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Special Collections and Archives Collections

Special Collections and Archives is a gateway for research utilizing rich primary source materials, unpublished documents, rare and specialized books, maps, graphic materials, and three-dimensional objects. While DePaul Special Collections and Archives administers four collection areas detailed below, there are complementary strengths among the collections, and researchers are free to request and view materials from any of these collections.

Finding Aids and Guides

  • Community Archives
  • DePaul University Archives
  • Rare Books and Maps
  • Vincentian Collections

Community Archives

Community Archives

Collections from individuals and organizations with ties to Lincoln Park, social justice, the Catholic Left, and women's and community advocacy organizations are found in this collection. The tabs in the linked research guide are general categories for the collections, and each collection offers a diverse array of formats and subjects better explained by reading individual finding aids.

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DePaul University Archives

DePaul University Archives

Special Collections and Archives houses the official archives of DePaul University. These are materials (photographs, papers, reports, correspondence, etc.) of enduring historical value to the University that span three centuries, from the founding of St. Vincent’s college in the 1890s to emails and documents produced today. Research about DePaul’s institutional history, as well as the legacy of faculty, staff, and students can be conducted with these materials. There is a natural overlap between Lincoln Park materials held in the Community Archives with the DePaul University Archives materials that show the planning, growth and development of the Lincoln Park campus.

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Rare Books and Maps

Rare Books and Maps

More than 12,000 books and hundreds of maps spanning six centuries are housed in Special Collections, and can be identified by using the library catalog. As an aid to researchers, bibliographies of our collection strengths are available on the linked research guide. The book and map collections complement the archival collections, but there are also distinctive niche areas within the book collections, including book arts, 18th and 19th century literature, Irish studies, the Napoleonic Era, and travel and exploration.

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Vincentian Collections

Vincentian Collections

The Vincentian Collections include archives, books, and maps relating to the history and legacy of St. Vincent de Paul and the religious orders he founded and influenced. The DeAndreis-Rosati Memorial Archives includes correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, and records from parishes, schools, seminaries and individuals about the educational, mission and organizational work of the Western Province of the Congregation of the Mission (the Vincentian order). Book and map holdings range from items available to St. Vincent de Paul during his lifetime (1581-1660), titles published before 1818 and brought from Europe to the United States by the first Vincentians to found a seminary near St. Louis, and more contemporary scholarship relating to the Vincentian Studies Institute.

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