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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.  Please click here to Schedule an Appointment with the University Archivist.  

In-person requests for cataloged material may also be handled at the Library Services and Information Desk. The Research Librarians are available during library hours and may be reached by phone at (203) 254-4000 ext. 2188 or by e-mail at

Although we do our best to accommodate walk-ins, the Library strongly encourages researchers to contact us ahead of time in regards to their research requests.  A survey of available material on a particular topic can be done quickly and efficiently by the archives staff, 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 long-term, extended work in the Archives and Special Collections are welcome to contact the University Archivist directly to discuss their research needs and arrange a schedule.

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

Although in-person use for most of these collections is primarily by appointment, many special collections books are available for in-library use during library hours and patrons can request access to these through the Library Services & Information Desk.  For more in-depth research requests,  please click here to Schedule an Appointment with the University Archivist In addition, feel free to contact the Archivist with any questions related to exhibits or classroom use.

University Archivist

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Elise Bochinski
Phone: 203-254-4000 x2892

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


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.