The Archivists for Congregations of Women Religious (ACWR) is a professional organization dedicated to achieving the following objectives:

  1. ACWR Mission:  Archivists for Congregations of Women Religious (ACWR) assists lay and religious archivists in the management, interpretation, and preservation of the historical record of Catholic sisters and nuns in the United States and worldwide.
  2.  ACWR Vision:
     • We build and sustain a community of professional practice through networking and educational opportunities.
    • We advocate for the protection of the historical records of women religious.
    • We promote the rich contributions of Catholic sisters and nuns to the broader historical narrative.
    • We encourage professional archivists to explore the unique opportunities presented by careers in religious repositories.

ACWR Strategic Plan, 2016-2018

Strategic Priority #1: Address the threats to the historical records of women religious resulting from community closures, mergers, and changing demographics

  • Request meetings with leadership of LCWR and CMSWR to discuss the scope of the threat to historical records and possible actions (2016)
  • Prepare case studies of final disposition of records of closed communities for internal use and study (2016)
  • Apply for an NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Foundations Grant to facilitate the creation of an ACWR-sponsored digital archives of women religious
  • Prepare a white paper that investigates the possibility of ACWR developing a collecting repository for the records of closed communities (2017-2018)

Strategic Priority #2: Promote and provide educational opportunities for members beyond the ACWR triennial meeting

  • Reactivate the mentoring program (2016-2017)
  • Maintain a list or calendar of educational opportunities outside of AWCR on the website or through the membership email list (2016-2018)
  • Investigate the production of webinars for ACWR members (2017)
  • Create an online forum for members’ Q&A on the Website (2016-2017)

Strategic Priority #3: Create a foundation for the stewardship of digital collections and electronic records among our members

  • Compile a list of questions for consideration before developing digital collections and/ or committing to collecting electronic records (2017-2018)
  • Develop talking points for members to use in educating community leadership and records creators about electronic records (2017-2018)
  • Sponsor a Digital POWRR workshop (or other electronic records / digital archives workshop) for members (2017-2018)

Strategic Priority #4: Engage the ACWR membership

  • Develop a protocol for board contact with new members to ensure that each new member is personally welcomed by a board member (2016)
  • Reactivate the nominating committee (2016-2017)
  • Write newsletter article about board positions and responsibilities to inform membership about leadership opportunities (2016-2017)
  • Pilot “Dear Big Sister” column for newsletter and website to educate lay archivists about women’s religious communities and Catholic sisters and nuns (2016)