In 2000, Fr. Vincent J. Giese passed away, leaving an extensive Newman Library to the Newman Association of America, an organization he founded. In 2002, Fr. Drew Morgan, C.O. and Mrs. Catharine M. Ryan, both board members of the NAA, began to formulate an idea that would cause Fr. Giese’s gift to bear abundant fruit. They envisioned a center where scholars could study Newman using the most extensive collection of Newman materials in North America, exchanging thoughts, ideas, and discoveries about the nature and relevance of Newman’s ideas 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. This cooperative arrangement established the Ryan Endowed Chair for Newman Studies, a position that includes both academic responsibilities at Duquesne and the directorship of the Institute.
The effort to digitize Cardinal Newman's handwritten archive is entering its third year. This is a 14 minute visual depiction of the process that involves the efforts of three institutions between the United States and England. See the project as it is put into historical and logical perspective.