Brother Ambrose Groble, FSC, Archives of Lewis University

The Brother Ambrose Groble, FSC, Archives serves as the final repository for the historical records of Lewis University. Its primary purpose is to document the history of the University and to provide primary and secondary source materials for administrators, faculty, students, alumni and other members of the University community, as well as scholars, authors and other interested persons who seek information about the impact of the University’s activities.

Named in 1994 after its founder, the late Brother Ambrose Groble, FSC, the Archives is operated as a unit of Lewis University and is located in the University Library. Guided by the University Mission, the Archives is operated to provide a viable historical records repository and research room which will serve the needs of the Lewis University community and other patrons. The Archivist works in association with the faculty and staff of the University and facilitates the search for knowledge and truth for all of the patrons of the Archives.

The Archives identifies, appraises, acquires and preserves records of historical, legal and administrative value to Lewis University in various media and formats. The Archives arranges, describes and makes it collections accessible in support of scholarship, exhibitions, publications and education. These services are offered through databases, finding aids and other forms of publication.

The Collection
The Archives maintains those records which are judged worthy of permanent preservation in order to facilitate reference and research purposes. Material that belongs in the Archives includes documents received or created by the University in order to preserve its history. Official records encompass the materials generated or received by the various administrative offices, departments and units of the University in the conduct of their business.

These materials and documents are included in the following record groups.
Institutional History Non-Traditional Education Brothers of the Christian Schools
Board of Trustees Office of Business and Finance External Agencies and Entities
University Presidents Facilities Lewis University Airport
University Academic Affairs Human Resources Lewis University/St. Francis College Merger
Enrollment Management Student Services Lewis University College of Law
Financial Aid Athletics Faculty and Staff: Current and Former
College of Aviation, Science and Technology Institutional Advancement Faculty Scholarly Works
College of Business Alumni Scharmel Iris Special Collection
College of Humanities, Fine Arts and Communications Marketing and Communications Umberto Nobile Special Collection
College of Nursing and Health Sciences Annual University Events  
College of Education and Social Sciences    

Digital Collections
In the fall of 2013 the Archives staff started the process of digitizing certain parts of its collection to make them more readily available to the Lewis University community and to others interested in the history of the University. Over time more digital collections will be added and announced.

Lewis Yearbooks, 1952 – 1983
Lewis University yearbooks were published from 1952 to 1983. All the yearbooks are now digitized and available in this collection. They are word searchable by year. While individual pages can be saved or printed, entire books cannot.

Lewis Yearbooks, 1952 – 1983

Commencement Programs
All the Lewis University Commencement programs have been digitized and are available in this collection. They begin with Lewis College of Science and Technology in 1947 and continue through the name changes to Lewis College and then to Lewis University with the final program from the most recent commencement. These programs offer significant historical information about all the graduates, the commencement speakers, the different Presidents, and the various degrees conferred.

Lewis Commencement Programs, 1947-present

Lewis University Magazine
The Lewis University Magazine started publication in 1990 and offers feature articles about faculty, students and alumni. It includes information about developments on campus, new academic programs, sports updates, and perspectives on the Catholic and Lasallian Mission of Lewis University. This digitized collection begins with the very first issue and continues into 2015. All the magazines are word searchable, and individual pages can be saved or printed. These digitized issues are a valuable resource for students, faculty, alumni and the general public who are in search of historical information about people, events and programs on campus.

Lewis University Magazine, 1990-2015

Windows Fine Arts Magazine

Windows Fine Arts Magazine was first published in 1981 and continues to the present. The main purpose of this publication is to recognize and support the creative works of the Lewis University community through awards and publication. It provides students, faculty, staff and alumni the opportunity to express their creativity and to showcase the artistry that Lewis possesses. Writing, art and music are the three categories of entries that are accepted for publication. Entries are judged by a panel, and the winners are awarded prizes, and their entries appear in the magazine. All the issues of Windows Fine Arts Magazine have been digitized and are available for research and reading. It is both a printed journal and an online publication available at

Windows Fine Arts Magazine

Lewis University History Collection

This collection contains two publications which focus on the history of Lewis University. The first features the 75th anniversary of Lewis. Carol Wassberg, Kurt Schackmuth, Maryellen Davis and Dennis Cremin collaborated to create Lewis University 1932-2007: Celebrating 75 Years, a commemorative booklet. It recounts the struggle to launch a school to help impoverished boys during the Great Depression and traces its evolution into a mid-sized, values-centered university. The volume includes many historically significant photographs both in black and white and color. The second work, Lewis University: History Set in Stone, 2016, was written and edited by Brother Joseph Martin, FSC. A historical time capsule, the publication records a brief history of the thirty-two buildings and twenty-three special features on campus including plazas and statues. The descriptions of the buildings and features include a color photograph of each. Both works serve as valuable resources for those interested in the history of Lewis University.

Lewis University History Collection