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.


Special Notice

Cudahy Library will be closed from approximately mid-May to mid-August for HVAC and elevator construction. During this time all library services, including Special Collections, will be moving to the Klarcheck Information Commons. There will be limited accessibility of collections during this time. Please note the following:

  • Special Collections will be located in the Congressional Archives, Klarcheck Information Commons room 302

  • Appointments are required and must be made no later than 48 business hours (2 business days) prior to the desired appointment time.

  • Materials must be requested 48 business hours (2 business days) before a scheduled research appointment in order to allow staff time to pull requested materials. Please be as specific as possible in your request for materials as staff will not be able to pull materials the same day they are requested. 

  • Requests for additional materials made during a research appointment will require an additional appointment be scheduled.



The Loyola University Chicago Archives & Special Collections is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. We are closed on federal and university holidays.

Appointments are required.

Please contact Kathy Young, University Archivist, at kyoung3@luc.edu or Ashley Howdeshell, Assistant University Archivist, at ahowdeshell@luc.edu to make an appointment.

Congressional Archives

Please contact Kathy Young at 773-508-2661 or kyoung3@luc.edu for inquiries about the Dan Rostenkowski and Henry Hyde papers or to make an appointment to use the papers.


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


  • May 8th - 12th         (Moving to temporary summer quarters, IC 302)
  • May 29                     (Memorial Day)
  • July 3 & 4                 (Independence Day)
  • September 4            (Labor Day)
  • November 23 & 24   (Thanksgiving)
  • December 25            (Christmas)


  • January 1                  (New Years)