Archives and Special Collections

Open book in archivesThe Archives and Special Collections department acquires, preserves, and makes accessible unique and distinctive collections that serve the research needs of our two universities and the broader research community. The department houses the archives of Loyola University Maryland and Notre Dame of Maryland University, manuscript materials and special collections, and a rare book collection.

Archives and Special Collections provides research and instruction services, consults with both universities on the transfer of records with enduring historical value to the archives, and conducts a variety of outreach activities, including exhibits, open houses, lectures, and other events.

Our collections are open to all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the general public.

Research Services

Special Researcher Access Notice: 
In order to limit the spread of COVID-19, the Archives and Special Collections Research Room is available to students, faculty, and staff of Loyola University Maryland and Notre Dame of Maryland University by appointment only. Archives staff continue to provide services online during normal business hours: Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm.

Our rare book collection is searchable through Seeker. To limit your search to items in LNDL Special Collections, use the catalog's advanced search interface limited to our location and select "Special Collections" in the Location dropdown menu. Collection guides for archives and manuscript collections can be searched in ArchivesSpace. Once you have found materials you would like to see, contact Archives and Special Collections to view them in our reading room.

Our staff can provide research assistance for all users. If a question requires more than an hour of staff time, we may suggest that the researcher arrange for an on-site visit to conduct research.

Collaboration with Faculty for Instruction

Archives and Special Collections welcomes faculty and students to work with our collections in support of their teaching and learning. We can engage with classes in a variety of ways: by giving an introduction to archives and primary source research, by identifying relevant collections for your class to explore, or through other interactions and projects tailored to your students’ learning objectives.

Records Management and Transfer of Materials 

Archives and Special Collections acquires and preserves inactive records of enduring historical value for Loyola University Maryland and Notre Dame of Maryland University. For assistance in this area, contact us at to discuss the records you have. We will work with you to determine which records should be transferred to the archives and to arrange the safe transfer of materials.