Loyola University Chicago

University Archives & Special Collections

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Mission

The Loyola University Chicago Archives & Special Collections is home to the University Archives and a variety of Special Collections including the Rare Book Collection and the Congressional Archives.

The University Archives serves as the institutional memory of Loyola University Chicago with the mission to collect, preserve, organize, describe, and make available university records of enduring historical value. Special Collections includes archival collections relating to Samuel Insull, Congressmen Dan Rostenkowski and Henry J. Hyde, Catholic history, Jesuit educators, and Chicago entertainment. Special Collections is also the home of Loyola's Rare Book Collection, which is particularly strong in the areas of Jesuitica, American and British history, literature and drama, and religion and theology. Of particular note in the collection are the Edward A. Cudahy Jesuitica collection, the Charles A. Whittingham Chiswick Press collection, the Michalak 19th century British Satire and Caricature collection, the Charles A. Keely Book History collection, and the Edward Gorey collection. Today the Loyola University Chicago Archives & Special Collections holds over 9,000 linear feet of archival collections and 14,000 rare books.