Chicago is rich in theological resources, with the Chicagoland area serving as home to more than twenty-one religious archives. Through CARA, archivists for religious institutions and agencies, as well as curators for religious manuscript collections, share common concerns and information, become familiar with other religious archives in the Chicago area, and host educational programs for professional development.

Membership is open to all individuals interested in the activities of religious archives and religious manuscript repositories in the Chicago area. Meetings are held twice a year, in the Spring and Fall, ordinarily during the day.

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Contact Doris Cardenas, cardenasd@claretians.org, 312-544-8239

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Membership in CARA (Chicago Area Religious Archivists) is open to all individuals interested in the activities of religious archives and religious manuscript repositories in the Chicago area.  CARA is an affiliate organization of the Chicago Area Archivists (CAA).

To join, please fill out the CARA Membership Form (PDF document)

CARA Steering Committee 2019-21

Audra V. Adomenas, President, Lithuanian Archives Project (LAP), aadomenas@yahoo.com, 312-940-3940

Doris Cardenas, Associate Archivist, Claretian Missionaries Archives USA-Canada, cardenasd@claretians.org, 312-544-8239

Virginia Jung, OSB, Community Archivist, Benedictine Sisters of Chicago, vjung@osbchicago.org, 773-764-2413 ext. 203

Malachy McCarthy, Province Archivist, Claretian Missionaries Archives USA-Canada, mccarthym@claretians.org, 312-544-8240

Andrew Rea, Director, Archives of the Chicago Province of the Society of the Divine Word, ARea@uscsvd.org, 847-412-1678

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