ABSTRACT

Records held in Catholic archives offer unique value for scholarly research and public use. However, Catholic archives professionals have anecdotally expressed challenges in making religious records available and preserving them. To investigate the current status of Catholic archives and to identify areas of deficiency in archives administration, we designed and distributed a survey. The results indicate current shortages of staff and financial resources at Catholic archives. The data also reveal a lack of investment in technology to enhance access to religious records. Proposed solutions include collaboration, leadership, and ongoing discussions among Catholic archivists, both to monitor the status of archives as a whole and to share best practices and exemplary cases.

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