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A Guide to...Papal Documents & Church Research

This guide is a starting point for research focused on the Catholic Church, including its history, its theology, and, most significantly, documents issued by Popes and the various sections of the Roman Curia.

Catholic Periodical & Literature Index

Other Primary Source Resources

In addition to published compilations of papal letters and other Church documents, some libraries and archives maintain clippings of primary sources from newspapers, pamphlets, and other sources not traditionally published in book format. Dinand has a handful of such clipping collections pertaining to the popes in its collection, which are listed below. Note that not all of our clipping collections have a record in the catalog. 

Below are listed selected databases that may be helpful for historical Church research.
For our complete list of primary source databases, 
click here