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.

  • Exhibits
    Limited Opening; Exhibits Closed
    We're open on a modified basis but our exhibits—including the permanent JRR Tolkien exhibit—are temporarily closed.  
  • Fandom
    Calling all Tolkien Fans
    Take a few minutes to participate in the Tolkien Fandom Oral History Project, a collection of brief interviews with fans.   
  • Marquette University History Online
    Explore MU HISTORY ONLINE
    Access thousands of images and texts documenting the history of the university.