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About this collection

The Saint Louis University Historical Records Collection from the University Archives of SLU Libraries Special Collections contains archives and manuscripts dating from 1639 to 1966. This digital collection will eventually include all 33 series in the Archival Collection. The first series to be digitized are composed of items related to library administration and student activities with the inclusion of documents encompassing various Catholic institutions besides St. Louis University.

This collection is comprised of records, manuscripts, ephemera, etc. and produced more or less during the first century of the University community, which includes the school itself, St. Francis Xavier (College) Church, and the Jesuits responsible for them both.  Along with the University Scrapbooks, this collection represents the preponderance of primary sources relating to the nineteenth- and early twentieth-century history of Saint Louis University.

The 33 series are:

  1. Consultors and Trustees
  2. Jesuitica, 1639-1940
  3. Prefect Diaries, 1851-1894
    • These diaries, kept by the University prefects, detail daily life at the school among students and Jesuits.
  4. Post-Graduate Course, 1879-1886
  5. Medical-Dental Schools, 1836-1927
  6. Library, 1836-1940
    • Covers the original campus at 9th and Washington as well as the Du Bourg Hall phases of the University Library.
  7. Museum, 1837-1929
  8. Gonzaga Hall, 1910-1926
  9. St. Francis Xavier (College) Church, 1840-1941
  10. Student Compositions, 1863-1955
  11. Literary Exercises and Commencement, 1838-1951
  12. Organizations
  13. Dramatics, 1843-1938
  14. Lousiana Purchase Exposition (World's Fair), 1820-1904
  15. Meteorological Records
  16. National Defense (World War II), 1940-1941
  17. Student Records, 1851-1944
  18. Alumni Records, 1828-1916
  19. Financial Records, 1839-1938
  20. Real Estate, 1771-1913
  21. Legal Documents, 1838-1943
  22. Certificates, 1871-1952
  23. Correspondence, 1845-1965
  24. Diaries, 1833-1882
  25. Ephemera, 1829-1947
  26. Historical Accounts, 1832-1966
  27. Letter Books, 1834-1885
  28. Lists, 1878-1879
  29. Notes, 1828-1879
  30. Publications, 1923-1941
  31. Reports, c.1861
  32. Speeches, 1882-c.1930
  33. Non-Saint Louis University Historical Records, 1827-1881

The Historical Records Collection is an ongoing project. Additional materials are continually being digitized and added to the collection, so please check back often for updates.

This project has been created through the cooperation of the University Libraries Digitization Center and Special Collections.

Saint Louis University provides access to these materials for educational research purposes only. For materials protected by copyright, permission to publish must be obtained from the respective copyright holder. For Saint Louis University publications, permission must be sought from Saint Louis University.

 
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