The Canon Law Collections were acquired in 1999 by Dr. Raymond Van De Moortell, STH Head Librarian. The Collection consists mostly of doctoral dissertations from The Catholic University of America in the field of Roman Catholic Ecclesiastical Law. The Collection also contains some trade edition titles on various topics in canon law. The Collection was the private library of Monsignor Richard G. Cunningham, faculty member at St. John’s Seminary, Brighton, and Blessed John XXIII National Seminary, Weston. Monsignor Cunningham was a graduate of the Pontifical Lateran University, Rome, and the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. A noted American canonist, Monsignor Cunningham was the President of the Canon Law Society of America for many years, a major contributor to the 1983 Code of Canon Law and Commentary, and has made significant intellectual contributions to the research and study of canon law.