Find university documents, special collections and a wide variety of online, digitized resources.
The University Archives provides access to documents pertaining to the history of St. Catherine University, including its early years as both a high school and college. There are also records of St. Mary's School of Nursing and St. Mary's Junior College. The University Archives includes:
Supplementing this is a collection of realia of historical interest, some of which are also a tangible record of faculty travel. Realia given or willed to St. Kate's from personal collections are incorporated into the Archives.
Some specific online materials include:
The St. Catherine University Archives and Special Collections collects and preserves University documents and other materials of enduring value, and makes them available for research and institutional use.
Materials in the University Archives serve as the institutional memory of the University, documenting its history. Materials in the Special Collections supplement the Archives, and reflect the University's tradition of women's leadership and Catholic social teaching.
The Hurley Collection is named as a memorial for Sister Jeanne d'Arc Hurley, CSJ, a former St. Catherine University faculty member. Catherine and Maracella Hurley gave the collection to honor their sister. The collection is comprised primarily of miniature books. It also contains some rare books and books illustrating various styles of printing.
The Sister Antonia McHugh Collection contains works of literary merit which have been autographed. Works of local authors and/or authors connected with St. Kate's are emphasized.
The Evelyn Goodrow Mitsch Collection is a gift of the Mitsch family through the eldest son, given in memory of their mother. It is a collection of orientalia, including books and scrapbooks on China and Japan, as well as examples of Mrs. Mitsch's work as an artist and brush writer. The collection is housed in two cases, also gifts of the family.
The Florence and Alfred Muellerleile Collection is comprised of books collected by Mr. Muellerleile, a master printer, publisher, and president and owner of North Central Publishing. Included are books on printing and on printers, both old and modern, and a collection of Christmas editions. Also in the collection are rare and precious Bibles and incunabula.
This is collection of children's books. It includes a nearly complete set of Ruth Sawyer's own writings as well as her correspondence.
When Georgiana Slade Reny gave St. Kate's her mother's collection of rare books, it was decided to name the entire collection after her mother, Charlotte Hill Slade. The Slade Collection contains examples of fine binding, printing, orientalia, first and limited editions, children's horn books, and many older works. Also included are gifts from miscellaneous donors, including art books from Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Niemeyer. A highlight of the Slade collection is a group of one hundred and thirty-five first editions of Anthony Trollope's novels, including eleven signed presentation copies.
In our Digital Collections you can find:
We have contributed to other collections outside of St. Kate's.
Use and access to the Archives and Special Collections is restricted to the University community and those who have a legitimate purpose for using the collections, such as scholarly research. Materials do not circulate or otherwise leave the premises unless permission is given by the Archivist.
Go to our Visiting the Collections page for more information about policies, reproduction of materials, and myser research grants.
The purpose of records management at the University is to ensure that:
Records management applies to all records regardless of format, whether in paper, electronic, or other media.
For more information on policies, forms to use, frequently asked questions, and transferring records, visit our Records Management page.