Archives & Special Collections

Aerial view of campus facing west, circa 1959

Aerial view of campus facing west, circa 1959

The primary purpose of the Concordia University Archive is to preserve and service the official records of the institution and make them available to faculty, staff, students, board members, and outside researchers. In a sense, it shall be the official memory of the University and, as such, serve the administration. The collection consists of a variety of records: official records of academic departments and University offices; official University publications such as circulars, catalogs, newsletters, announcements, and programs; photographs, slides and negatives; audio/visual recordings; and digital or machine-readable records.

Our archive holds many different collections, from official university records to personal, manuscript collections. Here are examples of some of the many things you can find in our archive:

  • Photos
  • Plaques, awards, giveaways from campus events and other memorabilia
  • Programs and flyers from events – commencement, plays, concerts…
  • Concordia publications and Yearbooks
  • Handbooks, academic catalogs, course bulletins
  • Academic and Accreditation reports
  • Manuscript collections of former CSP faculty, staff, and presidents
Access to the materials in our archive is by appointment only. In order to ensure continued preservation of the materials in our collection, our archival collections are not browsing collections. We ask that you contact our archivist via email or phone at least 24 hours in advance of when you would like to visit to use the materials.

Policies and Procedures

Concordia Archives & Special Collections Polices and Procedures

Online Collections

Concordia University Digital Archives – Digital archive of Concordia student newspapers and 3 books detailing Concordia’s history, going back to 1925

Minnesota Reflections: Concordia University – St. Paul Collection – Includes scenes of student life from the university’s early years. Photographs show scenes of excursions to Minnehaha Falls, ice fishing, and boating on the Mississippi River.

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