University Archives News
February 5, 2018
The Loyola Special Collections is participating in this year's Color Our Collections campaign. See our coloring book here.
December 15, 2017
Archives & Special Collections Closed December 25, 2017 - January 1, 2018
As a reminder, the Loyola Archives & Special Collections, along with the rest of the University, will be closed over the Christmas and New Years holiday period.
December 8, 2017
Record Number of Classes
The Loyola Archives & Special Collections would like to thank all the classes who visited and used our collections during the fall semester. We had a record number of 18 classes with a total of 259 students visiting Special Collections during the past 5 months, including classes from History, English, Criminal Justice, and Modern Languages. Four of the classes used the collections for projects.
May 15, 2017
Special Collections receives gift to digitize A-V materials
The Loyola Special Collections gratefully acknowledges the gift of $10,000 from the Jesuit Community of Loyola University Chicago to digitize approximately 138 reel-to-reel tapes, films, and videos from our audio-visual collection. The end result of this project will be a significant online collection of materials highlighting the history of Loyola and the contributions of the Jesuit community to the university. Among the materials to be digitized are the 1970 Centennial Symposium tapes featuring such speakers as Victor Frankl and Hannah Arendt; tapes from the Matteo Ricci Symposium in the 1980s; tapes of lectures given by Jesuits; Raymond C. Baumhart, SJ's inauguration; and films of class reunions and Fr. James Mertz, SJ. The resulting online collection will be part of the Loyola Archives & Special Collections' outreach to promote the University's 150th anniversary in 2020.
April 18, 2017
Cudahy Library Closure
Cudahy Library will be closed from approximately mid-May through mid-August due to HVAC and elevator construction. During this time all library services, including Special Collections, will be moving to the Klarcheck Information Commons. There will be limited access to collections during this time so please note the following:
- Special Collections will be located in the Congressional Archives, Klarcheck Information Commons room 302
- Research appointments are required and must be made no later than 48 business hours (2 business days) prior to desired appointment date and time.
- Requests for materials must be made 48 business hours (2 business days) prior to the appointment in order to allow staff time to pull materials. No same day requests for materials will be accepted.
- Same day requests for materials not requested prior to the appointment will require a new research appointment.
September 27, 2016
Special Collections will be closed October 19 & 20, 2016
The Loyola Special Collections will be closed on October 19th & 20th as staff attend a 2 day workshop. We will re-open on October 21, 2016.
September 6, 2016
Chicago Open Archives, October 6-8, 2016
The Loyola University Chicago Archives & Special Collections will be participating in the 2nd annual Chicago Open Archives on October 6-8, 2016. Visitors will be able to see items from the collections, have a tour of the archives, and ask archivists questions. Advanced sign-up is required and can be found at Chicago Open Archives.
August 15, 2016
It's Hell but Here We Are Again
On August 15th a new exhibition was opened in the Donovan Reading Room. Titled "It's Hell But Here We Are Again", this exhibition highlights the work of political cartoonist Art Young (1866-1943). Curated by Anthony J. Mourek and Valerie Higgins, the exhibition features selections from Mr. Mourek's collection. Text to accompany the exhibit can be found here.
It should be noted that all artwork included in this exhibition are high quality facsimiles of the originals held by Mr. Mourek.
July 1, 2016
The staff of the Loyola University Chicago Archives & Special Collections is excited to announce that the renovation of the Archives & Special Collections area has been completed. Collections and staff have been relocated to their permanent home and are open to assist researchers. Appointments are required. Please contact Kathy Young, University Archivist, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ashley Howdeshell, Assistant University Archivist, at email@example.com to make an appointment.
May 16, 2016
Loyola University Chicago Libraries Acquires Collection of Award-Winning Political Cartoons
The Loyola University Chicago Libraries' Special Collections has acquired the Scott Stantis papers, consisting of notebooks, original drawings, and electronic versions of drawings by the Chicago Tribune's renowned editorial cartoonist. Complimenting the existing Michalak Collection of 19th century British caricature, the Stantis papers focuses on Chicago and Illinois politics while also including some national issues. Known for his libertarian, conservative view of government and society, Stantis's editorial cartoons have been syndicated in more than 400 publications around the world, including USA Today, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, and TIME. He received a Sigma Delta Chi Award for Excellence in Journalism in 2012, and his comic stip, The Buckets, was included in The 100 Best Comics of the Century, published in 1995.
We are delighted that Mr. Stantis has chosen the Loyola University Chicago Special Collections as the home of his papers.
May 13, 2016
The Loyola University Chicago Archives & Special Collections will be closed from May 16th through mid-June as we move back into our renovated space.
