CLIR pre-proposal approved

Good news!

Together, the CRRA, Catholic University of America, Marquette University, and St. Catherine University libraries submitted a pre-proposal for CLIR’s “Cataloging Special Hidden Collections and Archives” grant program. Our pre-proposal was accepted! We may now submit a final proposal, due Sept. 4.

The focus of this funding opportunity is on cataloging. Proposed collections (or portions of) for cataloging include:  Ade Bethune (St. Catherine), Dorothy Day (Marquette), and Catholic Charities USA (Catholic). One of the innovative aspects of our proposal is that the cataloged collections will all be accessible via the Catholic Portal.

For further information about the program, please visit CLIR’s website

We still have a ways to go but we made it through the first round.

Congratulations to all collaborators!

Hello world!

Welcome to the Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) blog!

We are a collaborative effort initiated by eight  Catholic colleges and universities to share their resources electronically with librarians, archivists, researchers, scholars, and the general public interested in the Catholic experience.

For more about the CRRA, see:

The CRRA is currently engaged in building The Catholic Research Resources Portal.  The Catholic Portal provides access to rare, unique or infrequently held materials in academic libraries and seminaries’ special collections and archives. By electronically bringing together access to resources in many collections, the Portal will create easy, effective and global discovery of Catholic research resources.

We are currently in the midst of a pilot project to add member content into the VuFind interface.  The test database is here:  Have a look around, and let us know what you think.

If you have any questions or comments about the CRRA, post them here or send them to me at


Pat Lawton
Digital Project Librarian for the CRRA