The Catholic Portal

The Catholic Research Resources Portal, or "Catholic Portal," provides global, freely available access to rare, unique and/or uncommon materials in libraries, seminaries, special collections and archives. By electronically bringing together resources in many formats from many collections, the Portal enables easy, effective and global discovery of Catholic research resources.

The Portal is a core component of the CRRA's mission and presently contains records to rare and unique member-held resources in all formats, and a growing number of resources available in digital form, or, "full text items."

The CRRA has identified twelve primary collecting themes of particular interest and importance on significant aspects of the Catholic tradition, including social action, education, Vatican II, Men’s and Women’s religious orders and missions. The content and scope are described in the Collection Policy Statement

Portal development plans include building a robust digital humanities environment enabling scholars to search across texts, repurpose materials, and facilitate scholarly communication and collaboration. 

For more about the history of the Portal, see About CRRA

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