Sue Lister | January 28, 2018
The University of Notre Dame Archives and the Hesburgh Libraries have launched a new research portal dedicated to preserving and increasing access to some of the most important works of former University President Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., including his work on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. The Hesburgh Portal, available at hesburghportal.nd.edu, assembles some of the writings and images from throughout his life and makes the assets digitally available to the public.
“We are pleased that this portal allows scholars, historians and others from across the globe to access Father Hesburgh’s writings and works,” said University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. “We are proud to be able to share his legacy with the world, and we know his life’s work will continue to have an impact on higher education and on all who work for peace and justice.”
The digital portal was a collaborative project between the University Archives and Hesburgh Libraries with support from the Offices of the President, Mission Engagement and Church Affairs and Information Technologies. The tool is organized around a biographical interactive storyline divided into six chapters that cover his early years, his life as a Holy Cross priest, his dedication to Notre Dame’s students, his work as a Notre Dame administrator, his 35-year tenure as University president and his national work during the civil rights era.
Each chapter includes a biographical overview and a variety of galleries where visitors can engage with photos, documents and files. The portal provides digital access to more than 140 of Father Hesburgh’s transcribed speeches, some of which include his original annotations. It also features more than 30 stories researched and written from archival collections. The site contains audio and video content, oral histories and other documents and items from his collection.