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Religion Collections in Libraries and Archives: Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia

Carmelitana Collection at Whitefriars Hall

Introductory Information

Carmelitana Collection at Whitefriars Hall

Address: Whitefriars Hall, 1600 Webster Street, N.E., Washington D.C, 20017

Telephone number: 202-526-1221 ext. 204

Contact information: [email protected]


Access Policies

Hours of service:Monday - Friday 9:00 am; 5:00 pm by appointment.

Open to the public: Yes, by appointment.

Interlibrary loan: Yes, through OCLC. The collection's symbol is CZW.

Reference policy: Reference requests are accepted by telephone, email, and in-person by appointment.


Books and monographs
The collection holds 13,000 titles with publications dating from 1502 to the present. The emphasis of the collection is Catholic literature dealing with the Carmelite Order of the Ancient Observance (O.Carm.) and the Order of the Discalced Carmelites (O.C.D.); Carmelites and Catholic spirituality and mysticism. Important figures and writers represented in these works include Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, and Thérèse of Lisieux, and Edith Stein.

Periodicals and newspapers
90 periodicals and journals.  Inclusive dates, 1876 to date. The emphasis of the collection is Catholic, exclusively Carmelite.

120 microfilms dealing with the Catholic Church and the Carmelite Order.

Videos and sound recordings
DVDs, CDs videotapes, sound recordings with an emphasis on Catholicism and the Carmelite Orders.

Digital collections
Includes rare books, lectures and sound recordings.

Subject Headings

Carmelites; Catholic Church; John of the Cross, Saint, 1542-1591; Mysticism; Spanish Renaissance literature; Spirituality--Catholic Church; Stein, Edith, 1891-1942; Teresa, of Avila, 1515-1582; Therese, de Lisieux, Saint, 1873-1897.