Thursday, October 1, 2015

October is American Archives Month!

Did you know that October is American Archives Month? Visit our archives display in the CDC atrium October 5-16 and discover unique pieces of St. Kate’s 110-year history!  We'll also be tabling October 13th.

Have you ever wondered what a gym uniform looked like in the 1940s? The yoga pants and leggings we wear today would definitely shock our fellow Katies!

Now we can access our student transcripts with the click of a button. Take a look at one student's paper transcript booklet from the early 1900s. Anyone interested in taking a course called Domestic Science?
Feeling groovy? Pages of a yearbook from 1973 will show you the differences (and similarities) between us and the women who called St. Kate's home over 40 years ago.
Illustration from La Concha, 1973
From recent history, we have Dew Drop Bop memorabilia and a DVD of Spring 2014 Commencement. Just think, some day your photos and memories may be a part of the St. Catherine University Archives!

Watch Twitter and Facebook for more highlights of St. Kate's history during October. For more information on the history of St. Catherine University, visit the Archives online or in person in Room 62 of the Library, open Monday- Friday from 9:30-4:30.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Nov. 14 Intensive APA Workshop for Grad Students

Due to an overwhelming response, another session of "APA: A la carte," the intensive APA workshop for graduate students has been scheduled for Saturday, November 14 from 9 a.m. to noon.  The workshop will take place in Room 110 at the St. Paul Campus Library

This is not an introductory APA workshop, and is appropriate for students working on, or preparing to undertake, a thesis.

A link to the workshop registration form is available at:

Participation is on a first-come, first-serve basis, so don't wait to register!

Questions?  Please contact Sue Gray ( or Kathi Rickert (

Monday, September 28, 2015

Index of Prohibited Books

Banned Books Week 2015 is September 27th – October 3rd. In recognition of this week, the St. Catherine University Archives and Special Collections has on display copies of the Index Librorum Prohibitorum (Index of Prohibited Books) from our rare book collections.

First published in 1559 by Typis Polyglottis Vaticanis (Vatican Polyglot Press), the Index was created to protect Catholics against Protestant error through maintaining their faith and morals. Eventually, the Index contained roughly 6,000 immoral and heretical works. The 20th and final edition was published in 1948.
Indice General de los Libros Prohibidos, 1844
Spanish version published in Madrid
Excommunication was the penalty for publishing or reading any books on the list. But St. Kate's students or faculty could request permission to study books on the Index in their courses. There are many of these letters in the Archives. The library also had to request permission to have these books, which were kept in a locked case.

Due to the publishing boom of the 1960s, the Index could not be updated as quickly as “questionable” materials were released. The last entry to the Index was added in 1961. In 1966, Pope John Paul VI concurred that the Index Librorum Prohibitorum no longer had the force of ecclesiastical law.

After the Index was abolished, the Church left what Catholics should and should not read up to their individual consciences. However, national conferences of bishops would be able to issue warnings--as distinct from bans--against specific books.

Items on display include:

  • Copies of the Index of Prohibited Books from 1844 and 1948
  • A 1960 memo from Sister Maris Stella requesting permission for students to read Madame Bovary 
  • A 1957 pamphlet on the Index put out by the National Federation for Catholic College Students
The Index is considered one of the world’s rarest books and even many Catholic college libraries didn’t have a copy by 1966. This makes our collection very rare and a reason to stop by the display!

The display will be on view now through October 11th on the main level of the St. Paul Library, in the case in front of the video carrels. Stop by to learn more!

For more information on the history of St. Catherine University, visit the Archives online or in person in Room 62 of the Library, open Monday-Friday from 9:30-4:30.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Intensive APA Graduate Student Workshop, Oct. 17

Due to an overwhelming response, registration is now closed for the October 17 APA: A la carte workshop for graduate students. Stay tuned for details about another fall APA workshop.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Read Out! Against Censorship, Sept 30

Banned Books Week Celebration
Wednesday, September 30, 11:30am-1:30pm
The Pulse

What is Banned Books Week?
Banned Books Week is an annual event to highlight censorship & celebrate the freedom to read. For more information about Banned Books Week, visit this American Library Association website.

People try to ban books?!
Yes, thousands of books are challenged in libraries every year. The most challenged book of 2014? The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (which is in our collection, check it out). Read about the top 10 challenged books of 2014.

What is a Read Out?
A Read Out is an event where members of the community read passages of their favorite banned books.

How do I participate? You can participate by attending or by reading. Sign up to read here.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

It's #TBT time

We love posting #TBT pictures because we have so many great historical pictures in our Archives. Our #TBT picture this week? This great snapshot of a St. Kate's championship basketball team from the 1920s.

You can search through our St. Kate's digital collections to find great items, too. On the Archives website, just look at the Online Resources. We have photography collections, St. Kate's historical publications (like old Annual Reports), past papers of the St. Kate's presidents, and so much more.

If you want more help navigating the Archives, just ask -

Friday, September 11, 2015

Elizabeth A. Johnson books

Did you hear Sr. Andrea talk about Elizabeth A. Johnson's book Quest for the Living God at mass during opening celebration?

If you want to learn more about this book or others by Elizabeth A. Johnson, we have a good collection to get you started. Just visit our Pinterest board:

We also have a video lecture given by Elizabeth A. Johnson on Apr. 10, 2008 about how contemporary theology uncovers hidden power and inspiration.

If you want help finding more information about Elizabeth A. Johnson and her work, ask a librarian.