The University of St. Francis Library Archives is responsible for identifying, collecting, organizing, describing, preserving and making available for research and reference those records of the University that are of sufficient historical, legal, fiscal or administrative value to warrant permanent preservation. The Archives collects the inactive records of administrative, academic and student organizations, items of significance to the University's history and that of its founding congregation, and other special collections of materials as befit the mission of the Library.
The University of St. Francis Library Archives is open to the public and all records can be viewed by students, faculty, staff, alumni and outside researchers, but materials may not be removed from the archives. Records in the USF Archive are unique, rare, or of greater value than materials in the general library collection. These unique materials require special handling and preservation measures in order to continue to make the materials available for use. Any limitations on access are in place to balance user needs and preservation efforts so that archival materials will continue to be available to future researchers.
Visit the USF Library Archives Blog for news and notes about the Archives, and to view featured items from the collection.
Finding aids have been prepared to describe and facilitate use of the collections in the USF Library Archives. These finding aids include an abstract about the collection, administrative information, scope and content notes, keywords and a container listing. Hard copies of these finding aids are available for research use in the Archives Reading Room on the 2nd floor of the USF Library or you can access them through the finding aids page.
The USF Library Archive has a number of digital collections available for viewing online. These collections contain materials from the Archives that have been organized and described to increase ease of access for patrons unable to visit the Archives in person. Visit the Online Collections page for a listing and description of all the available collections.
The USF Library has several Special Collections that contain materials separate from the general collections. These collections, with the exception of the Barbara A. Cooke Musical Theatre Collection, can be found in the Archives Reading Room.
The Archives is located on the second floor of the USF Library, adjacent to the Academic Resource Center (ARC) offices.
If you would like to set up an appointment or class session, please fill out the Appointment Request Form.
If you have University Records you'd like to permanently transfer to the Archives, please download and fill out the Records Transfer Form.
University of St. Francis Library Archives
600 Taylor Street
Joliet, IL 60345
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Monday through Friday: 9 am - 5 pm CST or by appointment