Envisioning the Future of Catholic Religious Archives, July 11-13, 2018, Boston College

Photograph courtesy of Maryknoll Missionary Archives, New York.

This announcement comes from CARA Member Malachy McCarthy.

Envisioning the Future of Catholic Religious Archives: A Working Conference
July 11-13, 2018 – Boston College campus

Dear Fellow Archivist:

We are delighted to announce the program for the Boston College conference, Envisioning the Future of Catholic Religious Archives. The meeting will be held on the Boston College campus July 11-13, 2018. The program will explore issues surrounding religious collections and discuss available options to preserve and make these significant collections accessible to religious communities, scholars and the larger public. The website provides extensive information on the conference. See: https://catholicarchives.bc.edu/

A working conference. This meeting is the first of its kind, building on the expertise of religious leaders, archivists, and historians and scholars who value our collections. This global approach will provide an opportunity for these groups to meet and chart a course for the future of religious archives in the United States. As archivists you are uniquely aware of the value of your collections and the congregations' contribution to society. We need your experience and expertise to initiate a plan to assure that these archival materials will be permanently preserved.

Space is limited. Providing an opportunity for lively discussion among the three constituencies means that we cannot accommodate everyone. We are looking for active and interested archivists who will contribute to building a plan for the future. If you are interested in attending, we ask that you complete the Interest Application (click on “Conference Information”). The application deadline is April 14. Invited participants will be notified by May 8.

Why apply? Attendees will be asked to enthusiastically participate in the small group discussions to underscore the value of these collections and suggest options to make them more accessible. Our goal is to develop a framework and plan to create a public white paper to promote the development of a national strategic plan to preserve these collections.

Please accept the challenge and consider applying. We have worked closely with Boston College to keep the cost at $250, so that it will be affordable.

If you have questions about the program or the conference details that are not covered on the website, please get in touch at catholicarchives@bc.edu.

Thank you,

Malachy McCarthy
Conference Co-chair
Province Archivist
Claretian Missionaries Archives USA-Canada