Special Collections and University Archives

The mission of the Department of Special Collections and University Archives is to collect, arrange, describe, preserve, and service records of enduring historical value for research, instructional, and administrative use. The archival and manuscript collecting program of the department is an extension of the spiritual, philosophical, and scholarly strengths of the university as a Christian, Catholic, and Jesuit institution.

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    New in Tolkien: Hobbit First Edition
    A rare first edition of The Hobbit is now part of our extensive Tolkien collection.  
  • Detail from Lahontan Engraving
    New: Travels in the Early Midwest
    A 1703 English translation of Baron de Lahontan’s New Voyages to North America joins our Rare Book Collection.  
  • Marquette University History Online
    MU History Online
    Access thousands of images and texts documenting the history of the university.  

Native America

small photo identifying the Native America Collections

Rare Book

Engraving identifying the Rare Book Collections


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J.R.R. Tolkien

small photo of J.R.R. Tolkien identifying the Tolkien Collection

Dorothy Day
Catholic Worker

small photo of Dorothy Day identifying the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker Collection


small photo identying the Women's History Collection


small photo of a campus building identifying the University History Collections

A-Z Collection

small photo of storage boxes identifying the A to Z Checklist of Collections