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Campaign asks help preserving diocesan history

Guardian Angels seeks donations to help save 75 more years of newspaper archives

Published: October 6, 2012   
Arkansas Catholic file
Funded by Guardian Angels, five more volumes of The Guardian are sent for digital scanning in October 2011 in a special sealed shipping container.

The Guardian Angels campaign so far has funded 16 years of digital archiving, but Arkansas Catholic seeks more donations to help preserve the remaining 75 paper volumes of The Guardian and Arkansas Catholic archives.

The 2012-2013 campaign to raise $15,000, enough to preserve another 10 years of newspapers, kicks off this weekend. The Guardian Angels campaign was launched by the diocesan newspaper in 2010 in preparation for its 100th anniversary. Since that time, donors have given nearly $30,000 to help Arkansas Catholic carefully scan the brittle newsprint and process the digital files to make them searchable.

All scanned issues from 1911 to 1926 and 1945 are available by clicking on the archives link at http://www.arkansas-catholic.org.

Individuals, families, parishes and Catholic organizations can "adopt" a year that has special meaning to them or in honor or memory of someone, for as little as $1,000.

Donors are also invited to send personal prayer intentions to be included in a Mass celebrated by Bishop Anthony B. Taylor during Advent. A special "Christmas Card" will be published in the Dec. 22 issue to recognize all donors.

It is estimated to cost at least $75,000 to finish the digital preservation project over the next several years.

The campaign's five "circles" of giving recognize donors for their contributions:

  • Angel Circle: $25 to $99 donation
  • Archangel Circle: $100 to $499
  • Cherubim Circle: $500 to $999
  • Seraphim Circle: $1,000 to $9,999
  • Annunciation Circle: $10,000 or more.

    A donation envelope is inserted in this week's issue. For more information, visit the Guardian Angels page or call (501) 664-0125.


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