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About The Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) 

The CRRA is a not-for-profit membership alliance of institutions colllaborating to deliver projects and services in support of its mission "to provide enduring global access to Catholic research resources in the Americas."  Duquesne University is a member. CRRA's immediate focus is creating access to those rare, unique and uncommon research materials which are held by libraries and archives in North America. 

CRRA's Vision, Mission and Strategic Directions are set by its member institutions:

Vision:  The CRRA will foster a dynamic scholarly community by:

  • creating the freely available portal to Catholic research resources in the Americas;
  • sustaining the distinctive network of libraries, archives and other institutions that enable the vision; and
  • facilitating internationally the sharing of resources and scholarship.

Mission:  The CRRA provides enduring global access to Catholic research resources in the Americas, beginning with access to the rare, unique and uncommon research materials.

Strategic directions: The Five Year Strategic Plan (2012/13 – 2015/17) sets five directions:

  1. Add value beyond discovery
  2. Expand scholarly participation
  3. Develop important, curated collections
  4. Expand CRRA’s sharing of resources and scholarship
  5. Secure the future

Under each direction, the initiatives and mission-critical outcomes lay the foundation for developing annual goals. Each year, members develop the annual strategic plan. They evaluate progress to date, affirm actions in progress and identify goals for the coming year.

Current Members and Partners

  1. Ave Maria School of Law (Naples, FL)
  2. Avila University (Kansas City, MO)
  3. Barry University (Miami Shores, FL)
  4. Belmont Abbey College (Belmont, NC)
  5. Benedictine University (Lisle, IL)
  6. Boston College (Chestnut Hill, MA)
  7. Catholic Peacebuilding Network (Notre Dame, IN)
  8. Catholic Theological Union (Chicago, IL)
  9. Catholic University of America (Washington, DC)
  10. College of New Rochelle (New Rochelle, NY)
  11. College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA)
  12. Creighton University (Omaha, Nebraska)
  13. DePaul University (Chicago, IL)
  14. Dominican University (River Forest, IL)
  15. Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA)
  16. Edgewood College (Madison, WI)
  17. Fontbonne University (Clayton, MO)
  18. Georgetown University (Washington, DC)
  19. Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles, CA)
  20. Loyola University Chicago (Chicago, IL)
  21. Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI)
  22. Mount St. Mary's University (Emmitsburg, MD)
  23. Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters (CRRA Partner)/ Victory Noll (Huntington, IN)
  24. Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Research Center (PAHRC)
  25. Regis University (Denver, CO)
  26. Rosemont College (Rosemont, PA)
  27. Saint Joseph's University (Philadelphia)
  28. St. Louis University (St. Louis, MO)
  29. Seton Hall University (South Orange, New Jersey)
  30. Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin (Dubuque, IA)
  31. St. Catherine University (St. Paul and Minneapolis, MN)
  32. St. Charles Borromeo Seminary (Wynnewood, PA)
  33. St. Edward's University (Austin, TX)
  34. St. John's University (New York, NY)
  35. St. Joseph's College (Long Island & Brooklyn, NY)
  36. St. Norbert College (De Pere, Wisconsin)
  37. University of Dayton (Ohio)
  38. University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, Indiana)
  39. University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary (Mundelein, IL)
  40. University of San Diego (SanDiego, CA)
  41. University of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA)
  42. University of St. Michael's College (Toronto, ON, Canada)
  43. University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN)
  44. Villanova University (Villanova, PA)
  45. Xavier University of Louisiana (New Orleans, LA)