Loyola University Chicago

University Archives & Special Collections

About Us

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

The University Archives serves as the institutional memory of Loyola University Chicago with the mission to collect, preserve, organize, describe, and make available university records of enduring historical value. Special Collections includes archival collections relating to Samuel Insull, Congressmen Dan Rostenkowski and Henry J. Hyde, Catholic history, Jesuit educators, and Chicago entertainment. Special Collections is also the home of Loyola's Rare Book Collection, which is particularly strong in the areas of Jesuitica, American and British history, literature and drama, and religion and theology. Of particular note in the collection are the Edward A. Cudahy Jesuitica collection, the Charles A. Whittingham Chiswick Press collection, the Michalak 19th century British Satire and Caricature collection, the Charles A. Keely Book History collection, and the Edward Gorey collection.  Today the Loyola University Chicago Archives & Special Collections holds over 8,500 linear feet of archival collections and 14,000 rare books.



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

Appointments are required.

Please contact Kathy Young, University Archivist, at kyoung3@luc.edu or Ashley Howdeshell, Assistant University Archivist, at ahowdeshell@luc.edu to make an appointment.

Congressional Archives

Please contact Kathy Young at 773-508-2661 or kyoung3@luc.edu for inquiries about the Dan Rostenkowski and Henry Hyde papers or to make an appointment to use the papers.


University Archives & Special Collections will be closed on the following days:



  • March 30                   (Good Friday)
  • May 28                      (Memorial Day)
  • July 4                        (Independence Day)
  • September 3              (Labor Day)
  • November 22 & 23      (Thanksgiving)
  • December 24 & 25      (Christmas)
  • December 31              (New Year's Eve)


  • January 1                  (New Year's Day)