About the Archives


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 and 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 Archives maintains a number of special collections including the papers of journalists such as Jim Bishop, Douglas Edwards, S.L.A. Marshall and Roi Ottley.  Many of Thomas Merton’s papers are housed here, too.  


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 future.  

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, records of student and faculty organizations and committees, office records, diaries, faculty publications, class notebooks, and photographs.