Archives and Records Management

Archives and Records Management


The Department of Archives & Digital Services 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 using the link to the left of this page, or searched collectively via the search box directly below.

Collection Overview

Archives & Digital Services consists of the following collection areas:

  • St. Louis University Archives: collections that constitute the historical record of St. 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.
    • St. 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 the University
  • Image Collections: still and moving images that have been organized into individual collections or that are associated with other collections

Digital Collections