Loyola University Chicago

University Archives & Special Collections

The Loyola University Chicago Archives & Special Collections are part of the Loyola University Libraries with the mission to collect and preserve the history of Loyola University Chicago and assist researchers in using the collections. The Archives & Special Collections hold over 8,500 linear feet of collections including Loyola records; Catholic collections; the papers of Samuel Insull and several of his employees and companies; faculty, staff, and alumni papers; and political papers. The rare book collection is also part of Special Collections and currently contains approximately 13,000 volumes with strengths in the areas of religion, philosophy, history, literature, and the history of medicine. Of particular note is the Edward A. Cudahy Jesuitica Collection, which includes a first edition of St. Ignatius Loyola's Spiritual Exercises as well as volumes on Jesuit missions and books by Jesuit scientists; the Charles A. Whittingham Chiswick Press collection; and the Michalak Collection, which includes the 19th century British satire and caricature collection and the Edward Gorey collection.

Our collections are open to all researchers. Visit us and see what you find at the archives.


From May through August 2015 archives staff will be preparing the Loyola Archives & Special Collections for renovation, which is scheduled to begin January 2016. During this time the best way to contact staff members will be through e-mail: Kathy Young at kyoung3@luc.edu or Ashley Howdeshell at ahowdeshell@luc.edu. While the Loyola Archives & Special Collections will remain open to researchers, appointments are required to use the collections.


The Loyola University Chicago Archives & Special Collections is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. We are closed on federal and university holidays.

University Archives & Special Collections will be closed on the following days:


  • September 7
  • November 26 & 27
  • December 14–18
  • December 24, 25 & 31


  • January 1