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About the Fairfield University Archives and Special Collections

Our Mission

The Fairfield University Archives and Special Collections is a resource center dedicated to the preservation and access of primary sources documenting the history of Fairfield University and Fairfield College Preparatory School.  Archives staff are available to help researchers identify documents, publications, photographs and audio-visual material on various topics related to the University. In addition to being the main repository for University history, the Fairfield University Archives and Special Collections also houses unique collections and rare books, used primarily for classroom demonstrations, research and exhibits.

Use of the University Archives

In-person use of the Archives is primarily by appointment. Appointments can be scheduled during the week by contacting the University Archivist. In-person requests for certain types of material may also be handled at the Reference Desk. The Reference staff are available during library hours and may be reached by phone at (203) 254-4000 ext. 2178 or by e-mail at

Although we will do our best to accommodate all walk-ins and on-the-fly requests, the Library strongly encourages researchers to contact the University Archivist directly by email with specific questions or any extended research requests.  A survey of available material on a particular topic can be done by the archives staff ahead of time, saving the researcher unnecessary time and travel.  In many cases, material can be scanned and delivered to researchers via email or a file sharing system.

Researchers wishing to come to the library in-person to do extended work in the University Archives or Special Collections may do so with special permission from the University Archivist. Feel free to contact us with any questions or extended research requests.

Use of Special Collections Material

The Fairfield University Archives and Special Collections is home to rare books and several unique collections of material that are available for research, classroom, and exhibit use.  These include the Book of Kells, the St. John's Bible, the Walter J. Petry Collection, and the John S. Sharnik Collection

The rare books are available for in-library use during library hours and patrons can request access to these through the Reference Desk; however in some cases the materials may be deemed too fragile for normal handling, in which case patrons may contact the University Archivist for an appointment to view the item.  Unique collections are also available to researchers.  Feel free to contact us with any questions related to use or display of these collections.

University Archivist

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Elise Bochinski
DiMenna-Nyselius Library
Fairfield University
1073 North Benson Rd
Fairfield, CT 06824

Phone: 203-254-4000 x2892


The Fairfield University Archives and Special Collections is housed and administered by the DiMenna-Nyselius Library. Policies governing access to and use of archival materials are in accordance with policies established by the Library, and take into account any restrictions placed on access by the donor or originating office that have been accepted by the Library.

For more information about our policies, please visit our Policies page.