Explore college history through our archives and special collections.

Peer into the College’s Past

Are you interested in college history, or would you like to see a photograph of your professor as a student? Make an appointment today to visit our archives and special collections area of the library, and see our ever expanding collection of college and Norbertine memories.

While you’re here, don’t forget to check out our collections of college beanies, Lloyd Alexander illustrations and Madeline L’Engle materials.

 Explore our digital collections of photographs, yearbook images, and manuscripts dating back to the settling of the area.  Or, enjoy our ever growing list of exhibits.

What You’ll Find in Our Archives Collection
Documents, records, photographs, articles, audio-visual materials, publications, manuscripts, and scrapbooks that document the the history of the college:

  • Administrative records
  • Biographical records
  • Academic Life
  • Student Life
  • Buildings and Grounds
What You’ll Find in Special Collections

The Special Collections of the Archives houses many different collections of materials, many of which have online exhibits:

Confessions of Saint Augustine 
St. Norbert College Archives is the home to the Klimon Collection of editions of the “Confessions” by St. Augustine. The collection includes over 75 editions of the “Confessions” written in many different languages dating from the sixteenth century. St. Augustine was the fifth century bishop and doctor of the church whose rules St. Norbert adopted in 1121 after he founded the order.

Collection of Lloyd Alexander 
In August 2012, Robert Boyer (professor emeritus of English) donated his personal collection of Lloyd Alexander's published works. The collection also includes correspondence between Boyer and Alexander, including Christmas cards and letters. Lloyd Alexander had been a very successful author in young adult fantasy literature. His works include “Time Cat,” “The Chronicles of Prydain,” and “The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio”.

The Works of Thomas Jefferson
Under the supervision of Thomas Jefferson Randolph (Thomas Jefferson’s grandson), the federal government acquired the Virginia Records of The Work of Thomas Jefferson. The collection at St. Norbert College includes Volumes 1-10 of “The Works of Thomas Jefferson” collected and edited by Paul Leicester Ford.

Life and Times of George Washington
The St. Norbert College Archives is the home to two volumes of the “Life and Times of George Washington” written by John Frederick Schroeder and containing a particular account of national principals and events.

Collection of Madeleine L’Engle
L’Engle is most famous for her children's book, “A Wrinkle in Time,” written in 1962. It was awarded the 1963 Newberry Medal for Children’s Literature. Our collection has some of her other famous pieces including many that are autographed.

Collection of John Bennett
John Bennett (professor emeritus of English) is considered a great poet, teacher and writer. Bennett, a Melville Scholar, has published the two well-known books “Griefs and Exultations,” first published by the St. Norbert College Press, and “The Struck Leviathan: Poems on Moby Dick.”

Collection of Fr. Anselm Keefe
He was a priest, biologist, teacher, military chaplain and a dean. He provided almost 50 years of service to St. Norbert College, and was its dean from 1927-1941 and 1941-1946. In addition to his specimen collection in the college herbarium, Fr. Keefe collected rare botany books, which are housed in special collections. A collection of photographs archived digitally can be found on Recollection Wisconsin.

The Next Step
In 2013, Karina O’Malley, former Professor of Sociology, donated her collection of documents, newsclippings and photographs from The Next Step, a homelessness project begun at St. Norbert College. This project became the impetus for the first homeless shelter in Green Bay/De Pere area. The Next Step organization was very involved in the homelessness movement in the United States, and this collection documents growth of the program.

Collection of Gordon Parmentier
Francis Gordon Parmentier ( 1923 - 2008), composer and native of Green Bay, who attended St. Norbert College. Parmentier served in the military in France during World War II. After completing his military service, he attended the Sorbonne Conservatory of Music in Paris and received an advanced degree in music composition. His most famous work is the opera, The Lost Dauphin. His estate donated his papers to the Mulva Archives in 2003.