Selected Books about the Catholic Church in Boston
- Fenwick, Benedict J., and Joseph M. McCarthy. 1978. Memoirs to Serve for the Future: Ecclesiastical History of the Diocess [sic] of Boston. Yonkers, N.Y.: U.S. Catholic Historical Society.
- Kane, Paula M., and Charles and Margaret Hall Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism. 1988. Catholicism and the Control of Culture in Boston, 1900-1920. Notre Dame, Ind.: Charles and Margaret Hall Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, University of Notre Dame.
- O'Connor, Thomas H. 1998. Boston Catholics: A History of the Church and Its People. Boston: Northeastern University Press.
- O'Connor, Thomas H. 1984. Fitzpatrick's Boston, 1846-1866: John Bernard Fitzpatrick,Third Bishop of Boston. Boston, Mass.: Northeastern University Press.
- O'Toole, James M., and Catholic Church. 1983. From Generation to Generation: Stories in Catholic History from the Archives of the Archdiocese of Boston. Boston, Mass.: St. Paul Editions.
- O'Toole, James. 1992. Militant and Triumphant: William Henry O'Connell and the Catholic Church in Boston, 1859-1944. Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press.
- Patkus, Ronald D. 1997. A Community in Transition: Boston Catholics, 1815-1845.
- Patkus, Ronald D. 1989. The Archdiocese of Boston: A Pictorial History. Boston, MA: Quinlan Press.
- Walton, Susan S. 1993. To Preserve the Faith: Catholic Charities in Boston, 1870-1930. New York: Garland Pub.
Selected Books about the Catholic Church in the United States
- Carey, Patrick W., and Patrick W. Carey. 2004. Catholics in America: A History. Westport, Conn.: Praeger Publishers, 2004.
- Ellis, John T. 1969. American Catholicism. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
- Ellis, John T., and Robert F. Trisco. 1982. A Guide to American Catholic History. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-Clio.
- Glazier, Michael, and Thomas J. Shelley. 1997. The Encyclopedia of American Catholic History. Collegeville, Minn.: Liturgical Press. BX1406
- Hennesey, James J. 1981. American Catholics: A History of the Roman Catholic Community in the United States. New York: Oxford University Press.
- Massa, Mark S., and Catherine Osborne. 2008. American Catholic History: A Documentary Reader. New York: New York University.
Publications of The Church in the 21st Century Center
- C21 Book Series: The Church in the 21st Century Center together with the Crossroad Publishing Company have put forth nine books that focus on topics ranging from Church managerial issues and sexuality to hope and ministry for the church.
- C21 Resources is a free bi-annual publication from Boston College's Church in the 21st Century Center which reprints articles and presentations around a central theme in each issue. This magazine serves as a resource for parishioners, religious educators, ministers, to name just a few. Read the spring 2010 issue: Growing Faith for an Evangelizing Church.
- Research on Sexuality in the Church: The C21 Center has a collection of occasional papers.
- The Pilot. 1876-present
The official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Boston. Current issues are in the O’Neill Library Current Periodicals area. Older issues are on microfilm, also in O’Neill Library. An archive of recent years of The Pilot is also available online beginning with July 1, 2003.
- Sacred Heart Review. 1888-1918.
Contains news of the Archdiocese of Boston, the Catholic Church throughout New England, as well as local, national, and international news. The print version is available in the Burns Library. In the process of being digitized, several years’ worth of the Sacred Hear Review are available online.
The Liturgy & Life Collection in the John J. Burns Library offers an intriguing look at the daily life of American Catholics prior to the reforms instituted by the Second Vatican Council. The Artifact series is an important component of the collection. Dating primarily between 1925 and 1975, the almost 1200 objects include vestments, statuary, rosary beads, medals, chalices, crucifixes, sick call sets, prayer cards, relics and original paintings. Comprising several thousand items, they provide a rich documentation of both public and private devotional life.
Websites - Archdiocese of Boston
Websites – The Catholic Church in the United States
- Women and Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America: “’Women & Spirit’ offers history museums across the country an opportunity to display artifacts and images that have rarely been seen by the general public. With a balanced approach that draws upon first-hand narratives, visitors will discover an untold story in American history.”