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Special Collections — Great Depression Resources

This guide describes a variety of materials from the CUA archives and rare books library pertaining to Catholic responses to the Great Depression (ca. 1929-1941).

Catholic University “Cardinal” Yearbooks, 1916-2011 (Accessible Online)

undefinedThe first Catholic University of America yearbook was created in 1916. It has been published ever since with the exception of a few years during WWI (1918-1919) and WWII (1944-1947). The Catholic University Archives generally retains three copies of each yearbook. A reference set is kept in the Archives reading room for ready access. Please note, however, that online access is also available to the yearbooks from 1916-2011, courtesy of the WRLC Digital Practices Committee. You can access the digitized copy of each volume of the yearbook through the .

See also a related blogpost about the yearbook's early history.

Note: As historical objects, yearbooks can reflect the customs and perspectives of their times. Please be warned that some of the images and language in these yearbooks may be offensive to contemporary viewers. We have chosen to leave all of the digitized images intact as part of the historical record, though as with other records and objects in our archive, we do not necessarily endorse the views depicted in the archival materials we make available to the public.

Caption: Cover of the 1932 Cardinal Yearbook.

The Tower student newspaper of The Catholic University of America, 1922-2013 (Accessible Online)

undefinedThe Tower has served as the student newspaper at The Catholic University of America since the Fall of 1922. In an effort to preserve the newspaper, and to make it easily accessible to researchers, alumni, and the general public, the microfilm versions of the newspaper have been digitized and put online. Through The Tower Archive Online, you can search by keyword, browse by date, and limit the scope of your searches to articles, advertisements, or images.

Caption: Front page of The Tower on Thursday, April 27, 1933.