Catholic Newspapers Program (CNP)
The Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) initiated the Catholic Newspapers Program (CNP) in 2011. The goal and scope of the program is to provide access to all extant Catholic newspapers published in North America. These program activities include:
- An environmental scan of North American Catholic newspapers to determine what newspapers exist, where they are located and the extent of holdings and formats. A summer 2012 pilot project at the University of Notre Dame resulted in the identification of 800+ titles.
- Creation of a comprehensive directory of North American Catholic newspapers, freely available to all, via the International Coalition on Newspapers (ICON) database; CRRA works with member institutions and partners to contribute title and holdings data to ICON.
- Collaborative digitization of priority papers. Initial efforts are focused on the twelve while simultaneously providing encouragement, guidance, and support to others interested in digitizing Catholic papers.
- Implementation of a shared repository for Catholic newspapers, including the priority papers and beyond. The repository will contain already-digitized and born-digital content.
- Last but not least, please see the current listing of Catholic Newspapers Online - and help us to populate this list by sending us information about digitized or born-digital Catholic newspapers.
We are a non-profit, collaborative organization and as such, welcome and encourage your participation to achieve our goals. More on how you can help.
Program Plan and Progress
- Annual Meeting, 2014, Marquette University
- Annual Meeting, 2013, DePaul University
- Resources and Best Practices for Digitizing Newspapers
- Implementing the Catholic Newspapers Program: Collaborative Digitization and Discovery within a Nonprofit: Distributed, Online Organization, by Patricia Lawton and Alexandra Budz. IFLA 2014, Newspapers Section Pre-conference, Geneva, Switzerland, August 2014.
- The Catholic Research Resources Alliance: Providing Access to Rare and Unique Materials, from the Spring 2013 issue of American Catholic Studies Newsletter.