January 20, 2016
Renovation of the Loyola University Chicago Archives & Special Collections began on January 4, 2016, and is scheduled to continue through April 2016. The Archives & Special Collections will be open during this time in our temporary location of Cudahy Library room 201. Appointments are required.
December 7, 2015
Archives & Special Collections Closure Updates
The Loyola Archives & Special Collections will not be accepting research appointments from December 7th through the 18th. During these two weeks staff will be moving shelving and other furniture from the archives to temporary quarters in preparation for construction to begin on January 4, 2016.
The Loyola Archives & Special Collections will be closed from December 21, 2015 through January 3, 2016.
The Archives & Special Collections will re-open in our temporary location, Cudahy Library room 201, on January 4, 2016.
September 17, 2015
Archives & Special Collections Closure
The Archives & Special Collections will be closed the week of December 14th. During this week we will be moving into our temporary quarters and cleaning out our current area in preparation for the renovation which will begin in January 2016.
September 10, 2015
Finding Aid for Catholic Church Extension Society Photograph Collection online
A complete inventory of the Catholic Church Extension Society Photograph Collection is now available online. This collection spans from ca. 1899 - 1981 (bulk 1908-1950) and includes photographs of churches, parishioners, chapel cars, events, Extension Society offices and staffers, and church furnishings provided by Extension. Geographical range includes the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, Philippines, and Europe.
July 15, 2015
Finding Aids for Dan Rostenkowski papers online
Updated finding aids for the Dan Rostenkowski papers are now available online.
May 5, 2015
Renovation of the Loyola Archives & Special Collections
From May through August 2015 the archives staff will be preparing the Loyola Archives & Special Collections for renovation. This renovation is currently scheduled to begin in January 2016 and occur throughout the spring semester. The archives & special collections will remain open during the preparation work and renovation, however appointments are required and hours available for researchers to use collections may be limited. In addition, there will be limited space available for researchers to work. Archives staff requests your patience and understanding during this time as we work to update the Archives & Special Collections, thus providing better facilities for our collections, researchers, and archives staff.
Please contact Kathy Young at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
December 17, 2014
The Loyola University Archives & Special Collections is pleased to participate in the 2014 National Collections Care Survey conducted by Heritage Preservation in conjunction with the Institute of Library and Museum Services and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
October 8, 2014
October is Archives Month!
The Loyola Archives & Special Collections, including the Congressional Archives, is celebrating Archives month by welcoming the Loyola community to an Open House at the Archives. Open Houses will be on October 13th, 16th, 22nd, and 31st from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM each day. Items from the collections will be on display and archivists will be available to answer questions about the collections or what the department does. In addition to the Open Houses, a new exhibit is on display in the Donovan Reading room highlighting the collections of the Loyola Archives & Special Collections, the Congressional Archives, and the Women and Leadership Archives.
August 1, 2014
As of August 1st, Associate Archivist Ashley Howdeshell has been promoted to Assistant University Archivist. Ashley received her MLS from Indiana University with a specialization in Archives and Records Management and is certified by the Academy of Certified Archivists. She will be responsible for digital preservation and electronic records at the University Archives and will be working with University departments to transfer records in all formats (print, electronic, and audio-visual) to the University Archives.
June 30, 2014
The Loyola University Chicago Archives & Special Collections will be closed on the following dates:
July 4, 2014
July 11, 2014
August 11-15, 2014
June 25, 2014
A new digital collection highlighting images of Chicago found in collections at the Archives has been created. Currently this collection includes images from the Samuel Insull papers.
Several images have been added to the Century of Progress digital collection. In addition, several more volumes of Jesuitica have been digitized as have Holy Family School tuition ledgers, the World War II scrapbook of Loyola students who enlisted, and the World War II Memorial Book of Loyolans killed in action.
May 29, 2013
Collections A to Z list available
A collections A to Z list has been created to make it easier to find specific collections. This list is available under the 'collections' category.
May 28, 2013
Digital Collections and Online Exhibits
More items have been added to the digital collections and new collections have been created. New issues of the Loyola News, Loyola Phoenix, and Blackacre student newspapers have been added and images have been added to the Loyola University Chicago Photograph Collection. In addition, two new digital collections - Loyola History and Century of Progress - have been created. The Loyola History digital collection contains items documenting the history of the university, including course catalogs and library catalogs, while the Century of Progress digital collection contains photographs taken by Samuel Insull Jr. during the Century of Progress Worlds' Fair.
Online exhibits are now available although staff is still working on cleaning them up since the software upgrade.
