The Archives holds records dating back to the founding of St. John’s University in 1870, although the bulk of records are from the post-World War II era. The Archives contains administrative records, manuscripts, audio/visual materials, photographs, memorabilia, and other artifacts. Finding aids or inventories are available for many of the collections.
The collections include records and papers of the founding and establishment of St. John’s College (and St. John’s Preparatory School), Brooklyn, New York, in the 1870s; the formation of the School of Education in 1908; the creation of law, business and pharmacy schools in the 1920s at a separate campus in downtown Brooklyn (“Brooklyn Center”); the college’s transition to University status and the establishment of a doctoral program in the 1930s; on-campus military training during World Wars I and II; the post-war impact of the G.I. bill and the commencement of coeducation; the growth and importance of intercollegiate athletics; the withdrawal of the University from the two Brooklyn campuses to the Queens campus between 1955 and 1972; the creation of a professional college, now called the College of Professional Studies in 1962; the faculty strike of 1965-67 that marked a profound transition in administrative structure and governance of the University; and the establishment of branch campuses at the former Notre Dame College of Staten Island, Oakdale, and Manhattan, and the international campuses in Rome and Paris.