Category: Special Collections & Archives

No Experience Required

Students come to DePaul to learn.  Faculty don’t expect students to know the content and processes that will be assessed in finals week when students walk into their classrooms on the first day of the term; that first class session starts a journey and a progression. The same process of

Nora Epstein with Karen Scott’s History 323 course in the Special Collections and Archives Reading Room

‘Book Learning’ in Special Collections and Archives

Special Collections and Archives has assembled and cared for a remarkable collection of rare books in a variety of subject areas, with creation dates spanning several centuries. As a department in a teaching library, our rare books are preserved in order to be used. Researchers are always welcome to request

Into the Archives

This October marks the one-year anniversary of Special Collections and Archives’ debut in Newsline with a story about DePaul alumna Halloween Martin (b. October 31, 1900). The collections in the DePaul University Archives are rich in fascinating details about campus life, traditions, alumni and staff, and column author Jane Connelly has

Uncovering Chicago’s Historical Collections

This fall, faculty involved in the Chicago Quarter​ program, and those with an interest in the greater Chicago area, will have new resources available in the forms of a physical exhibit at the Chicago Public Library’s Harold Washington Library Center​ and an online resource that will streamline Chicago-related research queries.  These developments are thanks to the Chicago

Do You See What I See? Document Analysis Using Special Collections Sources

Faculty are often familiar with information literacy and the skills students need in order to effectively identify, evaluate and use information from a variety of sources. Archivists and special collections librarians use a framework for “artifactual literacy​” and focus on specialized sources that don’t often come neatly packaged with the same

After Forty Years of Service, Special Collections and Archives Department Head Kathryn DeGraff Retires From DePaul

Kathryn DeGraff retired in August after 40 years of service to the DePaul University Library. In a career dedicated to DePaul, Kathryn began work in Library Acquisitions, became the founding Head of what is now the DePaul University Special Collections and Archives, and was named the University’s first University Archivist.

“In Deeds & Words: The Prejean Ministry Against the Death Penalty,” Library Exhibit Opening And Reception with Sr. Helen Prejean

DePaul University Special Collections and Archives will open a new exhibit on May 14th, drawn from the personal papers of Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ. In Deeds and Words: the Prejean Ministry Against the Death Penalty reveals notable moments in Sr. Helen’s 30 years of advocacy on behalf of death row

Sister Helen Prejean: In Person and on Paper

Sister Helen Prejean’s recent visit to DePaul included many opportunities for conversations with students.  One evening in Special Collections brought life to other voices not present in the room those in letters, poetry, artwork and other documents preserved in Sister Helen Prejean’s papers in DePauls Special Collections and Archives. Students

DePaul University Library Welcomes Digital Archivist, Kyle Henke

Kyle Henke comes to DePaul University from Columbia College where he established an institutional repository and managed the digital collections of the College Archives while integrating material into the classroom and the College community. As Digital Archivist, Kyle’s role with the DePaul University Special Collections and Archives will be to