Archives and Special Collections


The Archives and Special Collections collects, maintains, preserves, and provides access to university records and materials of enduring administrative and historical and community value, in an effort to keep them as part of the institution's historical record. Materials are housed in closed areas that are only accessible to staff members; they cannot be checked out but may be used in our reading rooms. Access to materials may be restricted by condition of gift or deposit, because of their physical condition, or for other reasons.

The Archives Collection consists of departmental records, photographs, manuscripts, University publications (including The Hawk student newspaper, yearbooks, and course catalogs), University memorabilia, and newspaper clippings that record the ever evolving intellectual and physical landscape of the University.

Special Collections consists of a variety of rare and unique books. Most materials under the care of the unit are available for use within the library. However, there are some materials that may require supervision by archives/special collections personnel.


Quick Links

Noteworthy Collections
Overview of archival and special collections at SJU

The Hawk Digital Archive
The Saint Joseph’s University student newspaper 1930-2015

Historical Photographs of Saint Joseph’s University
Highlights from 1890 to 1999

Who Was Francis A. Drexel?
Brief biography of Francis Anthony Drexel, father of Saint Katharine Drexel; Library was named for him

History of Barbelin Hall
Article tracing early history of the college using Barbelin Hall as a focal point