The mission of the Department of Special Collections and University Archives is to collect, arrange, describe, preserve, and service records of enduring historical value for research, instructional, and administrative use. The archival and manuscript collecting program of the department is an extension of the spiritual, philosophical, and scholarly strengths of the university as a Christian, Catholic, and Jesuit institution.

  • Lord of the Rings Symphony
    Newly Acquired: Tolkien-Inspired Symphony
    The original score of Johan De Meij's Lord of the Rings symphony is now part of our Tolkien collection.  
  • Bodleian Exhibition
    Bodleian Hosts Major Tolkien Exhibit
    A major J. R. R. Tolkien exhibition at the Bodleian Libraries features a dozen pages from our Tolkien collection.  
  • Marquette University History Online
    Explore MU HISTORY ONLINE
    Access thousands of images and texts documenting the history of the university.  

Native America
Collections

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Rare Book
Collections

Marquette's Rare Book Collection

Digitized
Collections

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J.R.R. Tolkien
Collection

Marquette's Tolkien Collection

Dorothy Day
Catholic Worker

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Women's
History

Sources on the History of Women

University
History

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A-Z Collection
Checklist

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