The National Institute for Newman Studies | NINS
The National Institute for Newman Studies is a non-profit organization that provides resources for scholars dedicated to promoting the study and spreading the knowledge of Newman’s life, influence, and work.
We are dedicated to maintaining the most comprehensive and accessible collection of Newman-related texts in both print and digital formats, in North America.
We are committed to providing Newman scholars with the most advanced academic tools for their work.
We support Newman scholarship in a variety of disciplines and forms.
Moreover, we aim to encourage present and future generations of scholars and students to continue exploring the significance of Newman’s life and work, the meaning of his ideas, and the influence of his legacy.
In 2000, the founder of the Venerable John Henry Newman Association, Fr. Vincent J. Giese, passed away, leaving behind an extensive Newman Library.
In 2002, Fr. Drew Morgan, C.O., and Mrs. Catharine M. Ryan – both board members of the VJHNA – began to formulate an idea that would allow Fr. Giese’s gift to bear abundant fruit. They envisioned a center where scholars could study an extensive collection of Newman-related documents and materials, exchanging discoveries and ideas about the nature of Newman’s thought and its relevance in today’s world. With the assistance of many generous and helpful friends in Pittsburgh and throughout the world, they saw their idea grow into the National Institute for Newman Studies. The first Newman scholar was welcomed to rented facilities in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh in August of 2003. The Gailliot Center for Newman Studies opened in 2007, housing the Newman Research Library, administrative offices, and four residential suites for visiting scholars. In 2010, the Institute established an affiliation with Duquesne University. The Ryan Endowed Chair for Newman Studies, a position that includes both academic responsibilities at Duquesne and the directorship of the Institute, was created.