One of the ways that early members of the American Catholic Historical Society preserved a record of their activities was by gathering materials together in a series of scrapbooks. In this talk, Dr. Patrick Hayes revisits those scrapbooks to gain insights into both the founding years of the ACHS and Catholicism in late nineteenth-century Philadelphia. He also explores the utility of scrapbooks as a historical source and talk about their enduring value as mini repositories of the past.
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Some of the ACHS scrapbooks have been digitized by Villanova University. View the digitized scrapbook collection.