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Special Collections, Rare Books, and University Archives

Official Website for the Department of Special Collections, Rare Books, and University Archives at Butler University

University Archives

University Archives documents and preserves the history and records of Butler University. Materials within this institutional archive were created by or for Butler University, specifically those relating to the institution's operations and history. The collection is a combination of official institutional records and correspondence, student and alumni organizational records and ephemera, institutional publications, and research collections maintained by the department. Some frequently used resources and collections include academic bulletins and catalogs, alumni directories, The Butler Alumnal Quarterly (know published as the Butler Magazine), The Butler Collegian (student-run newspaper), the Drift (yearbook), the Butler University Buildings and Grounds Collection (which includes text, visual images, and select architectural plans), and the Butler University Biographical Files Collection.

Below are the following sections of information: 

  • Frequently Requested Collection Guides
  • Selection of Digital Resources
  • University Archives Collection Guides
  • University Archives Classification System
  • University Archives Inventory
  • Additional Resources

NOTE: More collection guides will be made available from this page as collections continue to be processed. Some of the collection guides listed are older and outdated but have been made available in their current states to allow researchers a point of access. These collection guides will be updated to reflect new information and inventories as reprocessing takes place.

Please contact Special Collections with questions. 

Frequently Requested Collection Guides

Selection of Digital Resources

The following are a selection of resources (some available online and others only described) that are held in University Archives. While this is not a full inventory of what University Archives holds, it is a starting place for researchers. 

A Selection of Predecessor Access Lists for Butler University Board Minutes

These access lists were created by the department of Special Collections sometime prior to 1995. While these access lists do not provide full word-for-word access to Butler University Board minutes online, they provide basic information that can be found in the minutes such as general subjects, meeting dates, and a chronological listing of topics covered in the meeting minutes (for only particular years); researchers may then contact Special Collections with specific questions about specific content in the minutes or may schedule a research visit to view the minutes themselves. 

These predecessor access lists will be updated at a future point in time. 

University Archives Collection Guides

University Archives Classification System

NOTE: The classification system is currently under creative review. An explanation of the classification system and additional description will be posted here when an official system has been approved.

Materials are regularly accepted and added to University Archives, primarily from Butler University departments and individuals associated with the institution. Noting the continuous and cyclical nature of additions to this collection, a numerical classification system is used to organize materials rather than collection numbers. Every department's records may not be processed or have a completed collection guide due to time constraints, but the classification system allows for streamlined storage and more efficient access to unprocessed materials. 

Please contact Special Collections with questions.

University Archives Inventory

This is an incomplete inventory of University Archives as of May 2021.


Please contact Special Collections with questions and for more information on current holdings.

Additional Resources


Email Butler University Libraries
Irwin Library: 317-940-9227
Science Library: 317-940-9937
CAT: 317-940-8575

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