Serving as the institutional memory of Loyola University Chicago, the University Archives collects and makes accessible records of enduring historical and legal value that document how the University fulfills its mission and reflects the accomplishments that have created its unique identity.
The Loyola University Chicago Archives & Special Collections is pleased to be among the 25 institutions participating in the Peripheral Manuscripts: Digitizing Medieval Manuscript Collections in the Midwest project. We will be working with Dr. Ian Cornelius, Edward L. Surtz, SJ, Professorship in English and one of the three principle investigators for the grant, and contributing approximately 20 codices and manuscript leaves from our collections. This project is supported by a Digitizing Hidden Collections grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). The grant program is made possible by funding from The Andrew M. Mellon Foundation.
Winter Break Closure
The Loyola University Chicago Archives & Special Collections will be closed from December 23, 2019 through January 3, 2020 for the university's winter break. Archives & Special Collections will reopen on Monday, January 6, 2020.
The Loyola Special Collections is pleased to contribute an image of our leaf from the Beauvais Missal (1285) to the Reconstructing the Beauvais Missal project. The leaf came to Loyola's Special Collections following the purchase of the Milford Novitiate library by the Loyola Libraries. This leaf, along with a leaf from a manuscript of St. Thomas Aquinas's Super Quatro Libro Sententiarum (1470), was the gift of Edward J. Mandula, S.J., to the Milford Novitiate.
The Loyola University Chicago Archives & Special Collections has been working on changing the way our digital collections are made available. Now they can be accessed through our digital preservation system, Preservica. Already several of our digital collections have been moved to the new system and are available. More will be available in the coming months. Once all our digital collections are available this way, the previous way to view digital collections will no longer be available. VIEW
The Loyola University Chicago Archives & Special Collections is once again participating in the Color Our Collections campaign by the New York Academy of Medicine. We hope you enjoy our 2019 coloring book.
Special Collections Closure
The Loyola University Chicago Archives & Special Collections will be closed from 3 p.m. on January 29th through 12 p.m. on January 31st due to the extreme cold weather.
Items purchased for American Revolution Class in spring semester
Three items demonstrating the American Revolution's legacy as a World War were recently purchased to be used in the American Revolution class during the spring 2019 semester. These items include His Majesty's Ship La Magicienne's Prize List of April 21, 1782, documenting the crew of the British ship; Relacion de las Embarcaciones del Comboy Ingles, procedente de Posmuth en 29 de Julio del present Ano, baxo la escolta del Ramilles de 74 canones, y de dos Fragatas de 32 con destino a la Barbada, San Christoval, Santa Lucia, Jamayca, etc., y al Orient a saber, Bombay, Madras, Santa Elena (1780), documenting the capture of 55 British ships by the Spanish Armada; and Cartel pour L'Exhange general de tous les Prisonniers pris en Mer, Entre la France & la Grande-Bretagne & amenes en Europe, documenting the agreement between France and Britain regarding the exchange of prisoners captured at sea.
Loyola has awarded the Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities, the Public History Program, and the University Libraries a grant to create digital projects celebrating Loyola's history for the University's Sesquicentennial in 2020. READ MORE
Sacred Texts: Torah & Illuminated Bible
University Archives & Campus Ministry are pleased to sponsor the program Sacred Texts: Torah & Illuminated Bible. Hannah Bloomberg, Jewish Life Associate, Metro Chicago Hillel, will present on how to read a Torah and Lisa Reiter, Ph.D., Director of Campus Ministry, will present on the St. John's Bible. Highlighting the program will be the Torah and the St. John's Bible from Loyola's Special Collections.
American Archives Month 2018
Celebrate American Archives month at the Loyola University Chicago Archives & Special Collections be attending one of our Open Houses in October. They will be held on October 18th, 29th, and 31st, and highlight some of the treasurers to be found in the Loyola Archives & Special Collections.
18th century French manuscript
The newest acquisition for the Rare Book Collection is an 18th century French manuscript of Jesuit School Drama from the library of noted French theater historian the Duc de La Valliere. This manuscript contains plays by Bougeant, Arthuys, de la Rue, du Cerecau, and Poree, in addition to poems by Voltaire, Scudery, St. Martin, Saint-Everemond, and others. The play Le Monde Demasque by Bougeant is included in this manuscript and is purportedly unpublished.
Sesquicentennial Scholars Start
The Loyola University Chicago Archives & Special Collections welcomes Zach Stella, MS in Digital Humanities candidate, and Austin Sundstrom, MA in Public History candidate, to the team! Zach and Austin are the Sesquicentennial Scholars who will be working with the Archives & Special Collections staff to make Loyola's history more available through creative projects over the next three years.
Did you attend the 2018 Loyola NCAA or MVC tournament games? A watch party? Rallies for the Men's Basketball team? If so, we would like to have your images, videos, and stories to document this historic event for Loyola. The Loyola University Archives is still accepting digital images and physical items documenting Loyola's progress through the MVC or NCAA tournaments. Add your items to the collection through the March Madness portal or by sending them to the University Archives. PARTICIPATE
Loyola Oral History Project
The Loyola University Chicago Archives & Special Collections staff welcomes Anna Claspy to the team as the Oral History Assistant for the 2018-2019 academic year. Anna will be documenting the lives and careers of Loyola alumni, staff, faculty, and administrators through oral history interviews. These interviews help document Loyola's growth as a university and impact on our society, city, and world. Are you interested in participating in this project? If so, please contact Anna at email@example.com.
We are pleased to announce that the Loyola Archives & Special Collections has joined the History of Medicine Finding Aids Consortium organized by the National Library of Medicine. This consortium provides a searchable union catalog of finding aids related to medicine and its allied sciences. Fifty of our finding aids are now available through this consortium in addition to the thousands of other finding aids from over one hundred different institutions.
Have a question about Loyola's history? Want to know when Samuel Insull founded the Commonwealth Edison Company? What's the oldest book in the rare book collection? Ask the Archivist! Click on the Ask the Archivist button to submit a question to the Loyola University Chicago Archives & Special Collections staff. LEARN MORE