Archives and Special Collections

Contact Information and Hours:

Anna Clarkson

Head Archives and Special Collections

Telephone: 410-617-6868

Mailing Address:

200 Winston Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21212


Closed this summer.
Contact Lorena Martinez,
Administrative Assistant,

Loyola Alumni Memorial Chapel

Welcome to the Archives and Special Collections Department.  Here are located the archives of Loyola University Maryland and the Notre Dame of Maryland University, the manuscript and special book collections and a general collection of rare and antiquarian books.

Archives and Special Collections supports the needs, projects, and goals of the two institutional communities.  And for students in particular there are opportunities here to hone primary research skills and experience the challenges and excitement of delving into the historical documents while making history themselves.

The materials are interesting and relevant.  For example, there are substantial holdings which document the history of higher education -  from the Jesuit prospective on the Loyola campus and that of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, founders of the Notre Dame of Maryland University, the first four-year Catholic women’s college in the country.  For those with an interest in legal  matters, the archives of both institutions contain in depth files of landmark court cases - to which both were parties - that sought to challenge the validity of their institutional non-sectarianism in determining their eligibility for government funding. 

The strong focus on the teaching of mathematics and the sciences and on theatre in both institutions from the beginning is also well documented, in text and imagery.  Text and images relating to athletics, special events  and commencements, and the student publications,  among so many other materials of note– all are accessible for research, general interest and enjoyment for both institutional communities.  Visiting scholars and researchers are assisted here as well.

Sister Alma McNichols, S.S.N.D. and Joyce Leiden (Class of 1965) in Notre Dame Biology Lab

Rare and antiquarian books with their gold stamped leather bindings, various type faces, wood cuts, etchings and other graphics and the Henry and  Marian Knott Fore-Edge Painting Collection (the second largest in the country) provide unique opportunities for the study of the art of the book.  Our ongoing collection of faculty publications and the Loyola student/faculty publishing collaborative, Apprentice House, are also among our treasures.  New additions to Special Collections are the correspondence of Flannery O’Connor and Evelyn Waugh which document the connections of the writers with the Notre Dame of Maryland University of Maryland and Loyola University Maryland respectively.

At the end of the Spring 2008 semester,  Notre Dame of Maryland University intern, Katherine O’Brien ‘09 completed an annotated bibliography of research sources in  Archives and Special Collections relating to the history of theatre at both Loyola and Notre Dame, as well as Baltimore and Maryland.   This is the first in a series  of  subject based annotated bibliographies planned by the department.  To access the theatre bibliography please click on the following link:

Sources for the Study of Theatre in Archives and Special Collections, Loyola Notre Dame Library


Elizabeth Morrissy Exhibit - Compiled by Loyola Notre Dame Archives, Spring 2014. Elizabeth Morrissy was a woman ahead of her time, view her story as told through documents and photos in the Morrissy Papers in the Loyola Notre Dame Archives. Archives staff has compiled this informative and photograph filled presentation. (59pp. PowerPoint)

The Baltimore Historical Pamphlets Collection - In full text and searchable
Twenty-two pamphlets (covering the period from 1840-1921) include commentary on such subjects as the Civil War from the Confederate perspective; public education and the history of medicine in Baltimore; general Maryland history and treastises on religion and/or philosophy. Most of the documents were printed in Baltimore which housed a significant printing industry that flourished as well throughout Maryland from colonial times through the mid twentienth century. The original pamphlets are also available for viewing in Archives and Special Collections.

Science and Mathematics for Women, a Notre Dame Tradition - This exhibit highlights the pioneering efforts of Notre Dame of Maryland University and its predecessor, Notre Dame of Maryland Collegiate Institute to instruct and encourage young women of the 19th century in the study of the sciences and mathematics, and as well document the ongoing tradition that continues to flourish on the campus today.

We look forward to your visiting Archives and Special Collections - in the library and online - in the very near future.