Joined Hands, Joined Archives: Collaborating to Build a Future for Catholic Religious Archives

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"What do you do when the records of a shrinking community - a community that historically has provided services to every level of society - are in jeopardy?" asked Malachy McCarthy in the November/December 2018 issue of Archival Outlook. "Such is the case for the records of many religious communities that are coming to completion, closure, or merging with other religious communities." Although many congregations have formed or are considering forming joint archives and heritage centers, congregations most at risk are outlier congregations, such as the Sisters of the Holy Family (SHF) in Fremont, California. Drawing momentum from the 2018 Boston College conference, Envisioning the Future of Catholic Religious Archives at Boston College, this article describes a collaboration between the SHF congregation and Archives & Special Collections at Santa Clara University to lay the groundwork for a future for Catholic women religious archives in the West.