Archives & Special Collections

Contact Information

Elise Bochinski, Access Services Librarian and University Archivist, (203) 254-4000 ext. 2892
Reference Desk, (203) 254-4000 ext. 2178

About the Archives and Special Collections

The Fairfield University Archives and Special Collections is a resource center dedicated to the preservation and access of primary sources documenting the history of Fairfield University and Fairfield College Preparatory School. Archives staff work to help researchers identify documents, publications, photographs and audio-visual material on various topics related to the origin and development of Fairfield University. Among the types of material included in this collection are student publications - newspapers, yearbooks, and literary magazines - as well as books written by members of the faculty. Copies of audio and video recordings of campus events are also retained here. The University Archives may serve as the depository for records of historical significance from University and Preparatory School offices.

The Fairfield University Archives and Special Collections is housed and administered by the DiMenna-Nyselius Library. Policies governing access to and use of archival materials are in accordance with policies established by the Library, and take into account any restrictions placed on access by the donor or originating office that have been accepted by the Library.

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Use of the Archives

Use of the Archives

In-person use of the Archives is primarily by appointment. Appointments can be scheduled during the week by contacting Elise Bochinski, University Archivist, at (203) 254-4000 ext. 2892, or by e-mail at In-person requests for archival and special collections material may also be handled at the Reference Desk. The Reference staff may be reached by phone at (203) 254-4000 ext. 2178 or by e-mail at

The Library encourages researchers to contact the Archivist directly either by phone or e-mail with any extended research requests. A survey of available material on a particular topic can be done by the Archives staff ahead of time, saving the researcher unnecessary time and travel. In many cases, material can be scanned and delivered to researchers via the Internet.

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General procedures for in-person use of the Archives are as follows:

  • Patrons requesting archival materials must complete a request form, available at the Reference Desk, listing materials needed.
  • The patron's ID or driver's license will be attached to the request form and held at the Reference Desk during use of the materials.
  • A librarian will go to the Archives and/or Special Collections room, find the material, and bring the material requested to the Reference Desk.
  • Material is for in-library use only; material should be returned to the Reference Desk.
  • The patron's ID will be returned immediately upon return of the materials being used.

Researchers wishing to come to the library in-person to do extended work in the Archives or Special Collections may do so with special permission from the University Librarian or the University Archivist. Please contact the Archivist to schedule an appointment.

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Fairfield University History Online

The Fairfield University History Online is an online collection of historical photographs and documents related to the history of Fairfield University. It includes yearbooks, course catalogs, student newspapers, photographs, magazines, and other information.

Online Guide

Need more information? Check out our Fairfield University History Best Bets Guide, a great starting point for research and resources on Fairfield University's past.

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