Loyola University Chicago

University Archives & Special Collections

Recent Acquisitions

October 1, 2018

18th century French manuscript of Jesuit School Drama

Recently an 18th century French manuscript containing 7 Jesuit plays and numerous poetic pieces was acquired for the Rare Book Collection. This manuscript contains 7 theatrical pieces composed in French and Latin as well as numerous poems by Voltaire and other writers. This volume was part of the library of the historian of French theater, Louis Cesar de La Baume Le Blanc, Duc de La Valliere, who published Bibliotheque du Theatre Francois in 1768. The text of several of the plays differs slightly from the published version. This volume could be a wonderful research piece for students of French history, theater history, and Jesuit history, among others.


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 digital versions of cartoons by the Chicago Tribune's renowned editorial cartoonist. Complementing the existing Michalak Collection of 19th century British caricature, the Stantis papers focuses on Chicago and Illinois politics but includes 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 strip, The Buckets was included in The 100 Best Comics of the Century, published in 1995. We are honored that Mr. Stantis has chosen the Loyola University Chicago Special Collections as the home of his papers.


June 25, 2014

St. Bernard Hospital records

Under a long-term agreement with the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph (RHSJ), Loyola's Archives & Special Collections will serve as the home for the historic records relating to the RHSJ community at St. Bernard Hospital, the historical records of the hospital, and the historica records of St. Bernard's School of Nursing. This agreement brings the historical relationship between Loyola and St. Bernard's full circle, as St. Bernard's School of Nursing was Loyola's first training school for nurses and the first directress of the School of Nursing, Sr. Helen Jarrell, RHSJ, was the director of St. Bernard's School of Nursing before starting the Nursing School at Loyola.

2011–2012 Acquisitions

Following are some of the collections received by Archives and Special Collections during 2011–2012:

  • Melville P. and Margaret H. Steinfels papers (75 lft)
  • R. A. Scotti papers (2.0 lft)
  • Health Sciences Library records (37.5 lft)
  • Suzanne Gossett papers (9 lft)
  • History of Medicine rare book collection (approximately 800 volumes)

2010–2011 Acquisitions

Among the papers and records received by the Loyola University Chicago Archives and Special Collections during 2010–2011 are:

  • Dr. Thomas Sheehan papers (19 lft) relating to his tenure at Loyola
  • Dr. Rosemarie Parse papers (40.5 lft)
  • Dental School records (145.5 l ft)
  • Insull papers addition from Barbara Baynes Mahoney (3.0 lft)
  • Grollig papers addition from the Museum of Anthropology at the University of Michigan (1.0 lft)
  • School of Social Work records (18.5 lft)

Cuneo Museum and Gardens records - This collection is no longer available. Consult archivist for information.

The Loyola University Chicago Archives and Special Collections recently received approximately 390 linear feet of records from the Cuneo Museum and Gardens as part of the gift of the house and grounds to Loyola University Chicago. These records include blueprints of the house and grounds; construction records; Cuneo family and business records; and records regarding the transition of the house and grounds into a museum. The records will be open on a rolling basis as each part is processed.

Michalak Collection

The Loyola University Chicago Archives and Special Collections is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Michalak Collection, an outstanding collection of broadsides and rare volumes highlighting saitre and caricature in 19th century Britain. Thomas J. Michalak (BS '63) assembled this collection featuring the work of illustrators George Cruikshank, Robert Cruikshank, Thomas Rowlandson, and John Leech in works by William Harrison Ainsworth, William Combe, George Crukshank, Charles Dickens, Charles Lever, and William Makepiece Thackeray. The collection includes first editions of The Loving Ballad of Lord Batemen (1839) by Dickens and Thackeray; Dombey and Sons (1848) by Dickens; A Mand Made of Money (1849) by Douglas Jerrold; Tom Burke of "Ours" (1843–1844) in parts by Lever, and Plain or Ringlets? (1860) by Robert Smith Surtees. In addition, the collection includes runs of Ainsworth's magazine (1842–1846), Bentley's Miscellany (1837–1839), Douglas Jerrold's Shilling Magazine (1846–1848), The Illuminated Magazine (1843–1845), and Short Stories from Bentley (1837–1841). The broadsides highlight the work of George Cruikshank, including several of his famous Napoleonic caricatures, Isaac Cruikshank, and James Gillray. Thomas and Jo-Ann Michalak have also established an endowment for the Special Collections of the Loyola University Chicago Libraries as part of their gift.