The University's archives chronicle its development into a top Catholic and Marianist institution of higher learning. Materials date from 1850, when St. Mary’s Institute was founded as a grammar school for boys, to the present. The archives include records created by University offices, departments, and centers; records of student organizations; University publications; faculty and alumni papers; student theses and dissertations; and photographs and audiovisual recordings.
Located on the second floor of Albert Emanuel Hall, the University Archives is open to the public Monday-Friday from
8:30 - noon and 1 - 4:30 p.m. Researchers may use materials in the reading room.
212 Albert Emanuel Hall
For donations and transfer of University records:
211 Albert Emanuel Hall
Email the University Archives
University Archives and Special Collections
The University Libraries’ special book and archival collections are located in the University Archives and Special Collections. The eclectic Rare Books Collection includes manuscripts and early and limited edition books. Additional special collections highlight sports, the arts, politics, and the pursuits of UD alumni. These collections contain rare prints, drawings, photographs, maps, art objects, and audiovisual recordings.
University Archives and Special Collections is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 - noon and 1 - 4:30 p.m. It is located at 212 Albert Emanuel Hall. For inquiries or to schedule a research appointment, email the University Archives and Special Collections or call 937-229-4256.
US Catholic Collection
The U.S. Catholic Collection preserves records of the Catholic Church and Catholic life in the United States and supports the University’s new doctoral program in Religious Studies focusing on the U.S. Catholic experience. This newly established collection shows the commitment of the University of Dayton to the history and heritage of the Catholic Church in the United States and its intellectual and popular traditions. The collection is located on the 3rd floor of Roesch Library.
The collection is comprehensive and includes retrospective and contemporary works in different languages, formats and media, as well as objects used by American Catholics in their religious practice. The collection is strong on official church documents, theology, religious orders active in the United States, school textbooks, biographies, and books and serials used or published by various Catholic immigrant groups.
The U.S. Catholic Collection is open Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. and by appointment. To schedule an appointment, ask at the Circulation Desk in Roesch Library or contact Nicoletta Hary, Ph.D., Curator of Rare Books, at 937-229-4262.
For information about archival materials in the collection, please contact Colleen Hoelscher, Archivist and Collections Librarian for the U.S. Catholic Collection, at 937-229-1347.
For information about the Ph.D. in Theology program, contact by email the Department of Religious Studies or call 937-229-4321.
Whether you’re seeking to relive a campus memory or acquire a unique gem to enrich your research, start your path to discovery at Digital@UDayton. Search through our steadily growing collection of photographs, yearbooks, Marian and Catholic art, campus history and special research collections. You can even view many of our multi-dimensional objects from all angles using the View360 feature.
Our digital collections will give you a glimpse of what makes the University of Dayton truly unique.