Sunday, October 24, 2010

Searching for Records of Closed Catholic Women's Colleges

Fernanda Perrone's paper, Vanished Worlds: Searching for the Records of Closed Catholic Women's Colleges, summarizes results of a survey of the archives of 36 Roman Catholic women's colleges that closed or merged with other institutions after 1967. The author notes that many of the archives are held by the religious communities that originally sponsored the colleges. She also notes that the "...archives are rich resources on the history of women, education, religion, and culture that to some degree have been neglected by scholars who have focused on the history of colleges that are still open." The paper includes a table with information on the various archives and their location and was published in Archival Issues, Vol. 30, No. 2, 2006.