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Archives and Special Collections

About University Archives and Special Collections

The St. John’s University Archives, a unit of the University Libraries, houses the administrative and historical records of the University. Learn more about our collections, or contact us to make a research appointment. 


The Archives reflects the mission of the University by providing equal access to qualified researchers; by preserving the records of the University's Catholicity and its urban and Vincentian origins; by recording the relationship between Catholic higher education and its metropolitan urban setting; by documenting academic, administrative and student life; and by instructing, assisting and encouraging faculty, staff, students and researchers in the uses of archival holdings.

  • To identify the administrative records and papers of St. John's University from college origins in the late 1860s to the present;
  • To appraise them for legal, fiscal and administrative values, and for "enduring historical value;"
  • To bring them into archival custody; to arrange, describe, and preserve them for long-term preservation, reference and access.

This department also administers the University Special Collections, which includes rare books, bibles, art catalogs, manuscripts, and other unique materials.

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  • Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. (by appointment only)
  • Friday 9 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. (by appointment only)

The University Archives and Special Collections are closed on University holidays and weekends

Contact Info

St. John's University Archives
St. Augustine Hall, Rm B-20
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439 
Phone: 718-990-1465
Fax: 718-990-2024
Email: [email protected]

Call or email us to make a research appointment.