Special Collections and Archives


Records of an association of Catholic communications professionals, which hosts the Gabriel Awards to recognize for outstanding broadcast journalism. The collection includes records of the Gabriel Awards and related publications. The Catholic Broadcasters Association and Unda-USA preceded the Catholic Academy.

Gift of the Catholic Academy of Communication Arts Professionals, Dayton, Ohio, 2002-. Processed by Mark G. Thiel, CA (Certified Archivist), 2009-.

Historical Note

The Catholic Academy for Communication Arts Professionals was founded in 2002 as the U.S. affiliate of Signis, the World Catholic Association for Communication.

The Catholic Academy is the successor to Unda-USA (1972-2002) and the Catholic Broadcasters Association (1948-1972).  As such, it continued the sponsorship of the Gabriel Awards for outstanding broadcast journalism (2002-), which the Catholic Broadcasters Association had established in 1965 and Unda-USA had continued in 1972.  All three organizations presented the awards through a national presentation, but in 2009, a local presentation in California was held instead.

Scope and Content

The following record series comprise the records of the Catholic Academy for Communication Arts Professionals:

Catholic Academy Series 1, Audio/Video Recordings.

Catholic Academy Series 2, Proceedings: Schedules, programs, and handouts from the Catholic Media Convocation, a joint annual meeting of the Catholic Academy and the Catholic Press Association.

Catholic Academy Series 3, Gabriel Award: Comprised of nominations forms, lists of entrants and winners, and banquet programs since 2002. The preceding Gabriel Award records are included in the series 3 records of the Catholic Broadcasters Association (1965-1971) and Unda-USA (1973-2002).

Catholic Academy Series 4, Publications: Contains printouts of e-ffinity, a monthly online newsletter, 2007-2010.

Catholic Academy Series 5, Website: By employing the online service "Archive-it," the Marquette University Archives has captured and archived the Catholic Academy website twice a year since 2011. Included are any attached newsletters, PDF handouts, and video recordings.

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