Archives & Special Collections 

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What We Do

The mission of the Benedictine University Archives is to collect and preserve materials which record and exhibit the history and life of the university.

In order to achieve this, we appraise, collect, organize, describe, and provide access to materials of historical, legal, fiscal, and/or administrative value to the university. We serve research and scholarship by assisting and encouraging the use of the archives and special collections by members of the Benedictine community as well as the community at large, and promote knowledge and understanding of the school's origins, programs, and goals.

The Archives and Special Collections are open to members of the Benedictine University community and to the public.

Our Collections

Our collections consist of those materials that record and exhibit the history and life of Benedictine University and its campuses in Lisle, Illinois, Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. 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.

Check the Finding Aids page for detailed descriptions of our archival collections. Materials in the archives include, but are not limited to:

  • University publications
  • Photographs
  • Audiovisual materials
  • Faculty meeting minutes
  • Student organization records
  • Board of Trustees meeting minutes
  • Presidential correspondence and records
  • Departmental records
  • Faculty papers and publications
  • Alumni Papers and publications
  • Artifacts

Our special collections include volumes dating from the 16th century through the 21st century on a range of topics including:

  • Theology
  • Science
  • Local history
  • European History
  • Geography
  • Czech language volumes

Kindlon Hall - Lower Level 029
Monday-Friday - 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Phone: (630) 829-6064

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