To celebrate American Archives Month in October, the Benedictine University Archives will host its second annual Open Archives: Discovering Hidden Treasures event. All campus students, staff, and faculty are invited to this open house event on Thursday, October 9th from 11:30 a.m. –1:30 p.m. in the Benedictine University IdeaLounge (Kindlon 2nd floor). The event will feature the opportunity to see and handle photographs and artifacts from the university's history as well as highlights from the rare book collection dating back to the 16th century. Light refreshments will be served. For questions related to this event, contact Archivist & Special Collections Librarian Julie Wroblewski at firstname.lastname@example.org or x6064.
The Benedictine University Archives collect, preserve, and make accessible those materials that record and exhibit the history and life of Benedictine University and its campuses in Lisle, IL, Springfield, IL, and Mesa, AZ. Also included are the records of the campuses' previous incarnations as Illinois Benedictine College, St. Procopius College, Springfield College in Illinois, and Springfield Junior College.
Collections include documents, photographs, media, and artifacts associated with the school and surrounding area. In addition, the archives contain non-Benedictine materials that support or relate to the school's programs of study. Our rare book collection includes volumes dating to the 1500s, including theological and scientific texts, local history, European history, geography, and Czech language volumes.
Our collections are available for research not only to the Benedictine University community, but also the greater community.