Archival Collection

The Marywood University Archives contains the inactive records that document the history of Marywood (College) University. Following is a summary of the scope of the archival collection.


A wide variety of artifacts are kept in the University Archives. Banners, glassware, magnets, statues, dance cards, posters, plaques, artwork, trophies, and other Marywood memorabilia tangibly chronicle over a century of Marywood history.

Audiovisual Records

Scores of audiocassettes and videocassettes, as well as a few record albums and an increasing number of CDs and DVDs, relate aspects of Marywood’s past through oral histories, musical and video recordings, and electronic media produced at Marywood or by members of the Marywood Community.


A small collection of books by and about Marywood and its faculty is kept in the Archives, along with some rare books that have been donated to the University or withdrawn from the Marywood University Library.

Documents and University Publications

In addition to documentation of administrative decisions (reports, self-studies, meeting minutes) and the functions of University departments and committees (brochures, booklets, correspondence), the Archives contains blueprints of University buildings, most publications by students and staff, as well as other paper records of special events in Marywood’s history. Additionally, cards, programs, newsletters, invitations, and fliers chronicle Marywood’s development since its founding in 1915.

News Clippings

The Archives contains an estimated 50,000 news and feature articles, advertisements, announcements, and other selected news clippings related to Marywood, from local and national publications, dating from the turn of the twentieth century.

Photographic Archives

Marywood’s Photographic Archives Collection includes approximately 100,000 black and white and color photographs and slides, contact sheets, and some 35 mm and glass plate negatives, from the early twentieth century to the present. In addition to documenting the campus and its buildings, these materials include portraits and candid photos of Marywood’s founders, faculty, staff, administrators, trustees, friends, and students. The collection comprises images of class sessions; meetings of clubs, organizations, and committees; and events of every kind—academic, religious, athletic, social, executive, and more.