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University Archives & Special Collections


Resources on the history of Fairfield University and related topics.

University Archives

The University Archives is the repository for material relevant to the history, culture and ongoing development of Fairfield University. Topics include administrative records, campus buildings and grounds, academic life, and student life.

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Special Collections


Saint John's Bible

This seven-volume Heritage Edition of the Saint John's Bible is an expression of both art and theology. Created by artists working in a scriptorium in Wales in tandem with scholars at St. John's University in Central Minnesota, the St. John's Bible is the first and only handwritten, illuminated Bible in the modern era. 

Walter J. Petry, Jr. Collection - Nicaragua: the Sandinista Years, 1979-1990

This eclectic collection of material includes books, newspapers, journals, pamphlets, posters and objects related to the Sandinista Revolution in Nicaragua.
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Book of Kells

Created by Celtic monks c. 800 AD, the Book of Kells is an illuminated manuscript, containing the four New Testament gospels in Latin. Richly illustrated, this facsimile edition is a stunning combination of Christian iconography, Western calligraphy, and insular art. 

For more information about these and other special collections available at the library for research and classroom use, please click HERE or feel free to contact the University Archivist.

Digital Collections

The Fairfield University History Online is an online database of historical material related to the history of Fairfield University. It also contains online access to many of our special collections.  Browse by Collection or search the entire database.

Who can I contact about Fairfield University History Online?
Please send all comments and feedback about Fairfield University History Online to For assistance in searching, please feel free to contact the University Archivist.