DePaul Special Collections and Archives has the pleasure of working with a variety of researchers from a range of disciplines. We had over 900 researcher interactions last year from nearly 600 people, of which 66% were DePaul students, and 15% were DePaul faculty, staff and alumni.  Our role is to connect our researchers with the desired evidence, documents and books, but we often don’t know what happens next – if this information is used in a student paper, if it is referenced in an oral presentation or if the researcher is simply satisfied with solving a historical puzzle long on his or her mind.

We’re always happy to hear about ongoing and finished projects, so we were pleased to learn from John Harney, DePaul Visiting Assistant Professor from 2011 to 2013 and currently Assistant Professor of Asian History at Centre College in Kentucky, that a forthcoming book,Catholicism in China, 1900-Present: The Development of the Chinese Church, features John’s research in DePaul Special Collections and Archives. His chapter is titled, “Vincentian Missionaries in Jiangxi Province: Extending an American Catholic Community to China, 1921–1951.”

John shared with us:

Catholicism in China 1900-Present

The China Missions collection at the DeAndreis-Rosati Memorial Archives at DePaul University has been vital to my research. In the past two years I have attended conferences across the United States and in Hong Kong sharing my work with colleagues from universities across the world, presentations that have so far yielded two publications. The collection materials will also form the core research for my next book. This has been possible thanks to the fantastic resources at Special Collections.  I cannot stress enough how much easier the staff of Special Collections have made my work (and as a result, my life!). I had a similarly positive experience when teaching classes at DePaul: Special Collections hosted multiple class sessions and worked side by side with my students to introduce them to the materials available. They’re excited about helping faculty with their scholarship and helping students develop meaningful research experiences.

Bishop Edward T. Sheehan’s Funeral Procession in Poyang , 1933. China Mission Photographs, Box 3. DeAndreis-Rosati Memorial Archives, Special Collections and Archives

The China and Taiwan Missions collection documents the Vincentian missionary presence in China and Taiwan in the first half of the twentieth century and includes paper records, photographs, memorabilia, textiles and film.  These materials are part of a larger whole, theDeAndreis-Rosati Memorial Archives (DRMA), which are the archival collections of the American Western Province of the Congregation of the Mission.

In addition to the DeAndreis-Rosati Memorial Archives, we hold the University Archives,Chicago and Lincoln Park collections, and collections related to Social Justice and the Catholic Left.  Additional subject strengths are noted in the Community Archives Guide.

To learn more about our collections, faculty or student research opportunities, or class instruction sessions, contact us at archives@depaul.eduor stop by our department in the John T. Richardson Library, Room 314.


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