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America: The National Catholic Weekly: 100 Years of Publication, 1909-2009

Stephen Richard Kerbs Exhibit Area
January 15, 2009
March 14, 2009

A Jesuit Heritage Exhibit

Founded in 1909 by a group of Jesuits from the Maryland-New York Province, America is a weekly periodical covering Catholic topics at home and abroad. The America headquiarters are in New York City. Over the years, many prominent people have contributed to the journal, and many important events have been described in its pages. During its history, America has published items about World War I, the Mexican revolution, the Spanish Civil War, the Cold War, and many other subjects.

This exhibit features a selection of documents about the history of America and includes original letters, photographs and published articles. Materials relating to several editor-in-chief are presented in this display.

On the second floor in the periodical stacks, the Georgetown University Library owns the full run of America from its founding issue to its current one. In addition, the Georgetown University Library Special Collections Research Center serves as the repository for the America Magazine archives, which are preserved in 68 boxes in Special Collections on the fifth floor of Lauinger Library. The America Magazine Archives contain a vast amount of correspondence to and from its various editors throughout the periodical's history. Indeed, the America Magazine Archives provide scholars with a wealth of information about Catholicism in the 20th century.