Noteworthy Collections


Saint Joseph's University Archives

A collection of institutional and organizational records of Saint Joseph’s University dating from 1851-2019, consisting of photographs, correspondence, documents, memorabilia, scrapbooks and yearbooks which document and evidence the history of the administrative and academic units and activities of SJU’s administration, faculty, staff and students. A finding aid describes the collection and provides a container-level inventory.

Old Saint Joseph’s Church (OSJ) Collection (Parish Archives)

Housed in the Library for OSJ are papers, books, objects, photographs, and other materials related to the history of the church, the Jesuits and Catholicism in Philadelphia and neighboring areas, including sacramental records dating back to 1758.

Saint John's Bible Heritage Edition @ Saint Joseph's University

The Saint John’s Bible is the first completely hand written and illuminated Bible to have been commissioned by a Benedictine Abbey in the more than 500 years since the invention of the printing press. The Heritage Edition is a fine art reproduction of the original hand-crafted version. Saint John’s Abbey limited publication to 299 sets of which the University’s is number 60.

Dr. Thomas M. Keefe American Popular Culture Collection

Old time radio shows, jazz, big band, easy listening, and other music genres dating from the 1930s on that have had widespread influence within both United States and international societies

Thomas M. Foglietta Collection

Papers of the late congressman and ambassador to Italy, and graduate of SJU’s class of 1949

Martin I.J. Griffin Papers

Papers documenting part of the writing, research, and biography of Martin I.J. Griffin (1842-1911), an avid contributor to the documentation of Catholic history.  A finding aid describes the collection and provides a container-level inventory.

Rev. Donald I. MacLean, S.J., Papers

Papers dating from 1970-1988 of the late Jesuit who worked as a professor, laboratory researcher, and university administrator

Jesuitica Collection

Material objects related to the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) including books published between the 16th and 21st centuries, unpublished manuscripts, correspondence, engravings, broadsheets, coins, medals, and relics

Saint Joseph’s University Faculty Authors

Print books and articles authored by University faculty members

Saint Joseph’s University Press

Books published by the University Press



The Hawk Digital Archive

The Saint Joseph's University student newspaper beginning with 1930

The Greatonian (SJU Yearbooks)

Historical Photographs of Saint Joseph's University

Several thousand photographs related to the University's history, dating from 1890 to 1999

Who Was Francis A. Drexel?

Brief biography of Francis Anthony Drexel, 19th century Philadelphia banker, philanthropist, and father of Saint Katharine Drexel; SJU was a beneficiary of his benevolence and the Library was named  for him.