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University Archives

The University Archives chronicle UD’s development into a top Catholic and Marianist institution of higher learning from 1850 to the present by managing, preserving and promoting the use of materials such as:

Additional special collections highlight sports, the arts, politics and the pursuits of UD alumni through rare prints, drawings, photographs, maps, art objects and audiovisual recordings. The eclectic rare books collection includes manuscripts as well as early and limited-edition books.

Visitors are welcome; appointments are recommended. The reading room includes three round tables, seating for 11 and a copy machine. 


University Archives, Special Collections and Rare Books

Albert Emanuel Hall, Room 212


Sharing with the Community

Bing Davis' pursuit to disseminate knowledge, give back to the community and inspire creativity is evident in his papers, currently being processed in University Archives.

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Hands-On History

University Libraries faculty and staff engage students, instructors, alumni and the community with archives, special collections and rare books through the library’s instruction program, tours, displays and more.

Donating Materials

You are a part of the University of Dayton’s rich history. Your story — and the items you kept from your time here — have enduring value in the University Archives. 

Were you in a campus club or on an athletic team? Did you witness an event or attend a concert on campus? Did you study abroad or go on a mission trip? 

Your experiences can be preserved and shared in meaningful ways through:

  • Photographs: originals, copies, scans or digital
  • Postcards
  • Maps
  • Organizational newsletters and scrapbooks
  • Posters and flyers
  • Memorabilia
  • Mementos and other items from religious celebrations on campus
  • Letters, playbills, programs and event keepsakes

With every donated collection, University Archives will:

  • Review your material
  • Create an inventory so your item or collection can be easily discovered and used
  • Follow best practices to preserve physical and digital materials
  • Where appropriate, promote collections through our website and use them in classes, online exhibits and/or public events

Please contact University Archives to discuss a donation.