Tucked away on the second floor of Cudahy Library, just steps from the stacks and students, sits one of Loyola’s hidden gems: the Archives & Special Collections department.
Recently renovated and home to more than 14,000 rare books, archival collections, and artifacts, this section of the University Libraries is a slice of historical heaven. But it’s not just for bibliophiles or history buffs.
To celebrate the updated space the University is hosting a dedication ceremony on Friday, February 24. The event will run from 3- 5 p.m. and include a special blessing by Stephen Schloesser, S.J., chair of the Department of History.
The dedication is the perfect chance for anyone interested in the collections to stop by and learn more, said archivist Kathy Young. Among the items that will be on display: photo albums from St. Ignatius College and Loyola University; 19th century political cartoons by George Cruikshank; and 21st century editorial cartoons by Scott Stantis.
For Young, who has been at Loyola for 15 years, it’s a joy to welcome students and non-academics to her department. Many of them have never seen a rare book—let alone had a chance to turn the pages of one.
“It’s fun to see how the students react to being here,” she said. “We had a French class come in and use 200-year-old books. That definitely got them excited.”