Theresa Angela Lane (1915-1974) joined the Dominican Sisters and took the name Mary Claude in 1932. Sister Claude taught and served as librarian and choral director in Dominican elementary and high schools throughout Texas from 1933 to 1960. On completing her graduate studies at the University of Texas (MLS 1961), she became the first professionally trained archivist at the Catholic Archives of Texas in Austin, a position she held from 1960 to 1974. She expanded the holdings of the archives to include documentation on Catholic clergy, religious communities, and parishes and dioceses throughout the state. She also spoke and wrote on archival and historical topics.
Sister Claude was a founding member of the Society of Southwest Archivists and served on the SSA’s executive board.
The Sister M. Claude Lane Award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of religious archives. The Society of Southwest Archivists created, sponsors, and funds the award (which includes a modest honorarium as well as a plaque), but the Society of American Archivists Awards Committee chooses the recipient. The award is announced during the SAA annual meeting.
The Sister M. Claude Lane Award is the only award established and funded by a regional archival organization but administered and presented by SAA. Created by the Society of Southwest Archivists in 1974, the Sister M. Claude Lane Award stands as an enduring example of regional/national cooperation.
The annual deadline is February 28th.
For more information on the Lane Award, including criteria, eligibility, past winners, and how to apply, go to the website of the Society of American Archivists.