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University Archives & Special Collections

ENGL 1001: Fall 2022 (Bowen)

Welcome!

Emerging vs. Strong Research to Support Evidence-Based Design - Sara  MarberryWelcome to this course guide for Prof. Betsy Bowen's ENGL 1001. 

The purpose of this page is to give you a short list of available primary resources for your assignment focused on Fairfield University history.  This list is meant to get you started; feel free to utilize other tools and databases available via this research guide as you explore your topics. 

As a reminder, below is a link to the essay you read by authors Gaillet and Rose on Place-Based Research and Writing using archival sources.

The Manor - Fairfield University Yearbook

Image Not Found!Yearbooks contain text and photographs celebrating the graduating seniors and events of the year.  They often contain: photographs, pictures of the senior class, summaries of campus activities, clubs, sports and salient world events.  They may also include photos of administrators, faculty, and staff.  Ads are at the back for patrons and local businesses.

Yearbooks are available in print on the main floor of the library in the reference section.  These are for in-library use only.

Digital versions of the Fairfield University yearbook the Manor are available form 1951 - 2011.  They are available via two portals:

Internet Archive: The Manor

Fairfield University History Online: The Manor

The Mirror (1977-present)

The Mirror is Fairfield University's official student newspaper.  For current issues, please visit their website at:  The Mirror.

For issues from 1977 through 2014, please see: Fairfield University History Online: The Mirror (1977-2014)

NOTE: if you have any trouble accessing these, please email the University Archivist Elise Bochinski at ebochinski@fairfield.edu.  We will be happy to help you.

Course Catalogs (1947 - 2011)

Course catalogs or bulletins are a great source of information about ongoing curriculum changes at the University.  They describe the courses offered and often contain lists of faculty and administrative departments and personnel.  In addition, they offer information regarding mission, degrees awarded, tuition fees, core requirements, and brief histories of departments and schools within the University.

Course Catalogs are available via two portals:

Internet Archive: Fairfield University Course Catalogs

Fairfield University History Online: Course Catalogs

Student Newspapers 1940s - 1970s

Student newspapers from 1947 through the early 1970s can be found using the following links:

Student Newspapers (Tentative, Fulcum, Stag)

OR

Fairfield University History Online: Early Student Newspapers

NOTE: if you have any trouble accessing these, please email the University Archivist Elise Bochinski at ebochinski@fairfield.edu.  We will be happy to help you.

Newspapers will contain articles about current events on campus and in the world, editorial pieces including letters to the editor, reviews of plays and music, photographs, ads for local goods and services, as well as publicity for upcoming events on and off campus.  They are a great source of primary research about campus life.

Photographs

This collection offers about two hundred photograph of early campus buildings, people, and some campus events.  Information about each photo is included below in the metadata.  Please feel free to visit the collection now located in Fairfield's institutional repository DigitalCommons@Fairfield:

Image Archive

Don't forget!  The Manor yearbook is also a great source for photographs. 

For more assistance with photographs, please feel free to contact the University Archivist Elise Bochinski at ebochinski@fairfield.edu.

For Research Help

For research outside the scope of Fairfield University history, you may wish to schedule appointment with a research librarian. You can do that here:  Schedule and Appointment with a Librarian.

Don't need a full appointment? You can Ask a Librarian by phone, text, email, or chat!


For primary research related to Fairfield University history in our Archives & Special Collections, click here to Schedule an Appointment with the University Archivist.