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About this collection

This finding aid contains a description of archival material held in the Canizaro Library at Ave Maria University.  Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally through the World Wide Web.

Overview of the Collection

Title: Catholic Americana Collection
Dates: 1850-1990
Quantity: 8000 volumes (861 linear feet); 1 custom box
Summary: There are approximately 8000 volumes in this collection, the vast majority published between the years 1850-1990. All of the books in this collection fall within the following broad category: the history of the Catholic Church in North America, including the United States, Canada, and Mexico (this last in so far as the history of Mexico bears on the history of the Church in the southwestern United States ; Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California).
Repository: Ave Maria University – Canizaro Library Rare Books and Special Collections
5152 Donahue Street
Ave Maria, FL 34142
Phone (239) 280-2557
Fax (239) 280-1639
https://www.avemaria.edu/library/special-collections/
Director of Library Services
jennifer.nodes@avemaria.edu
Languages: Collection materials are in English, Latin, French, etc.

Information for Users

Restrictions on Access

Ave Maria University Special Collections serves as the repository for unique and valuable materials requiring special protection. Materials are non-circulating and may be consulted only in the reading room. Patrons are required to register and present photo identification before using materials.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], in the Catholic Americana Collection, Rare Books and Special Collections, Canizaro Library, Ave Maria University.

Acquisitions Information

Purchase, 2006.

Sensitive Materials Statement

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected by federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations [add FL legal information].  Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual’s private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which Ave Maria University assumes no responsibility.

Content Description 

There are approximately 8000 volumes in this collection, the vast majority published between the years 1850-1990. All of the books in this collection fall within the following broad category: the history of the Catholic Church in North America, including the United States, Canada, and Mexico (this last in so far as the history of Mexico bears on the history of the Church in the southwestern United States ; Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California).

Detailed Description of the Collection 

  • Historical monographs, including archdiocesan and diocesan histories, parish histories, the histories of religious orders and congregations, the histories of Catholic fraternal organizations, the history of Catholic immigration to North America, the history of Catholic charitable organizations, the history of Catholic professional organizations (medicine, law, and the like).
  • Biographical and autobiographical studies of North American Catholics who influenced the historical development of Catholicism in North America.
  • Archdiocesan and diocesan synodal records (as far as these were in fact ever printed).
  • The rules, constitutions and custom books of Catholic religious orders and congregations active in North America.
  • Tracts and pamphlets, chiefly nineteenth century,  bearing upon the early development of Catholicism in North America.
  • Anti-Catholic publications reflecting bias against Catholicism in North America.
  • Historical documentation for the development of specifically Catholic architecture and art in North America.
  • Serial publications and periodicals bearing upon the history of the Church in North America.

Former ownership of books in this collection (determined by bookplates and/or ownership inscriptions): The books in this collection have been drawn from thousands of private and institutional libraries over the past quarter century. Included in the collection are books from the personal libraries of the following Cardinals, Archbishops, and Bishops active in North America:

Family Names:

Cardinals

John F. Dearden
Archbishop of Detroit

 

Bernard F. Law
Archbishop of Boston

 
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