by the Holocaust, including Boder's.  A Q & A session and tour of the IIT Archives followed the presentation.
Dr. Ralph Pugh answers question in the IIT Archives
A big thanks to Ralph for sharing such an interesting project with local archivists and especially with the world through the Internet - a remarkable digitization achievement!

Reminder Notice!

Courtesy of IIT website
Sign up for the CARA Fall meeting by Friday, Nov 4th!  After the presentation, there will be a tour of the IIT Archives that are located in the Paul V. Galvin Library.  See details of the meeting in previous blog!