CARA Meeting on June 26, 2014

DePaul University's John T. Richardson Library
CARA's next meeting, The Role of Archives in Writing Histories: Recent Case Studies, will be held on Thursday, June 26, 2014, at DePaul University's John T. Richardson Library. Please see below for more details.

When: Thursday, June 26, 2014. 2-4pm.

Where: DePaul University's John T. Richardson Library, 2350 N. Kenmore Avenue, Room 400, Dorothy Day Room.
  • CTA: Fullerton (Red, Brown, Purple Lines)
  • Parking Garages: Sheffield Parking Garage located at 2331 N. Sheffield and Clifton Parking Deck located at 2330 N. Clifton
  • Parking Rates: Full price: $12.50; DePaul rate before 4pm: $8.50; DePaul rate after 4pm: $6.50. The DePaul rate will be given if a validated ticket is presented to the attendant. A parking validation machine is located on the first floor of the John T. Richardson Library
  • 2pm  Light refreshment and networking
  • 2:15  CARA business meeting
  • 2:30-4pm  Presentations and Q&A
Join us for presentations by archivist Marcia Stein and historian Ellen Skerrett as they share their experiences in writing histories for religious institutions. Some questions to be addressed:
  • How do you get started when constructing a historical narrative? 
  • With whom do you collaborate? Who are the stakeholders? 
  • What is the role of the archivist? What is the role of the historian? 
  • What are the challenges of working with a religious community? 

Marcia Stein is the archivist for the Robert M. Myers Archives of the Chicago Province, Society of the Divine Word. The religious order, a worldwide missionary order of priests and Brothers from Germany, established a community north of Chicago in 1899. Since its establishment, it spread to both coasts of the United States with locations in Canada and the Caribbean.

Marcia will talk about the archives’ effort to have each community of the Chicago Province write its history as a memory for the men who were trained and worked in them and for future SVDs to learn about the Society which they are training to join.  The idea was generally welcomed; the reality was much harder to achieve but ultimately successful. The results of the project are being published serially online: Communities of the Word: Stories of the Chicago Province, 1895-2012.

Historian Ellen Skerrett is the Chicago-based researcher for the Jane Addams Papers Project and served as project coordinator and associate editor of the University of Illinois at Chicago's website, "Urban Experience in Chicago: Hull-House and Its Neighborhoods, 1889-1963." Her books include the first published history of Loyola University Chicago (2008) and Chicago: City of Neighborhoods (1986). Ellen will be discussing the historical installation she curated for the National Shrine of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini in Chicago (2012).

Admission to the meeting is free for CARA members and other interested parties. Space is limited, though, so please RSVP by June 23 to Jerice Barrios at or 312-544-8204. 

We will also be collecting annual membership dues ($10) at this meeting. Contact Jerice for a membership form (see contact information above).