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Tributes to Katherine Nuss & Kevin Cawley

Tribute to Katherine Nuss, Manager, Archives and Information Services, US Conference of Catholic Bishops, and member of CRRA Newspapers Committee and Digitizing Partners

By Amy Cary, Marquette University and member, Newspapers Committee and Digitizing Partners

I first met Katherine in person at a recent Society of American Archivists annual meeting, but I was already acquainted with her from our mutual participation in the Newspapers Committee and Digitizing Partners.  Katherine is  a determined activist with a big dream of digitizing the Catholic News Service historic newsfeeds and the accompanying Catholic World in Pictures. She was a practical dreamer who wanted a better way to search these newspapers. Her archives had no film reader, requiring a walk over to Catholic University or an even more tedious browse through 65 years of printed volumes. She also knew the film copies of the Catholic News Service exist in only 3 collections – USCCB, Marquette and Catholic – and her dream included freely available online access by anyone, anywhere, 24/7.  When the time came for sending her film copies to the vendor, she made sure that I (Marquette) still had what she called “back-up copies.” All along, she provided on target advice in countless discussions shaping the development of the Catholic News Archive and was instrumental in obtaining two grants to fund the digitization of CNS and CWP, and provide some funds for selections of other diocesan papers.  Without Katherine’s leadership, we would not be nearly as far along as we are today.  All of us – ourselves as her colleagues, our faculty, students, scholars and readers worldwide – owe her a giant thank you for her extraordinary ability to make big dreams become a reality.

Tribute to Kevin Cawley, Senior Archivist, University of Notre Dame, Chair of the CRRA Digital Access Committee 

By Demian Katz, Villanova University, Member and former chair of the CRRA Digital Access Committee

Kevin Cawley is one of the longest-serving members of the CRRA. He has been a member of the Digital Access Committee since its inception, and was involved in the Catholic Portal project even before that. He has been the chair of DAC since 2016, and he has presented at multiple CRRA-hosted events. As a professional archivist and one of the organization’s most engaged members, Kevin has brought a valuable archival perspective to CRRA projects and has also used his technical abilities to make archival metadata more accessible with the help of his simple EAD creation tool. It has been a pleasure working with him on these and other things, and I am very happy to be able to present this award. In other activities, Kevin was a speaker at the October 2013 Catholic Archives in the Digital Age held at Catholic University.   Later, at the CRRA Symposium Bringing the Created Toward the Creator: Liturgical Art and Design Since Vatican II in 2015 at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Kevin presented a poster on Catholic art.