February 12, 2013
Online Exhibits Temporarily Unavailable
Due to a recent software upgrade the online exhibits on the Archives & Special Collections website are currently unavailable. These exhibits include the Jesuits & the Sciences, 1540-1999, Hidden Loyola, Loyola Traditions, Loyola Timeline, Raymond V. Schoder, S.J., Gerard Manly Hopkins Lecture, and Raymond V. Schoder, S.J., Roman North Africa Lecture. Staff is working on this problem and hope to have the exhibits available again as soon as possible.
January 31, 2013
Torah Scrolls gifted to Loyola
Loyola University Chicago has received the gift of two Torah scrolls from Dr. Martin Johnson of Phoenix, AZ. One is a giant 16th century scroll of Central European origins (German/Czech) and the other is smaller 18th century scroll of German scribed in the region of Germany. Both are complete Torahs and were gifted to Loyola with the intent that they be used by students, faculty, and scholars for study. Neither Torah is kasher for ritual usage in a synagogue.
The Torah scrolls are housed in Archives & Special Collections.
January 16, 2013
Kale Williams Papers
The Archives & Special Collections department has received 9 linear feet (6 boxes) of papers from noted human rights and social justice advocate Kale Williams. Mr. Williams was the Senior Scholars in Residence at CURL (Center for Urban Research and Learning) as well as Visiting Professor of Applied Ethics at Loyola. Mr. Williams has worked on fair housing opportunities, assistance to Native Americans in the Southwest, famine relief in the Nigeria-Biafra civil war, and opposition to the Vietnam War, and help found the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities, where he served as the executive director for over 20 years. The Kale Williams papers at Loyola include information on his career with CURL and as visiting professor of Applied Ethics and his consulting practice. The majority of his papers reflecting his work in Chicago are now at the Chicago History Museum.
December 17, 2012
Archives & Special Collections Closures
The Archives & Special Collections department will be closed from December 24, 2012 through January 1, 2013. We will re-open on January 2, 2013 for our regular hours of M-F 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
June 27, 2012
A project to catalog the scrapbooks in the University Archives' collection has been underway for the past several months. To date 17 scrapbooks have been cataloged with records now available in the libraries' Pegasus catalog. These scrapbooks where compile by Jesuits at St. Ignatius College primarily from the 1870s through the early 1900s. Subjects include Jesuits, the temperance movement, events in Italy, Ireland, and Germany, Chicago history, Catholic press, and education. The remaining scrapbooks will be cataloged soon.
St. Ignatius College Photograph Album vol. 1 has been digitized and is available as part of the Loyola University Photograph collection under Digital Collections & Exhibits. This album shows students and Jesuits at St. Ignatius College from approximately 1884 to 1899.
"Tianzhu jiangsheng chuxiang jingjie" (1637) by Giulio Aleni has been digitized and will soon be available as part of the Jesuitica collection under Digital Collections & Exhibits.
May 22, 2012
The Loyola University Chicago Archives and Special Collections welcomes two summer interns to the staff, Ann Marie Schneider and Peggy Kotowski. Ann Marie is a Loyola alumnus (BA, English) who is currently working on her MLS at the University of Oklahoma. Peggy is a Ph.D. candidate in Nursing at Loyola. Both will be working on collections and assisting on projects at the archives.
May 17, 2012
During the spring 2012 semester the University Archives and Special Collection worked with Dr. Kyle Roberts from the History department and two History student interns, Zorian Sasyk and Brian Molitor, to digitize the original St. Ignatius College library catalog from 1875. Zorian and Brian digitized the ledger and started investigating the current library collections to see if any of the books listed in the 1875 ledger are still in the collections. This project is ongoing as Dr. Roberts and his interns intend to recreate the original catalog and build a virtual library.
February 8, 2012
In December 2011 the Archives and Special Collections department received two new collections - the Melville P. and Margaret H. Steinfels papers and the R.A. Scotti papers.
The Melville P. and Margaret H. Steinfels papers consist of approximately 75 linear feet of cartoons for artwork, presentation artwork and sketches, school artwork, Loyola Community Theater sketches, notes, correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, project files, business correspondence, commercial art, films, zinc printing blocks, and Christmas cards. The majority of the collection reflects the work of Melville P. Steinfels, a well-known liturgical artist who did the Stations of the Cross and fresco in Loyola's Madonna della Strada chapel as well as the mosaics in the former Marquette Center and Damen Hall on Loyola's campuses. This collection also includes some student work by Margaret H. Steinfels, wife of Melville.
