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Special Collections and University Archives (SPARC) has mounted 21 digital collections, featuring more than 60,000 items in digital form. These online resources represent just a fraction of the 50 million documents preserved in SPARC. You can use the search box above to search across our digital collections or use the advanced search function (top of every page) to search within select collections.

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Catholic Native
America Collections

  • Catholic Native American Collection provides a federated search portal for accessing the university-related collections listed below, as well as thousands of scans made in response to patron requests.
  • Bureau of Catholic Indians Missions 
			  Digital CollectionBureau of Catholic Indian Missions contains over 1,800 images of Native Americans and related Catholic churches, schools, clergy, and religious from across the United States. Most were submitted to The Indian Sentinel as illustrations. A few images from the Sacred Heart Franciscan Records and the Walter Bernard Hunt Collection are also included.
  • Holy Rosary Mission-Red 
			  Cloud Indian School Digital CollectionHoly Rosary Mission—Red Cloud Indian School offers access to photographic images of Oglala, Brulé, and other Indians, Jesuits, Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity and other Catholic personnel, primarily at Holy Rosary Mission and the Red Cloud Indian School and the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Indian reservations in South Dakota.
  • The Indian Sentinel Digital 
			  CollectionThe Indian Sentinel, 1902-1962 was a fundraising magazine published by the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions. The magazine features articles by clergy, religious and Native Americans about Native life in the United States and related Catholic churches and schools.
  • Saint Francis Mission 
			  Digital Collection St. Francis Mission The St. Francis Mission Digital Image Collection features images of Brulé and Oglala Indians, Jesuits, and Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity, mostly at St. Francis Mission School on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota.


University History

  • Marquette University History OnlineMarquette University History Online provides a federated search portal for accessing the university-related collections listed below, as well as thousands of scans made in response to patron requests.
  • Building a Campus CollectionBuilding a Campus contains over 600 images and printed materials documenting the built environment through the course of Marquette University's history. The initial November 2010 release focuses on 14 buildings; regular additions featuring other buildings will be made over time.
  • Hilltop Yearbook Digital 
		  CollectionThe Hilltop Yearbooks span from 1915 to 1996 and offer online access to Marquette University’s student annual.

  • Hall of Fame Digital CollectionThe Hall of Fame Collection contains over 1,200 images of individual athletes, select teams, coaches, and administrators who have been inducted into the M Club Hall of Fame.
  • Marquette Tribune OnlineThe Marquette Tribune Online provides digital access to the historic print run of the student newspaper, beginning in 1916.

  • Porthole ThumbnailNaval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) Porthole provides digital access to the yearbooks of the Navy ROTC program.

  • Ralph Metcalfe: The Olympic Years 
		  Digital CollectionRalph Metcalfe: The Olympic Years 1932-1936 contains 100 images, newspaper clippings, and other print materials about the sprinter once known as "The World’s Fastest Human."

  • Service at Marquette Digital 
		  CollectionService at Marquette includes 150 images from 1969 through 2006 demonstrating Marquette’s ongoing commitment to community service activities.

  • University Histories Digital 
		CollectionThe University Histories Collection comprises two out-of-print volumes detailing the history of Marquette University, one published in 1906 and the other in 1953.

  • Connect to the Women in Blue & Gold Digital 
		CollectionWomen in Blue & Gold features nearly 2,000 images documenting women’s intercollegiate athletics at Marquette University from 1975 through 2000.


  • African American Catholics in the U.S.African American Catholics in the United States contains over 200 images of African American clergy, religious, and laity, plus others in ministry to them, in parishes and schools, religious communities, and lay organizations since 1900.
  • Alfred Hamy’s Jesuit Portrait 
		Gallery Digital CollectionAlfred Hamy’s Jesuit Portrait Gallery contains over 400 portrait engravings of famous Jesuits, scanned from the pages of Rev. Alfred Hamy, S.J.’s Galerie Illustrée de la Compagnie de Jésus (Paris: 1893).
  • Edwin Shanke 
		  CollectionEdwin A. Shanke: AP Reporter in Germany, 1937-1942 provides access to Shanke's three albums of photographs depicting his travels across Europe, his over 100 letters and cables sent to family in the United States, and selected wire copy that Shanke drafted as an AP reporter documenting Europe's descent into war.

  • The Gesu CollectionThe Gesu Collection offers records from the Gesu Parish and School Collection that will be of interest to genealogists. Many of the records come from St. Gall Parish which consolidated with Holy Name Parish to form Gesu.
  • I'll Tell You A Story: Memories of 
		Pre-Holocaust EuropeI'll Tell You a Story: Memories of Pre-Holocaust Europe provides full-text access to 25 oral history interviews describing the fabric of Jewish life in Europe in the 1920s and 1930s.
  • In the SpotlightIn the Spotlight presents limited amounts of digitized materials that are relevant to current events, historical anniversaries, or that are central to Marquette University’s heritage.
  • Postcards from Manhattan: The Portrait Photography of Carl 
	    Van Vechten Digital CollectionPostcards from Manhattan: The Portrait Photography of Carl Van Vechten offers portrait postcards of prominent individuals, photographed by Carl Van Vechten and mailed to his friend, Karl J. Priebe, between 1946 and 1956.
  • Horse with Harp Tolkien ThumbnailTolkien Fandom Oral History Collection Brief audio interviews and transcriptions with fans of English author J. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973), responding to three general questions: When did you first encounter the works of J. R. R. Tolkien? Why are you a fan? What has he meant to you?

  • Tolkien FanzinesTolkien Fanzines Selected historical fan magazines (slang: fanzines) created by fans of author J.R.R. Tolkien, digitized from the extensive Hunnewell Fanzine Collection.