Archives and Special Collections

The Archives and Special Collections at Saint Joseph's University is responsible for the collection, maintenance, and preservation of university materials in an effort to keep them as part of this institution's historical record. 

The Archive Collection consists of 536 linear feet of departmental records, photographs, manuscripts dating back to the university's founding, university publications (including the student newspaper, The Hawk), university memorabilia, and newspaper clippings that record the ever evolving intellectual and physical landscape of the university.

Special Collections consists of a variety of rare and unique books.  Most materials under the care of the unit are available for use within the library;  however, some materials may require supervision by library personnel.

Dedication of Barbelin Hall

Jesuitica   Jesuitica Collection

The Hawk Digital Archive 

Digital Archive (1930-2002)

Finding aid for the papers of former congressman and ambassador Thomas M. Foglietta

Historical Photographs of Saint Joseph's University

Who Was Francis A. Drexel?

Scholarship @ SJU

Scholarship @ SJU is a repository for the scholarship of Saint Joseph's University. The Library administers this site to preserve and showcase the intellectual and creative achievements of the Saint Joseph's University community and to foster scholarly communication and research.


Learn more about the Saint John's Bible Heritage Edition @ Saint Joseph's University

Barbelin Hall  

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  • Monday through Friday between the hours of  10am and 4pm.  Requests for specific materials can be made at the Main Library Service Desk during these hours. 
  • Research questions can be asked in person, or can be sent via e-mail to
  • Phone requests will also be taken at (610) 660-1953.  When leaving a message, please leave your name, phone number where you can be reached, and a brief message concerning your research request.

Christopher O. Dixon
Archival Research Librarian
Saint Joseph's University 

Saint Joseph's University
Post Learning Commons and Drexel Library
5600 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131
610) 660-1953