What We Do


The University of Scranton Archives and McHugh Special Collections preserves and provides physical and digital access to documents, publications, photographs, books, artwork, and other material of historical value. We also offer class visits and present exhibits throughout the year.

University of Scranton Archives

The University Archives serves the administration and community of the University of Scranton by collecting, preserving, and making available institutional records of permanent value.

Under the University of Scranton administration's Records Management program, the University Archives is responsible for collecting and preserving records of legal, administrative, and fiscal value to protect the institution as a legal entity and promote its efficient management. The Archives provides access to this material, under controlled conditions and with some restrictions, to both the University community and to outside researchers. The department further supports the records management program by providing advice on retention scheduling, appraisal of records, and storage for records of permanent value.

Series specific to the University Archives consist of three categories of records. Official archival records are created or received by University officials in the conduct of affairs. Semi-official records include the records and publications of University-sponsored student, alumni, and faculty associations or organizations. Related records consist of those created by University community members and reflect the life of the institution; faculty papers are an example. These records document the various functions of the University such as teaching, research, cultural activities, student life, and athletics, as well as the administrative functions needed to sustain the institution.

Helen Gallagher McHugh Special Collections

The Helen Gallagher McHugh Special Collections acquires and provides access to material related to Jesuit history, the history of the book, the history of penmanship and calligraphy, and select items related to the history of Northeast Pennsylvania.

Digital Collections

The Digital Services Department acquires, appraises, describes, publishes, and provides long-term preservation of digital content related to University Archives and McHugh Special Collections. Digital collections include digitized as well as born digital materials of all media types.