Archives & Manuscripts


The Archives & Manuscripts unit of Special Collections collects and preserves the archives, papers, manuscripts, and records of Saint Louis University and its associated faculty, staff, and students. These materials reflect the rich educational, historical, religious, and cultural heritage of Saint Louis University and of the St. Louis area. We also collect materials of significant research value representing individuals and institutions outside the university. Collections may be browsed individually below or searched collectively.

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Archives & Manuscripts consists of the following collection areas:

  • Saint Louis University Archives
    Collections that constitute the historical record of Saint Louis University from its beginnings in 1818 to the present day.

    • University Records and Artifacts
      Selected non-active administrative records, documents, and other materials of enduring historical value representing Saint Louis University. Current administrative records are maintained by their appropriate offices. Public access to university records may be limited depending on the nature of the material. Student records after 1920 are maintained by the Office of the University Registrar.
    • University Faculty/Alumni Papers and Manuscripts
      Academic or personal papers of faculty members and select alumni documenting their service to Saint Louis University. Outstanding collections include the papers of Walter J. Ong, S.J., and James B. Macelwane, S.J.
    • University Publications
      Archived copies of publications issued by Saint Louis University and by associated student groups such as university yearbooks, course catalogs, newspapers, histories, etc. Consult the library's catalog for individual titles or digital collections for online copies.
    • Saint Louis University Dissertations and Theses
      Original copies of doctoral dissertations and master's theses do not circulate but are available for consultation in the Archives and Rare Books reading room. Browse the library's catalog for individual titles. Archives staff are not permitted to reproduce dissertations or theses. Please contact Archives staff with any questions.

  • Personal and Institutional Papers and Manuscripts
    Collections of papers and manuscripts from individuals and institutions not associated with Saint Louis University.
  • Image Collections
    Still and moving images that have been organized into individual collections or that are associated with other collections. For medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, see the Knights of Columbus Vatican Film Library.


Department of Special Collections, Pius XII Memorial Library, Saint Louis University 3650 Lindell Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63108