Skip to main content

Catholic Press Association Papers

Identifier: CSC-042
Series 1, Convention Papers, consists of convention program and speech papers which presented in several CPA annual meetings during 1950s and 1960s. Series 2, Official Documents, consists of some CPA's law code papers such as By-Laws, and a directiory that records Catholic newspapers and magazines in U.S.A. and Canada. By-Laws is a CPA's constitution that settles basic priciples and practice for the CPA and its members to follow. Series 3, Fundraising & Membership Papers, consists of schedule of annual membership dues, and some mails that CPA leaders sent to the members about funding. Series 4, Catholic Press Month, consists of meeting papers, cartoons, and statements related to a common theme-Catholic Press Month. Catholic Press Month is a celebretion that CPA practices in every year Feburary since 1950. Series 5, Journalism Awards, consists of critiques and nomination papers about CPA Journalism Awards. CPA hosts journalism awards competitions every year. Series 6, James A. Doyle's Papers. James A. Doyle is a CPA's executive secretary during 1950s. This collection stores papers that Doyle mailed to CPA members. Series 7, Pamphlet, consists of pamphles from CPA that introduced CPA and advertised CPA's activities. Series 8, Catholic Press Annual' 63, consists of a annual publishment of CPA whose title is Catholic Press Annual' 63. It published in 1963.


  • 1957-1966

Language of Materials



0.25 Linear Feet


Catholic Press Association (CPA) of the United States & Canada is an international association which published Catholicism. CPA serves the mission of the Catholic Church. CPA has over a hundred years old history since it was founded at Columbus, Ohio in 1991. This collection includes CPA meeting records, correspondences and organizational papers during 1950s to 1960s.

The History of Catholic Press Association

The Catholic Press Association (CPA) was founded in 1911 with the goal of explaining and defending the Catholic Church. CPA serves to publicize news of the Catholic Church throughout North America. During the late 19th century, Catholic immigrants in the United States faced suspicion and distrust from Protestant Americans. Catholic communities chose to use the press to reconcile these misunderstandings. These communities developed publications that explained and defended the Catholic faith. In 1911, many Catholic editors and publicists met at Columbus, Ohio, and formed a national press association. This was the beginning of the Catholic Press Association. The CPA, as a national and professional press association, became an important vehicle for Catholic communication. Today, the CPA has almost 250 publication members and 500 individual members. They work to uphold the organization’s vision: that “effective communications lie at the heart of the Church’s mission to preach the Good News to all.” (“History of the Catholic Press Association,”

Statement of Arrangement

Series 1: Convention Papers. Series 2: By-Laws Official Documents. Series 3: Fundraising & Membership Papers. Series 4: Catholic Press Month. Series 5: Journalism Awards. Series 6: James A. Doyle's Papers. Series 7: Pamphlet. Series 8: Catholic Press Annual' 63.

Material Types

Meeting records, Pamphlet, Organizational documents, Correspondences.

Processing Information

Processed by Ted Yu, Fall 2016.

Repository Details

Part of the Roesch Library Repository

300 College Park Dr.
Dayton Ohio 45469-1360