Archives & Special Collections

Open book in archivesArchives & Special Collections offers a range of services to the Universities, and broader research community.

  • Acquires, preserves, and provides access to primary source materials from Loyola, Notre Dame, and the Loyola Notre Dame Library; provides digital access to selected items and collections
  • Supports the teaching missions of the institutions
  • Responds to reference requests and assists with research of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and unaffiliated scholars
  • Collaborates with faculty to incorporate primary-source material(s) into the curriculum
  • Mounts physical and electronic exhibitions
  • Participates in university special projects and capstone events
  • Sponsors lectures and outreach programs
  • Consults on the management and disposition of University records

Research Services

Requests are responded to on a first come, first serve basis. Researchers are provided up to four hours of research support per request. If additional research is required, the Archivist may pull materials for you to perform your own research. In general, allow a lead time of four to six weeks for research requests. 

Projects must be discussed with the Archivist to understand needs and deadlines. Allow a lead time of six weeks for larger projects. If materials need to be sent out-of-house for digitization (due to large size or unusual format), associated fees must be paid by the requestor of the materials. 

Collaboration with Faculty for Instruction

Faculty are encouraged to schedule a consultation with the Archivist at least six weeks prior to the class visit to discuss educational goals. The Archivist will then confirm that there are primary-source material(s) that align with educational goals. The Archivist and faculty will then develop a research plan that accomplishes these goals. 

Records Management and Transfer of Materials 

The Archives collects and manages inactive records of enduring value for the Universities. The Archives collects materials in a variety of formats including analog and digital. For assistance in this area, email the Archivist at with a descriptive inventory of items. The Archivist will work with you to arrange the safe transfer of materials.