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University Archives & Special Collections

The Loyola University Chicago Archives & Special Collections are part of the Loyola University Libraries with the mission to collect and preserve the history of Loyola University Chicago and assist researchers in using the collections. The Archives & Special Collections hold over 8,500 linear feet of collections including Loyola records; Catholic collections; the papers of Samuel Insull and several of his employees and companies; faculty, staff, and alumni papers; and political papers. The rare book collection is also part of Special Collections and currently contains approximately 13,000 volumes with strengths in the areas of religion, philosophy, history, literature, and the history of medicine. Of particular note is the Edward A. Cudahy Jesuitica Collection, which includes a first edition of St. Ignatius Loyola's Spiritual Exercises as well as volumes on Jesuit missions and books by Jesuit scientists; the Charles A. Whittingham Chiswick Press collection; and the Michalak Collection, which includes the 19th century British satire and caricature collection and the Edward Gorey collection.

Our collections are open to all researchers. Visit us and see what you find at the archives.

October is Archives Month!


The Loyola Archives & Special Collections, including the Congressional Archives, will be hosting open houses from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM on the October 13th, 16th, 22nd, and 31st. Items from the collections will be on display and archivists will be available to answer your questions about the collections and what the department does.



The Loyola University Chicago Archives & Special Collections is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. We are closed on federal and university holidays.

The Archives will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the following Saturdays during 2014:

September 20th, October 18th, November 15th, and December 13th


The Archives will close at 3:30 p.m. on the following day:

Wednesday, December 3rd.


The Archives will be closed on the following days:


November 27th & 28th

December 24th, 25th, 26th, & 31st



January 1st & 2nd

April 3rd

May 25th

July 3rd

September 7th

November 26th & 27th

December 24th, 25th & 31st



January 1st


Loyola University Archives
Loyola University Chicago · Cudahy Library Room 218 · 1032 West Sheridan Road · Chicago, IL 60660
Phone:773.508.2661 · Fax: 773.508.2993

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