Archives of Pittsburgh Catholic, America’s oldest Catholic newspaper, are now available online with the completion of a Gumberg Library digitization project begun in 2008. Issues published between 1844 and 2001, previously housed on microfilm reels, are accessible through the project, with later issues available in the Pittsburgh Catholic‘s online archives.
Retired University librarian, Dr. Laverna Saunders, affirmed that digitization was a natural progression in the library’s efforts to support the Diocese of Pittsburgh through preservation of the newspaper. University Archivist and Curator of Special Collections, Tom White, adds that the digitization project has helped safeguard the region’s Catholic history, while providing greater access to a rich local resource. The Pittsburgh Catholic chronicles life in the Diocese of Pittsburgh, contributing significantly to growing documentation of the Church in the 19th and 20th centuries.
University archived issues are freely available online and keyword searchable. The issues can be accessed at http://digital.library.duq.edu.