Staff of the Archives of the Archdiocese of New York: Kate Feighery, Archivist; Elizabeth Alleva, Assistant Archivist

Exhibit designed by Cindy Rodriguez, Lockstep Studio.

Special thanks to the many people who provided Holy Cards to be used in this exhibit, including: Amada Beltran; The Rev. Eugene J. Carrella, Church of St. Rita; Grace & John Feighery; George Horton, The Dorothy Day Guild; Barbara Kelly, Corrigan Memorial Library; The Library of Congress; The Rev. Michael P. Morris,  Church of Regina Coeli; Sr. Mary T. Naccarato, PBVM, Office of Youth Ministry; Ellen Pierce and Jennifer Halloran, Maryknoll Mission Archives; Pastor Terrence L. Weber, The Terence Cardinal Cooke Guild

Thanks to the Rev. Michael P. Morris, former director of the Archives, who first suggested the topic for this exhibit, and came up with the title.

For those interested in more information about the history of Holy Cards, printing processes, and the religious art, please see the sources below:

  • “The Art of Advertising of Benziger Brothers’ Church Goods Manufacture, New York, 1879-1937,” Rachel Bean, Studies in the Decorative Arts, Vol. 11, No. 2, Spring-Summer 2004: 78-109.
  • Between Heaven and Earth: The Religious Worlds People Make and the Scholars who Study Them, Robert A. Orsi (Princeton: Princeton University Press
  • “Catholic Holy Cards: Visual, Verbal, and Tactile Codes for the (In)Visible,” James F. Petruzzelli, The Other Print Tradition: Essays on Chapbooks, Broadsides, and Related Ephemera, Cathy Lynn Preston and Michael J. Preston, eds. (New York: Garland, 1995).
  • Holy Cards, Barbara Calamari & Sandra DiPasqua (New York: Abrams, 2004).
  • “Holy Cards/Immaginette: The Extraordinary Literacy of Vernacular Religion,” Diana George and Mariolina Rizzi Salvatori, College Composition and Communication, Vol. 60, No. 2, Dec. 2008.
  • How to Identify Prints, Bamber Gascoigne (New York: Thames and Hudson, 2014).
  • Images of Faith: Expressionism, Catholic Folk Art, and the Industrial Revolution, Helena Waddy Lepovitz (Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1991).
  • “Images of Visions: Marian Devotional Images from the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries in North America,” Nicholas Glisson, Marian Studies XLIX, 1998.
  • “Intaglio.” Graphic Atlas.
  • “Introduction: Material Culture and Catholic History,” Maureen C. Miller, The Catholic Historical Review, Vol. 101, No. 1, 2015
  • “Marian Devotion since 1940: Continuity or Casualty?” Paula Kane in Habits of Devotion: Catholic Religious Practice in Twentieth-Century America, James M. O’Toole, ed. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2004.
  • Material Christianity: Religion and Popular Culture, Colleen McDannell (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1995).
  • “Planographic.” Graphic Atlas.
  • Prints and Visual Communication, William Ivins (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1953).
  • “RCL Benziger History.”
  • “Relief.” Graphic Atlas.
  •  “The Religious Art of Benziger Brothers,” Saul Zalesch, American Art, Vol. 13, No. 2, Summer, 1999: 58-79.
  • Visual Piety: A History and Theory of Popular Religious Images, David Morgan (Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2009).