A Question and an Offer

The collective wisdom of CARA is being consulted in the question below, which concerns deaccessioning an archive's collections:

Although we are years from implementing anything, we are attempting to gather information on how religious communities are deaccessioning the bulk of their collections. 

Currently, I am working with a community of women religious in California that may need to close the doors of its archive in the coming years, and I'm not sure of what steps to take next. I was wondering if you may have any recommendations of individuals or congregations that I might be able to contact for advice on how to plan for the future.

Any advice or recommendation would be really appreciated.

All my thanks,
Patricia McCloy


If you know of a good home for a set of vintage Catholic encyclopedias, please see the offer below:

I have a full set (16 volumes) of the 1912 edition of The Catholic Encyclopedia to donate. I would like to move them along. I live in Rogers Park and would be happy to deliver them to a good home! They are in perfect condition. Please let me know if you could use them or if you could suggest another place for them. Thank you.

Peggy Cunniff

Bulletin of the St. Ansgar’s Scandinavian Catholic League Now Online

The Bulletin of the St. Ansgar’s Scandinavian Catholic League, published continuously from 1910 through 2010, containing news about the Catholic Church in the Scandinavian countries (Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and Greenland) and about Catholics in the United States of Scandinavian descent, can now be viewed or downloaded free of charge from the league’s website. All one-hundred years of the bulletin can be viewed or downloaded as .PDF files from this page:


There is also a tab on that download page to view Chronological ‘Table of Contents’ for each issue; a tab for Sort by Title which alphabetically lists every article title; and a tab for Sort by Author which alphabetically lists every article's author's name.

For more information about the St. Ansgar’s Scandinavian Catholic League or its bulletin, visit their homepage at http://www.saintansgars.com/home/

Items of interest March 16, 2016

Below are two items from Archivists of Congregations of Women Religious (ACWR) that might hold interest for our members and readers:

Ride Share Request

Sr Mary Navarre, archivist of the Grand Rapids (MI) Dominicans, is planning to attend the Introductory Archives Workshop for Religious Communities July 24-29 in Leavenworth, KS. She is interested in driving to the event and is hoping to find a traveling companion to share the ride and the expenses. If interested, please contact:

Sr. Mary Navarre, OP
Dominican Sisters
Grand Rapids, Michigan

For more information on the Archives Workshop, see https://archiveworkshops.wordpress.com or contact CARA member Patricia Carroll at 312-544-8174

Full Time Assistant Archivist Needed

The Sisters of Loretto are advertising for a full time Assistant Archivist for the Loretto Heritage Center in Marion County, KY. The Assistant will have major responsibility for managing the documentary, photographic, and artifact collections, which span 200 years of history. The archivist at Loretto is Sr. Eleanor Craig, ecraig@lorettocommunity.org

For complete details, visit the website at http://www.lorettocommunity.org/