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University Archives and Special Collections

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

Established in 1937, the mission of the Loyola University Chicago Archives & Special Collections is to serve as the University’s institutional memory by collecting, preserving, and making accessible the history of Loyola University Chicago, and as an educational resource for the Loyola community and beyond by providing unique collections in the areas of rare books, Chicago history, Catholic history, 20th century business, satire, Edward Gorey, Jesuit educators, entertainment history, politics, history of Medicine, and history of the Book, among others, for study and teaching. Today the Loyola Archives & Special Collections holds over 15,656 linear feet of archival collections from the 19th through the 21st centuries and 20,500 rare books from the 12th through 21st centuries.

Digital collections are provided as a courtesy to researchers in order to provide greater access to archival and special collections. These materials represent only a small portion of the total collection.

University Archives and Special Collections website:


Digital Collections Links

University Archives Collections

University Archives Photograph Collections

Rare Books Collection

Special Collections

Dan Rostenkowski (D-IL) Collection

Henry J. Hyde (R-IL) Collection

The Bishop Francis C. Kelley Papers from the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City Collection



Kathy Young, MLIS, MS, CA
University Archivist, Curator of Rare Books
Phone: 773.508.2661

Ashley Howdeshell, MLS, CA
Assistant University Archivist
Phone: 773.508.2660


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