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Archives + Special Collections

What We Do

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

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 and 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.

For all inquiries regarding student records, please contact the Office of the Registrar at [email protected] or (630) 829-6349.

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Our Collections + Archives

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

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  • 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
See our Finding Aids for detailed information about our archival collections