The R.A. Scotti papers consist of approximately 1.5 linear feet of research notes. manuscripts, and published books by the Loyola alumna and author of "Basilica" and "Vanished Smile". Copies of this material have been provided to the Providence Public Library Special Collections. In return, the Archives and Special Collections department has received copies of materials relating to R.A. Scotti's book "Sudden Storm" about the New England hurricane.
November 15, 2011
The Loyola University Chicago Archives and Special Collections will be closed on the following dates for the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's holidays:
November 24, 2011
November 25, 2011
December 23, 2011
December 26, 2011
December 27, 2011
December 30, 2011
January 2, 2012
January 3, 2012
August 19, 2011
The Loyola University Chicago Archives and Special Collections, including the Congressional Archives, will be closed from August 22nd through August 26th as staff attends the annual Society of American Archivists conference. Archives and Special Collections will re-open on Monday, August 29th.
June 2, 2011
The Loyolan, Dentos, and Stritch School of Medicine yearbooks are now available online through the Loyola University Chicago Archives and Special Collections page on the Internet Archive at http://www.archive.org/details/loyolachicago .
June 2, 2011
The Loyola timeline exhibit has been updated and added to by Chris Barbuschak, History major and archives volunteer. The new timeline features more information on Loyola history as well as additional images and a new layout. View it here.
May 26, 2011
This summer the Loyola University Chicago Archives and Special Collections will be open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. with the following exceptions:
Memorial Day, May 30th: Closed
June 13th through June 17th: Closed
July 4th: Closed
August 24th through August 26th: Closed
February 8, 2011
The digital exhibits for Hidden Loyola and the Jesuits and the Sciences have been updated and expanded. While both can be reached through the Digital Collections & Exhibits page, please note that both exhibits have new URLs. Hidden Loyola can be found at http://www.lib.luc.edu/specialcollections/exhibits/show/hidden-loyola and Jesuits and the Sciences, 1540-1999, can be found at http://www.lib.luc.edu/specialcollections/exhibits/show/jesuitsciences.
February 3, 2011
Finding aids for the and the construction records for Samuel Insull's Hawthorn Farm residence are now available online. Please note that the blueprints for the house and gardens at Hawthorn Farm are not yet available.
As of February 1, 2011, the fee for image reproductions is increasing from $5.00 per image to $10.00. The fee for photocopies will remain at $0.25 per copy.
January 5, 2011
The finding aid for records on permanent loan from Holy Family Parish is now available online. These records include information on Acolytes, Sodalities, and publications at Holy Family Parish in addition to tuition books for Holy Family School.
December 22, 2010
Links to the Carl Albert Center, the Dirksen Congressional Center, the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress, the Society of American Archivists' Congressional Papers Roundtable, and the Congressional Timeline created by the Dirksen Congressional Center have been added to the links page.
The item listing for the Autograph Collection is now available online. The autograph collection is comprised of items from several collections and includes autographed photographs, correspondence, clipped signatures, articles, playbills, and more from actors and actresses, political figures, authors, and religious figures. The oldest item in the collection is a page from a German Breviary with illuminated initials dated approximately 1400. The collection also includes letters from Bram Stoker, David Garrick, Edmund Kean, John Adams, and the Alexanders Dumas (both father and son).
The finding aid for the oral histories from Irish Immigrants to Chicago is now available online. These oral histories were conducted by William Corcoran in the course of his dissertation research and focus on Irish immigration to Chicago following World War II.
November 8, 2010
The Loyola University Chicago Archives and Special Collections welcomes new Archives Associate Ashley Howdeshell. Ashley received her MLS with a specialization in Archives and Records Management from Indiana University. Prior to joining Loyola she was a project archivist at Argonne National Laboratory.
Ashley can be contacted at email@example.com or 773-508-2660.
October 29, 2010
Finding aids are now available online for records from the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing including the following:
Office of the Dean records, 1965-1994 (bulk 1965-1974)
Office of the Dean - Julia Lane, Ph.D., records, 1964-1991 (bulk 1975-1991)
Golden Jubilee Celebration records, 1928-1985 (bulk 1984-1985)
October 26, 2010
Finding aids are now available online for the Kane collection and the . The Kane collection, which spans from 1829 to 1945, includes some of the earliest records and history of Loyola University as well as information on Jesuit history and local (mainly Chicago) Catholic history. The Martin Heidegger collection, approximately 1918 to 1976, consists of transcripts and photocopies of notes and manuscripts as well as a recording (record album) of a speech given by Heidegger.
October 5, 2010
A selected bibliography of articles and books written using the collections at the Loyola University Chicago Archives and Special Collections is now available. Click here for the bibliography.
