University of Scranton Archives

Collection Guide


The University Archives serves the administration and community of the University of Scranton by collecting, preserving, and making available records of permanent value that document the various functions of the University, including teaching, research, administration, cultural activities, student life, and athletics.
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Access and Use

Digital Access

Portions of this collection are born digital or have been digitized and are publicly accessible online. In some cases, access to digital materials of uncertain copyright status has been restricted to on-campus users only. Access to digital materials containing personally identifiable information (PII) or other sensitive content has been restricted to Archives staff only and may be available in redacted form upon request.

Physical Access

The collection is open for research. Physical materials may be browsed by appointment in the Reading Room of the University Archives and McHugh Special Collections. Minor portions of the collection may be restricted.Please contact University Archives staff for more details.


Materials in this collection generally fall under the copyright of the University of Scranton. These materials are publicly available for personal, educational use. Please contact the University Archives staff for permission for other uses.

Preferred Citation

[Item Title], [Folder], [Box], [Collection], University of Scranton Archives. [Reference URL for digital objects]

Linked Data


Administrative/Biographical History

See History of the University on the University's website

Scope and Content Note

The University of Scranton Archives contains yearbooks, student newspapers, institutional records, photographs, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, and other materials dating from the early years of St. Thomas College to the present. This material can be useful for students of local history, the history of education, and sports, cultural, and political history as reflected in the activities of the students, faculty, and administration of the University of Scranton.

System of Arrangement

Major categories of archival materials have been broken out into subcollections:

However, these subcollections are only a part of the larger University Archives collections. Please refer to our Subject Index list for an overview of topics covered.


The University Archives are constantly receiving new accessions. Please contact us for assistance with your request.

Digital Accruals

Born digital materials are accessioned into the collection upon request or when submitted to the University Archives by University departments and offices.

Acquisition Information

The University Archives was created in 1988 in conjunction with the University of Scranton's centennial celebration. The collection continues to grow through gifts and transfers.

Processing Notes


Selected materials from the collection have been digitized for special projects, exhibits, or research requests. In generally, digitization was performed in-house, using an Epson Expression 10000XL flat-bed scanner. Digital images were captured at between 300-600 dpi in full color (24-bit) in uncompressed TIFF format.

Bound volumes of Early Student Records were digitized in 2017. Digitization was outsourced to Backstage Library Works (BSLW) in Bethlehem, Pa. Page images were captured at 400 dpi, 24-bit color in TIFF format, using an overhead area array camera and copystand with glass. For typed volumes, searchable text was generated via automated optical character recognition (OCR). For handwritten volumes, manual transcriptions were prepared by BSLW for selected text (such as student names).


Metadata from this collection is exposed via Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). Known, active harvests include: