Distinctive Collections materials are available by appointment.  You may also request that an item be scanned. We are able to do partial scans and may be able to do full scans depending on copyright and staff availability. Please submit requests through this form. We also have numerous digital items already available in the Digital Library. For assistance in researching Distinctive Collections materials please email us.


Welcome to the Villanova University Archives

The Villanova University Archives are the official depository for the permanent records of the university. These records are deemed permanent because of their legal, fiscal, administrative, or historical value.

The Archives were established to collect, preserve, appraise, describe, organize and make accessible all permanent records in whatever form made or received in connection with the transaction of university affairs. It is the responsibility of the Archives to document the operations, policies, and programs of Villanova University.

In effect, the Archives serve as the institutional memory of the University.


Distinctive Collections & Digital Engagement is proud to announce our finding aids are now publicly available and searchable through our VuFind catalog and a public user interface through ArchivesSpace Currently all the Villanova Presidents’ papers from 1870s to 1980s are publicly accessible.  Over the course of the next year, expect to see more University Archives finding aids from other areas of the University published.

Explore published University Archives finding aids here:



View the video below for a tutorial on how to use ArchivesSpace:

View digitized content from University Archives in the Digital Library:


ONLINE Exhibits


More Information

Please read the Villanova University Archives Collection Development Policy for more information on the University Archives history and policies.


Records Retention Policy 

Please see the Records Retention Policy and Schedules (pdf)


Transfer Records to the University Archives

To arrange a donation or transfer of materials, please contact Beaudry Rae Allen, Digital and Preservation Archivist beaudry.allen@villanova.edu.


Art and Sciences, Nursing, Engineering and Business maintain a syllabi archive.  Students may access this system to view (in read-only mode) syllabi for courses that are currently being offered or for certain courses that have been offered in the past.   

See the archive at: Syllabi Archive