University Archives and Special Collections is home to 8,178 + linear feet of institutional and manuscript collections and over 12,600 rare books. Institutional and manuscript collections include records from the University’s administration, College of Arts and Sciences, and the papers of faculty members; the papers of Samuel Insull and related collections; Jesuit educators; and the records of Catholic organizations.
These records are divided between administration and academic affairs. It contains brief administrative histories and finding aids detailing records for offices. Administration records include the office of the president, vice presidents (ex. Student Affairs, Mission and Ministry), Board of Trustees, etc. Academic Affairs records include all colleges and schools. Finding aids for the collections of faculty members can be found both with their respective school or department under Academic Affairs as well as on the faculty collections page under manuscript collections.
The manuscript collections focus on the following areas: Samuel Insull and related collections; Catholic organizations; Jesuit educators; entertainment arts; faculty collections; and additional collections not fitting in one of the other subject area.
The oral history collections focus on the following areas: Loyola University Chicago; Latinos in Chicago; Irish immigrants to Chicago; and Chicago Public School teachers. Not all interviews are transcribed and some restrictions may apply. Please contact the University Archivist for details if interested in using any of these collections.
The photograph collections focus on Loyola University Chicago; missions and churches supported by the Catholic Church Extension Society; and ancient Greek and Roman sites.