New Rare Books at Catholic University

William John Shepherd's picture

Rare Books was formally added to Special Collections in May 2019, joining the University ArchivesMuseum, and Manuscripts, also known as the American Catholic History Research Collection. New acquisitions have been a challenge while operating in a climate of budget and staff limits even before the onset of the COVID Crisis. However, we are pleased to report on four recent notable arrivals. Purchasing rare books, including pamphlets, is not a matter to be taken lightly. Several factors have to be accounted for, such as the reputation of the seller, price and provenance of the item, as well as whether the item has already been digitized or is available in print copies from other libraries. While the Rare Books collection at Catholic University is strong in many subject areas, we are looking to expand our Anti-Catholic literature, the Catholic Apologetics defending the Faith, and acquire more Spanish and indigenous language items from both North and South America. For more, please see

https://www.lib.cua.edu/wordpress/newsevents/13380/

W. J. Shepherd, Archivist and Head of Special Collections-https://libraries.catholic.edu/contact-us/staff-directory/william-shepherd.html