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

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Introductory Information

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops External

Address: 3211 Fourth Street NE, Washington, DC 20017

Telephone number: 202-541-3286

Contact information: [email protected]

Online catalog External

Access Policies

Hours of service: Monday—Friday: 9:00 a.m.--5:00 p.m.

Open to the public: No, but if one contacts the USCCB in advance, some materials may be made available through the Catholic University of America Archives.

Interlibrary loan: No

Reference policy: Reference requests are accepted by: Contact us form External , telephone, or email.

Background note:
Founded in 1917 as the National Catholic War Council External , which reconstituted in 1922 as the National Catholic Welfare Conference following World War I External . Following the Second Vatican Council, the National Conference of Catholic of Bishops and the United States Catholic Conference worked in conjunction for the needs of U.S. Bishops and American Catholics until in 2001 when the two staffs rejoined as the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Books and monographs:
The collection holds approximately 10,000 volumes, primarily from 1940 to date of publications and pamphlets produced by the organization.

Archives, manuscripts, correspondences, and/or oral histories
The collection of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops can be researched at the Catholic University of America Archives in their manuscript collection External

In the CUA archives there are publications, film reviews, videos, photographs, slides, annual reports and some Vatican documents from the historic USCCB holding

Other holdings not listed above
Uncataloged collections include publications of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and United States Catholic Conference; U.S. reprints of Vatican documents; and publications of other episcopal conferences, especially the Consejo Episcopal Latinoamericano (CELAM)

Subject Headings

Church management; Consejo Episcopal Latinoamericano (CELAM); Ecumenical movement; Human rights--Religious aspects; Multiculturalism--Religious aspects; National Conference of Catholic Bishops; United States Catholic Conference; Film Reviews; Immigration; Social Justice