Archives and Special Collections


Archive access is available to Saint Mary's University faculty, staff, and enrolled students, as well as alumni and public researchers. Access is by appointment only. Contact the Library Director Laura Oanes ( 507 457 6909 or loanes@smumn.edu) to set up an appointment or use this form to request materials. All materials must be signed for before using.


To access materials in the Special Collections contact a reference librarian at the Research Assistance Desk on the main level of the library.



To add materials to the Archives please contact Library Director Laura Oanes ( 507 457 6909 or loanes@smumn.edu) for assistance.


About the Collections

The University Archives, located in the McEnery Center, consist of over 600 linear feet of manuscripts, publications, records, and artifacts. Included are thousands of images--primarily photographs and slides.


The Special Collections of the Fitzgerald Library houses a substantive local history collection that provides context for the history of the university, as well as a collection of volumes of general historical value. Records for these titles can be accessed using the MnPALS Catalog.


Highlights of the Collection

Father Edward Lynch's collection on Saint Mary's college, 1922-1931
Brother J. Robert Lane's collection on Saint Mary's College history, 1910-1970
College university catalogs
Campus publications, newspapers, periodicals, and newsletters
Photograph/image collection, 1900-2003
Christian Brothers collection
Diocese of Winona collection

A Letter from Martin Luther King, Jr.

After reading Time Magazine's February 18th, 1957 cover story on Martin Luther King and the article "Two Women of Kentucky" which appeared in The Commonweal magazine on February 8th, Brother Luke Herbert, then Fitzgerald's Head Librarian, wrote a brief note to Martin Luther King, Jr. In a few days he received Reverend Martin Luther King's reply. Both letters can be found in Saint Mary's University archives.



History of the Archives

The university is indebted to Barbara Williams, Brother Paul Ostendorf, Brother Richard Gerlach, Brother Luke Herbert, Reverend Edward Lynch, and Dr. William Crozier who acquired, preserved, and arranged most of these records, images, and manuscripts that sustain the memory of the institution.