The Archives at St. Bonaventure University exists to document the
history of this institution. The activities of students, the
work of faculty, staff and the administration, the institution's
relationship with the community-at-large, and the physical plant are
all chronicled here in a collection which includes audio, video,
photographic and paper documentation. The Archives also provides
a learning experience for students and interns interested in the
historical process. Many of the pages in this site were created
by some of those students
The university's Governing Documents' "Document Retention Guidelines" support our mission:
The purpose of this policy is to ensure that necessary records and documents are adequately protected and maintained and to ensure that records that are no longer needed are discarded at the appropriate time. It is recommended that each department have an established practice of retaining documents and an annual date for disposing of outdated records.
When developing departmental guidelines, consideration should be given to preserving institutional history by identifying materials that are suitable for the University Archives and arranging for transfer of appropriate materials at the appropriate time.
The Archives maintains a number of special collections including
the papers of journalists such as
Bishop, Douglas Edwards,
L. A. Marshall and Roi Ottley. Many of Thomas
Merton's papers are housed here, too. There is a growing
collection of biographical
and historical material
on this site, including transcriptions of some of the documents
critical to the history of the University.
Much of our collection derives from and depends upon the awareness
of the campus community of the historical value of keeping records of
its activities. Just as we are often interested in our
predecessors' actions at St. Bonaventure, those who follow us here
will be curious about our lives at the University. This makes
the job of the Archives an active one, gathering evidence of current
and recent affairs on campus to provide the research materials for the
The St. Bonaventure Archives welcomes donations that are related to
the University, or are relevant to the curriculum. Of special value to
the Archives are St. Bonaventure University publications, final reports of committees and other units of the university, records of
student and faculty organizations, office records,
diaries, faculty publications, theses, honors and capstone projects, scrapbooks, photographs and video and digital media.
The Site Index provides a
comprehensive view of the Archives materials available here. A number of research tools are available on the Web for navigating
some of the Archives collections. These include the Google
search boxes and the Special
The Archives' office is located on the lowest level of Friedsam Library,
at the far left corner towards the Reilly Center.
Directions to the St. Bonaventure campus may be found here.
Summer hours (May-August) by appt.