The mission of the Department of Special Collections and University Archives is to collect, arrange, describe, preserve, and service records of enduring historical value for research, instructional, and administrative use. The archival and manuscript collecting program of the department is an extension of the spiritual, philosophical, and scholarly strengths of the university as a Christian, Catholic, and Jesuit institution.

  • Photo of Edwin A. Shanke at his trypewriter.
    Edwin A. Shanke, WWII reporter
    Explore our collection on the remarkable Edwin A. Shanke, World War II reporter and Marquette alumnus.  
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    MU HISTORY ONLINE
    Access thousands of images and texts documenting the history of the university.  
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Native America
Collections

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Rare Book
Collections

Marquette's Rare Book Collection

Digitized
Collections

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J.R.R. Tolkien
Collection

Marquette's Tolkien Collection

Dorothy Day
Catholic Worker

Connect to the Dorothy Day Collection

Women's
History

Sources on the History of Women

University
History

Discover more about University Records

A-Z Collection
Checklist

Connect to alphabetical index of collections.