Loyola University Chicago

University Archives & Special Collections

Class Instruction & Visits

Classes at the Loyola Archives and Special Collections

The Loyola Archives and Special Collections serves as a learning lab for Loyola students and others to engage in a hands-on learning experience and develop skills in using primary sources. We welcome opportunities to collaborate with faculty members in developing instruction sessions and projects for their classes.


  • A minimum of three weeks notice is required in order to prepare for a class visit
  • Faculty members are requested to provide a syllabus when contacting the Archives & Special Collections about a class visit or assignment
  • A consultation will be scheduled with the faculty member in order to discuss the class visit or assignment. Materials for the visit/assignment will be discussed and selected during the consultation.
  • The Special Collections reading room holds twenty seated people comfortably and up to 28 not so comfortably. Large classes are divided between the reading room and archives annex in order to provide a comfortable and safe space for students to engage with materials.
  • Requested class visit times depends on availability of staff and space.
  • Class sessions at the Archives & Special Collections include but are not limited to introductions to archival research, primary sources, and the Loyola collections; class discussions and demonstrations; project and assignment work; and small group activities.

Planning Process

  • Requests are received at least 3 weeks in advance
  • Faculty member provides staff with all relevant materials relating to visit - syllabus, assignment, etc.
  • Date and time of session is confirmed and a meeting between the faculty member and archives staff is scheduled
  • Faculty member and archives staff meet to discuss session/assignment and select appropriate materials