Loyola University Chicago

University Archives & Special Collections

Special Collections


All Loyola University Chicago Archives & Special Collections digital collections are available through Loyola University Chicago Digital Collections or through the Loyola University Chicago Archives & Special Collections page on the Internet Library.



Print Collections

Rare Book Collection 

Digitized rare books from the Loyola Rare Book Collection.


Chiswick Press Collection

Digitized books from the Charles A. Whittingham Chiswick Press collection at Loyola.


Jesuitica Collection

Books written by members of or about the Society of Jesus from Loyola's Rare Book Collection.


Holy Family Parish History

The history of Holy Family Parish (Chicago, IL) is highlighted through items in Loyola's Special Collections.


Illinois Catholic Historical Review

The journal of the Illinois Catholic Historical Society founded by Frederick Siedenburg, S.J., after the celebration of the Illinois State Centennial in 1918.


Founding Fathers

Documents from the Loyola Special Collections relating to the founding fathers of the United States.




Image Collections

Century of Progress

The Century of Progress World's Fair ran from 1933 through 1934. The images in this collection were taken by Samuel Insull, Jr.



Images of Chicago during the mid to late 20th century from collections at the Loyola University Chicago Archives & Special Collections.


Columbian Exposition

Books relating to the 1891 Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Digitized from the Rare Book Collection.


Catholic Church Extension Society Photograph Collection

Established in 1905 by Father Francis C. Kelley, the Catholic Church Extension Society provides funding and resources to dioceses and parishes in the United States. These collections are from the CCES Photograph Collection and records at the Loyola University Chicago Special Collections. The Father Francis C. Kelley papers are hosted by the Loyola Special Collections on behalf of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, which holds his papers.


Raymond V. Schoder, S.J., Slide Collection

The Schoder collection consists of approximately 17,000 slides taken by Rev. Schoder from 1950 to 1986, and includes classical sits of Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, and Ancient Egypt; sites from the Middle East, Asia, South America, Europe, the Soviet Union, and the United States; architecture; and art.


Michalak Collection

The Michalak Collection features 19th century British broadsides and books showcasing the work of illustrators such as George Cruikshank, Robert Cruikshank, James Gillray, and John Leech.


 Michalak collection