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Cabrini University (Radnor, PA 19087-3698)
Anne Schwelm (Project Director: July 2020 to present)
Digitizing America’s First Citizen Saints Project

Digitization of 292 items related to the first naturalized American citizen elevated to sainthood, Frances Xavier Cabrini (1850-1917), an Italian-American Roman Catholic nun. 

The Digitizing America’s First Citizen Saint Project is a three-year project that will provide digital access to the papers and artifacts of the first naturalized American citizen elevated to sainthood, Frances Xavier Cabrini. The output of the project will be digitized images of approximately 290 items, which include manuscripts, volumes of bound materials and scrapbooks, photographs, as well as a publicly accessible online OMEKA exhibit. This collection and exhibit have high research value as they document the life and work of this significant figure and reveal the history, religious landscape, and immigrant milieu of the 19th century United States. Once completed, this project will contribute significant content and context to understanding Cabrini’s life and contribution to American history and America’s religious history and allow for new scholarship relating to issues of immigration, education, social services, anti-Catholicism, and women’s leadership.

Project fields:
History of Religion; Immigration History; Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

$148,561 (approved)
$148,561 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2021 – 5/31/2024