July 26, 2010
The Loyola University Chicago Archives and Special Collections is pleased to announce that several titles from its collections have been digitized and added to the holdings of the Internet Archive. These volumes include the journal "Illinois Catholic Historical Review", Tourist's Guide to the Mississippi River (1866), Chicago, the Marvelous City of the West (1891), The Doomed City! Chicago During an Appalling Ordeal!..(1871), Chicago Magazine: The West as it is (1857), McVicker's Observanda (1891), History of Chicago (1876), and Chicago and Its Resources Twenty Years After, 1871-1891 (1892).
Click here for the Loyola University Chicago Archives and Special Collections page at the Internet Archive.
June 21, 2010
Bibliographies for the volumes, broadsides, and prints donated by Thomas and Jo-Ann Michalak are now available. The bibliography for the volumes list works by author with the illustrator of the work noted while the bibliography for the broadsides and prints lists works by artist.
The bibliography for volumes is available here.
The bibliography for broadsides and prints is available here.
May 11, 2010
The University Archives and Special Collections will be closed the following dates from May through August 2010:
June 9th, 17th, and 25th
July 2nd through July 9th
July 20th and 22nd
July 29th (9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)
August 10th through 13th
August 25th through 31st
Additional dates may be added as necessary.
April 15, 2010
The exhibit "19th Century British Caricature" is now on display in the Donovan Reading Room of Cudahy Library. This exhibit is based on the recent gift of Thomas (BS '63) and Jo-Ann Michalak of 19th century British caricature and satire books and prints. The exhibit highlights this recent gift as well as other gifts in this area. The introductory text, an introduction to caricature, was written by Steven Jones, Professor of English and Co-Director of the Center for Textual Studies. To date, the Loyola Archives and Special Collections has received 113 volumes and 50 prints from the Michalaks.
February 23, 2010
The Loyola University Archives and Special Collections, including the Congressional Archives, will be closed the following days during March as staff members work off-site at the Cuneo Mansion and Gardens.
March 3, 2010
March 8 - 12, 2010
The Archives and Special Collections will re-open on Monday, March 15th, at 8:00 a.m.
February 23, 2010
The Loyola University Chicago Archives and Special Collections is pleased to announce that the papers of Martin J. Svaglic, Ph.D., are now available. Svaglic taught in Loyola's English department from the late 1940s until 1983, when he retired. He was a leading authority on nineteenth-century literature, focusing specifically on John Henry Newman and the Oxford Movement. The Svaglic papers consist of 6.5 linear feet spanning the years 1930-1983 (bulk 1930-1969) and include correspondence, drafts, published articles, manuscripts, and lecture and research notes. Subjects include John Henry Newman, Charles Newman, Newman's Apologia Pro Vita Sua, 19th century literature, Tolstoy, Bernard Shaw, Loyola University Chicago, and Loyola's English Department.
April 24, 2009
The Loyola University Chicago Archives and Special Collections is pleased to announce that the papers of Robert C. Hartnett, S.J., are now available for use. Hartnett served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Loyola from 1956 to 1958 and as a professor of Political Science from 1958 to 1975. This collection consists of 6.75 linear feet of family records, correspondence, addresses and sermons, teaching materials, and publications, and was processed by Kate Elgayeva, a practicum student from Dominican University Graduate School of Library and Information Science.
April 7, 2009
The Alvo E. Albini papers are now open to researchers. Albini was the director of Public Relations at Loyola University Chicago from 1967 to 1983. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin (1940) and his master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism. The Albini papers consist of 8.33 linear feet spanning the years 1967 to 1994 and are mainly related to Albini's independent research and writing on Bento de Goes; Akbar, Emperor of Hindustan; and Abraham Lincoln, although some papers relate to his tenure as director of Public Relations at Loyola. The papers include photographs, correspondence, notes, writings, and audio cassettes. The Albini papers were processed by Michael Allen, an intern from Loyola's History department.
Lincoln: A Bicentennial Celebration
The south wall cases of the Donovan Reading Room celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday. Materials from the University Archives and rare book collection highlight the life of President Lincoln, the role of women during the civil war, and Civil War connections to Loyola. This exhibit is a collaboration between University Archives staff and Professor Theodore Karamanski of the History department
Selections from the Halstead and Autograph Collections
The north wall cases feature facsimiles of documents from the Autograph Collection and the Halstead Collection in addition to photographs of Washington, DC. landmarks. The documents are signed by Presidents John Adams, Franklin Pierce, Thomas Jefferson and John Q. Adams, and Secretary of State James Madison; and the correspondence is to and from Senator Matthew Hale Carpenter.
Where: Donovan Reading Room, Cudahy Library
When: Through the end of Spring Semester 2009