Archives at Home: University Archives and Special Collections Digital Resources

The Loyola University Archives may be closed, but there are plenty of resources online to help with your research needs. Learn about the digital collections, digital exhibits, and research help available from the Archives while staying at home

Though the archivists are away from the collections, we are still answering questions and inquiries to the best of our ability. Have a question? Use the Ask the Archivist form on our website.

Digital Collections

The Loyola University Chicago Digital Collections is home to the Loyola University Archives digitized collections. Here are the collections you will find available.

University Archives Photograph Collections: Photograph Collections from the University Archives and Special Collections

  • Loyola Academy: Established in 1909, Loyola Academy spent 48 years at Dumbach Hall on the Lake Shore Campus of Loyola University Chicago before moving to Wilmette, IL, in 1957. This digital collection shows students at the academy during these years.
  • Raymond V. Schoder, SJ Slide Collection:  The Schoder digital collection is a selection from the slides taken by Rev. Raymond V. Schoder, S.J., who taught in the Classical Studies department at Loyola University.
  • Thomas Dyba Photograph Collection: Photographs and negatives documenting student life at Loyola including athletics, Curtain Guild, and campus scenes taken by alum Thomas Dyba.
  • Loyola University Photograph Collections:  Images documenting the people, places, and events at Loyola Chicago.

University Archives: Records of enduring historical and administrative value including departmental records, administrative records, and records of student organizations of Loyola University Chicago.

  • Stritch Annual Award Dinner: Programs from the Annual Award Dinner held by the Stritch School of Medicine.
  • Blackacre:The student newspaper of the Loyola School of Law from 1967 through 2000.
  • Loyola Course Catalogs: Course catalogs and bulletins of St. Ignatius College and Loyola University Chicago.
  • Loyola University Chicago History: The Loyola History collections makes records reflecting the historical development of Loyola University Chicago accessible.
  • Loyola Commencement: Commencement programs listing graduates, faculty, university administration, and speakers.
  • Oral Histories: Initiated in 2006, this project is documenting the history of Loyola University Chicago through oral history interviews of administrators, staff, faculty, and alumni.
  • Loyola News and Loyola Phoenix:Loyola’s student newspaper was established in 1924. It ran under the name the Loyola News until 1969. The name was changed to the Loyola Phoenix in 1970.
  • University Newsletters: Newsletters from departments, schools, and student groups at Loyola University Chicago.

Rare Book Collection: The Rare Book Collection includes over 20,000 volumes and reflects the liberal arts foundation of Loyola.

  • Rare Book Collection: Items from the Loyola University Chicago Rare Book Collection.
  • Chiswick Press: Chiswick Press books from the Rare Book Collection, including items from the Charles A. Whittingham Chiswick Press collection.
  • Columbian Exposition: This collection highlights books and other items from the Loyola University Chicago Archives & Special Collections pertaining to the 1893 Columbian Exposition World’s Fair.
  • Jesuitica: Items from the Rare Book Collection written by or about the Society of Jesus.

Special Collections: Special Collections at Loyola is defined as the papers and records of individuals and organizations who are not necessarily affiliated with Loyola University Chicago.

  • Catholic Church Extension Society: Established in 1905 by Father Francis C. Kelley, the Catholic Church Extension Society provides funding and resources to dioceses and parishes in the United States that lack resources.
  • Century of Progress: The Century of Progress World’s Fair ran from 1933 through 1934 in Chicago. The images in this collection were taken by Samuel Insull, Jr.
  • Chicago:  Images of Chicago from collections at the Loyola University Chicago Archives & Special Collections.
  • Michalak Collection: The Michalak Collection features 19th century British satire and caricature in books and broadsides.
  • Holy Family Parish History: The history of Holy Family Parish (Chicago, IL) is highlighted through items from Loyola’s Special Collections.
  • Founding Fathers and Presidents: Items from the collections relating to the Founding Fathers and early Presidents.
  • Today: Today was a national Catholic magazine published by-monthly during the school year by CISCA (Chicago Interscholastic Catholic Action) an organization founded at Loyola during the 1920s.

Archdiocese of Oklahoma City – Bishop Francis C. Kelley Papers: Bishop Francis C. Kelley Papers were digitized by the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City to be hosted at Loyola University Chicago. Bishop Kelley’s Papers relate to the Catholic Church Extension Society Records which are located at Loyola University Chicago Archives and Special Collections.

Digitized yearbooks and student publications can be found at

Looking for something you saw on one of Loyola’s websites? The Archives has been maintaining an archive of Loyola University Chicago websites since 2014. 

Digital Exhibits

Digital exhibits created using the collections on a variety of topics can be found here and

Be sure to check our website for updates and follow our social media accounts for the latest additions to the digital collections!



And if you have any questions, please feel free to use the Ask the Archivist form or send an email to

Be well and stay safe, Ramblers!

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