SAA Archival Chat: Community Archiving with Madonna House -April 18, 2024

Please join the Society of American Archivists – Archivists of Religious Collections Section for an Archival Chat: Community Archiving with Madonna House

Let’s chat about community archiving! Learn about the Madonna House archives. Catherine de Hueck Doherty, a Russian noblewoman and social activist, founded Madonna House as a lay apostolate in 1947. The archives preserves interesting and unique collections reflecting the history of this community.

April 18, 2024 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

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Presenter: Kathy McVady, Archivist, Madonna House

A member of Madonna House Apostolate for over fifty-five years, Kathy was asked to assume responsibility for the Madonna House Archives in the spring of 2016.  Grateful for the vision of the foundress, who saved many documents are artifacts from her pre-revolutionary Russian home, from previous endeavors with Friendship House Canada and Friendship House U.S.A., and grateful, too, for the work of her predecessors that provided an efficient and practical environment, Kathy has continued to order documents pertaining to the history of the Apostolate, as well as digitizing documents, photos, and other materials.  Aside from assisting researchers interested in the development of the Lay Apostolate itself, she has also worked with those researching the relationship between the Church hierarchy and lay movements, the Church and interracial work in the States, and the spirituality emerging from the Apostolate.  She brings to this work not only a living relationship with the foundress and other founding members, but a general knowledge and interest in historical development.