CARA member Patricia Carroll has joined a new working group of the Archivists for Congregations of Women Religious (ACWR) called Custodia. Its purpose is to gather information and facilitate discussion on issues and obstacles that arise for congregational archives when there is a decision to close or merge.
ACWR’s mission statement includes a commitment to “advocate for the protection of the historical records of women religious.” To that end, Custodia is researching best practices and models of possible solutions that would ensure proper storage and future accessibility of congregational records. Patricia’s emphasis is to reach out to college and university archivists to document collection parameters and learn if and how closing congregational archives might fit within their institutional collections.
The other members of Custodia are ACWR President Sarah Cantor, ACWR Vice President Elect Dee Gallo and ACWR Members-at-Large Jennifer Head and Colleen McFarland Rademaker. If you are an archivist of a community considering a merger or closure of your archive within five to ten years, please get in touch to share information about your situation and your needs. Custodia also welcomes conversation with those who have already merged, consolidated, or closed their archives.
You can contact Patricia at carrollp [at] claretians.org or parocarroll [at] sbcglobal.net